Gnocco offers an intimate experience at the bar

Jan 17, 2017 417

By Wesley Case

In June, chef-owner Brian Lavin opened Gnocco, a love letter to his time not long ago studying abroad — and eating and drinking — through Italy and Spain as a University of Maryland, College Park student. An August Baltimore Sun review of Lavin's cuisine called the Brewers Hill establishment "a restaurant you don't want to overlook."

A recent Friday night trip confirmed that such advice applies to the bar, as well. Behind Gnocco's dimly lit bar stood bartender and general manager Sam White, who served mostly wine and cocktails to the bar's small crowd and dining room patrons with a deft touch.

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