Today is the final day of National Small Business Week, and last but not least, we’re highlighting Harbor East’s Italian restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original. I had the pleasure of speaking with owner Alessandro Vitale while dining at Chazz last week.
Vitale partnered with Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri to open the restaurant three years ago. Choosing Baltimore’s Harbor East location was a clear choice for Vitale since he was born and raised in Baltimore and has watched the area grow over the years with new businesses and residents. Chazz is only a few short blocks from the Vitale family restaurant, Aldo’s of Little Italy.
A large part of what sets Chazz apart from the slew of other Harbor East restaurants is its coal-fired pizza oven. This type of oven is commonly found in Italy and New York, but is difficult to come by in Baltimore.
Vitale’s commitment to Baltimore doesn’t end with his restaurants. He banks locally with 1st Mariner because he believes that people at a local community bank “know the roots and community.”
“It’s all about the people and the relationships,” he says. “[1st Mariner employees] are my customers too. They know my product, they know me and they know my needs.”
So the next time you’re in the Harbor East area, stop by Chazz and see for yourself what all the hype is about. I’m speaking from experience when I say their coal-fired oven makes their pizza stand out from the crowd. And don’t even get me started on the veal meatball! Just order it. You can thank me later.