My mom's 100% Italian, born and raised on the Hill. So, when I sat down recently with Mario Purro at The Bradford on Atwells and he started talking about how he uses his family's meatball recipe, it brought back a lot of memories. Every Sunday night, when we were growing up, my mom would take the leftover meatballs from that afternoon's macaroni dinner (FYI: We didn't call it pasta and for the record, it's gravy, NOT sauce.) and make meatball sandwiches for us. That was definitely a highlight of our weekend. I know my mom would approve of Mario - and The Bradford - because, like her, he's from the Hill and he's serving up some amazing drink and food, including those meatballs, there now. He's also humble and hard working and he cares about the neighborhood. If my mom were writing this blog, she'd probably say something like - 'That Mario, he's a nice guy!' (Nice, btw, is the highest compliment that could be bestowed on anyone or anything in Gilda Cicerone Jeffrey's book. #JustSayin)
Here are a few pictures of The Bradford, including the recently renovated interior. Love it !!! And since the PattyJ.com team and I love to eat and drink - in moderation, of course - you may find us hanging out there one of these nights. After all, it is #ThePlaceToBe.
Wednesday & Thursday
Friday & Saturday
Sunday Funday = NFL ticket
12:30pm - 12:00am
Update: We were bummed out to hear about the recent closing of The Bradford. What a loss for Atwells Ave and the entire Federal Hill neighborhood! We wish Mario Purro well and know we'll be hearing great things about whatever he decides to do next.