The beautiful large wooden bar is the cornerstone of the restaurant
Supano's won three awards in 2011(Best Baltimore Italian Restaurant from the U.S. Commerce Association; Best Baltimore Steakhouse from The Destination Guide and Award Winning Excellence in Customer Satisfaction from Talk of the Town), so it's quite surprising that not many locals have heard of the place, including myself! It seems that it definitely is popular with tourists coming from the nearby hotels and from the hotel employees themselves, so says owner Terry Coffman. Not surprisingly, he wants to get the word out to locals!
So let's get to the dinner review, starting with a couple of appetizers.
Calamari ($11.95) - The large and crispy calamari were served with an ample amount of marinara sauce. The breading was good, though the calamari itself was a bit chewy. A good solid appetizer, though nothing special.
"Babycakes" Crabcakes ($13.95) - This appetizer comes with 2 2oz crabcakes, or "baby cakes." The babycakes were yummy, though a bit buttery, with a lot of jumbo meat and served with a tomato-y tartar sauce. Overall they were tasty, but for the price, there should have been more, plus I felt like it was haphazardly plated.
We then each got a salad to try (not pictured). I chose the House Salad with Balsamic Dressing ($9.95) and Dan ordered the Caesar salad ($9.95). My house salad came with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, olives, pepperoncini, cucumbers and onions, and the creamy balsamic dressing was sweet yet tangy - a perfect combination all around. I LOVED this salad and devoured it hungrily. Dan's Caesar salad, on the other hand, was not a favorite of mine. The dressing was a bit warm and there was too much olive oil or maybe too little garlic? We weren't sure, but it didn't have the usual Caesar-y taste.
For our entrees, Dan and I decided to each try one of the restaurant's specialties. He chose the massive 24oz Porterhouse ($44) and I chose the Meat Lasagna ($15.95) which was labeled as "Baltimore's Best" (though I was torn between that and the Eggplant Parmigiana which was labeled as "World's Best").
Since the lasagna was a generous portion, I packed more than half away for my lunch the next day and proceeded to order dessert! I HAD to order the profiteroles since that is one of my favorite desserts (OF ALL TIME) and we were told the Tiramisu is a house favorite.
Profiteroles (background) and Tiramisu (foreground)
The profiteroles were served in an unusual way. For $7.95 you get three cream puffs that are nestled in dark chocolate mousse and white chocolate mousse on the bottom (though it tasted like whipped cream to me and not white chocolate). This dessert was AMAZING, I loved the mousse so much and the cream puffs were little balls of heaven! Although it seems like it would be a heavy dessert, it was quite airy and satisfying. YUM.
Dan, on the other hand, couldn't get enough of the tiramisu ($5.95), so it worked out perfectly for the both of us. The tiramisu was incredibly rich, heavy on the cream with a slight amount of cake. This is tiramisu for people who don't know they like tiramisu yet. There wasn't a lot of coffee flavor, just cream cream and more cream!
Here are some other notes about the restaurant:
The downstairs bar in the "Man Cave"
- Dan wasn't a fan of the huge screen that plays Frank Sinatra (and probably other Rat Packers) music videos, since it was a bit of a distraction. I personally didn't mind it so much since I liked the music.
- The bar is GORGEOUS. We loved the lighting, the style, the wood. This is the type of bar that you could sit at and order Old Fashioneds the entire night.
- The service was INCREDIBLE, and no, not just to me - but everyone. The owner walked to every single table to see how they were doing.
- There's a "man cave" downstairs that's really neat. They have a pool table, darts, shuffleboard, a large bar and plenty of seating with a ton of tv's. I think this would be a great place to watch a game,or come for happy hour after work.
- This restaurant is open until 1:30AM DAILY!!!! That is INSANE! You can order from the full restaurant menu, though it does explain why an Italian Steakhouse has quesadillas and buffalo wings on their main menu. I wish they moved those items to a bar menu though, so it wouldn't cheapen the main dining menu.
- They have karaoke Mon-Fri and live blues and jazz on Friday and Saturday night
Another view of the basement
* This meal was complimentary, but all opinions and thoughts are my own!