Italian Market in Gambrills Closes

The restaurant in the Village at Waugh Chapel shut its doors without warning.

The Italian Market and Restaurant in Gambrills has closed its doors.

The restaurant in the Village at Waugh Chapel surprised many customers when it did not open earlier this week. 

A sign on the door of the restaurant claims that the business is closed due to renovations. However, an employee who answered the phone at the Italian Market in Annapolis said the Gambrills restaurant is closed for good, but could re-open with a different concept. 

According to two potential customers, some restaurant employees also showed up to work unaware that the restaurant had closed. 

The Italian Market is located next to the former Damon's Grill, which closed in 2011. That building remains vacant. 

Buddy Ryan January 10, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Dont forget Atlanta Bread and the Japanese steak house our gone too.
Pat Gardner January 10, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Fugi (Japanese steak house) has moved to new Waugh chapel and extremely busy and great food
Stacey January 10, 2013 at 02:45 PM
The Fuji Japanese Steakhouse is not gone. They are renovating the old building into a fine dining Japanese restaurant.
John January 10, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Mama Roma's, a location 3X's as large as they needed and the retail aspect of it all combined killed them. I never really saw anyone shopping in their "grocery" area and to me, their deli area was never properly laid out, maintained or staffed. There's a psychology that goes with it. When customers don't see an employee in the deli area then it looks like a place not to buy anything. Of course, it's a Catch-22 since they never put anyone in the deli area because there were no customers there - then begins the downhill spiral.
Kat January 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Went there only once, was not impressed - just another bland chain restaurant and had nothing Italian about it at all! Good riddance to those big chain places, I say! We need more small, family-run eateries (and a few non-chain pubs would be nice, too!!)
Kat January 10, 2013 at 04:40 PM
PS: I've always wondered why they would build two malls so close to each other?? Talk about direct competition!!
Joey C. January 10, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Yeah...they weren't doing well buisness wise, the service was slow, sometimes the waiters gave us burnt garlic bread...once one even spilled something on my father. But I really liked their food and that was my favorite Italian place to go :( also it was right by my grandmas house
Scott Williams January 11, 2013 at 02:55 PM
We went there all the time with the kids. We liked their greek salad and pasta dishes. The problem was rude staff. Never looked happy and if you had a coupon they would act as if you were taking money from them (don't print them!). The sign on the doors says "CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS", so are they coming back?????
Sheryl Smith January 12, 2013 at 05:51 PM
My husband and I went there or ordered take-out about every other week. We never had any problem with rude employees, we encountered only polite or helpful employees. We will go to the Annapolis location on occasion, but that is too far for take-out. We will miss one of our favorite restaurants in Crofton.
kathy braman January 12, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Where is Mama Romas? I have heard good things about it.
Tim Lemke (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 09:30 PM
No, they are not coming back.
Tim Lemke (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Kathy, Mamma Roma's is located in the main shopping center in Piney Orchard, next to the Dunkin' Donuts.
Bob Tonucci January 13, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Don't forget about Mamma Lucia, another really good Italian restaurant, in Hanover. http://www.mammaluciarestaurants.com/
Patti January 13, 2013 at 09:41 PM
I wil miss them. We loved their pizza and subs. We always got take-out so didn't deal with the employees much. Mamma Roma's is a bit too far for take-out - food would be cold by the time I get back to Crofton. Guess I will be going to Squisitos more often. Great pizza there too. Ledos has good subs.
kathy lapinski January 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
There is also a Mamma Lucia in Annapolis - I've also heard good things about Squisitos. I've also heard that Coal Fire is nothing to write home about.
Kat January 14, 2013 at 03:47 PM
None of the food in those places tastes ANYTHING like it does in Italy! It's all totally americanized....the pizza is pretty good at Coalfire, I think
Calique January 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Please excuse our pedestrian palates. I have never been to Italy. Happy for you that you have.
Kat January 14, 2013 at 05:39 PM
So, you feel like you can give your opinion on the food but I can't, just because I've been there?? Interesting reasoning...
Calique January 14, 2013 at 05:45 PM
No, it's that your tone is insulting. Read what you wrote... you insulted everyone who said that in his or her opinion, the food at [whatever Italian place] is good. Your post alludes to those who like the food as having an unsophisticated palate. I understand what you probably mean, but it could have been written in a less condescending manner, that's all.
Kat January 14, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I wouldn't say it's about having an "unsophisticated palate", it's about not knowing any better - which obviously isn't their fault. I was just trying to point out that what most people here think of as "typically Italian food" really isn't that at all! Best example: MEATBALLS!!! Americans think that is the ubiquitous Italian food. I've been to Italy dozens of times and have eaten hundreds of meals - never once did I see meatballs on the menu!! In my opinion, the loss of this restaurant isn't a big one. That's what this article was about and that is my opinion. You can have a different one.
Brian C. January 14, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Calique i wonder how one "hears tone" in Kat's text!? I, for one, did not take Kat's remark as you did. I took it to mean what was said. It may have something to do with the fact that I too have been to Italy and know that most Italian restaurants in America serve Americanized Italian food. (straight mono tone was used in the above remark)
Kat January 14, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Thanks, Brian - that's exactly what I meant (and said)
FunintheSun14 January 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM
In response to the people who are going to Squisitos, I would stay far away. I went there a year and a half ago to get a steak and cheese sub, took it home, bit into it and bit into a dime! I almost broke my tooth. I went back and told whoever was in charge about it and he told me I would receive a call. I never heard from the owner, nor received an apology from anyone. I will never go back and tell everyone to stay away.
John January 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Maybe not served in Italian restaurants but certainly meatballs are made in Italian homes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meatball My grandparents were off the boat and my grandmother never even learned to speak English (she didn't want to come here) and always made fantastic meatballs. The difference is Italian meatballs are typically huge (often eaten as a main course) and consist of a mixture of ground beef, pork and veal. Something else you'll never see at a restaurant here is polenta - which is fantastic.
LLH January 18, 2013 at 01:26 AM
LLH January 18, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Yes- Coal Fire is NOT good. Maybe if you like super SWEET pizza sauce and BLACK, burnt crust.... Tried it twice & didn't like our meals either time. :(
Pat Y January 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Are Italian Market gift cards sold by the Gambrills restaurant good for purchases at the Annapolis Italian Market?
MVillazon January 28, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Our family traveled from Virginia to eat at the Italian Market. The food was good and the staff was always friendly. So sorry to hear that it is closing!
J. Micka February 11, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I never liked Italian Market. It was only useful twice for big WCES Destination Imagination events and management was still not helpful!
Ellie Rose February 19, 2013 at 03:14 PM
It was not a chain. It was run by the same owner as the Annapolis location. Family owned and owner-operated. Check your facts, Kat.


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