GDL Italian by Giada: The Best Pizza in Baltimore

Hey Nomsters, this post is long overdue, but better late than never right?  We’re pumped to talk about the best pizza in Baltimore today.  GDL Italian by Giada is located inside Horseshoe Casino, and it’s a fairly new establishment that serves traditional Italian food with a modern twist.  If you haven’t been yet, you need to get there…and try our recommendations, ha.  So, without further ado, let’s talk food.

GDL Italian by Giada appetizer

Here are the GDL Italian by Giada apps you NEED to get:

  • The Italian “Crab Cake” ($16): jumbo lump crab arancini with old bay aioli.  The culinary team here doesn’t mess around – their arancini is 95% crab and 5% breading, if that.  These magical balls of goodness come out piping hot, and the accompanying dipping sauce is really quite something.
  • Local Oysters with Prosecco Mignonette ($15):  these were oh so fresh.  We don’t even like raw oysters on the regular, but we genuinely enjoyed these because they were so clean.  We also loved that they were served with pink peppercorns – the flavor profile was crisp and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day.
  • Burrata Caprese ($12):  cheese lovers unite!  This magical ball of creaminess was topped with basil pesto, roasted tomatoes and crispy breadcrumbs.  So much yum.
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The Best Pizzas at GDL

Now, onto their unbelievably delicious pizza.  They offer four different kinds, but you have the option of building your own if you prefer.  We’ve tried two out of the following available thus far:

  1. Bianca ($15):  mozzarella, parmigiano, herbs, thinly sliced mortadella or prosciutto de parma
  2. Funghi ($14):  mozzarella, gorgonzala dolce, arugula
  3. Margarita ($12):  mozzarella, oven dried tomatoes, parmigiano, basil
  4. Piccante ($16):  mozzarella, espositos spicy sausage, sopressata picante, calabrian chili paste

Can you guys guess which ones we’ve ordered? Ha.  We’ve gotten the Bianca (with prosciutto) and the Piccante, and both were obscenely good.  The dough was absolute perfection!  It was just the right amount of chewy, and they (miraculously) cooked it without burning anything.  We say “miraculously” because most places just can’t seem to get it right.  Either the pizza’s soggy or they char it, which is a no-go for us.  Some say they enjoy the char, but we don’t like paying for burnt pizza.  #sorrynotsorry

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It’s hard to pick a favorite between the two because you honestly can’t go wrong with either, but the Piccante may be a bit too spicy for some.  The chili paste they use is NO joke!  It won’t burn your mouth or anything, but it has a real kick to it – just giving you guys a heads up.  Anywho, we’re dying to try the Funghi next…but we probably won’t because we love our go-tos too much.  Note:  if you’re not into thin crust, you probably won’t think this is the BEST pizza in Charm City, but you’ll still enjoy it.  We love pan and deep dish as much as the next, but we prefer thin crust over all.

chitara gdl italian

If you’re not in the mood for pizza, get the Chitara or Chicken Parm.  The Chitara’s ($18) perfectly cooked al dente noodz served in a lemon and pea alfredo sauce.  The portion size may seem small at first, but it’s SUPER rich so you’ll find that it’s just the right amount.  Giada’s Chicken Parm’s ($25) kind of like a skinny but tasty chicken parm – it’s baked and served in pomodoro sauce, then topped with mozzarella, arugula, shaved fennal, and crispy bread crumbs.

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Now, onto our favorite part of the meal:  dessert.  We recommend the Brownie Sundae Affogato ($9) & the Cookie Duo ($9) – if you can’t choose between the two, get both and share!  The brownie’s super fudgy so it’s a must-try if you’re big into chocolate.  It comes with espresso fudge and white coffee gelato (!!!!)  The cookie duo flavors are as follows:  lemon ricotta and double chocolate chip.  Both were good, but the chocolate chip cookies stole the show in our opinion.

GDL italian cookie duo

Anywho, that’s a wrap for today!  We hope you guys enjoyed reading all about GDL Italian by Giada.  Definitely make sure to hit them up soon and let us know how you liked their food.  Until next time, Nomsters!  To browse more MD food porn, click here.

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