Italian food speaks to me like the very tiny cake spoke, in currents, to Alice, “Mangiami.”

A few weeks ago Food Republic published a list of the 10 Most Exciting Restaurant Openings in the Mid-Atlantic. I was thrilled to see that Donna Crivello and Alan Hirsch (of Donna’s and City Cafe fame) are close to opening a new venue, Cosima, near our neighborhood.

Food Republic’s Drew Lazor wrote that Crivello and Hirsch will be opening Cosima late fall 2015 in Mill No. 1, a former Baltimore cotton processing facility that’s been converted to a multi-use complex, apartments, retail, and offices. According to Lazor, “The kitchen will skew more ambitious than the comfort food theme of Donna’s, focusing specifically on Sicily and its many-layered cooking tradition; they’ll be working with a wood-fired oven to crank out pizzas and other roasted/toasted specialties.”

Some of the proposed menu items have me ready to make reservations at Cosima, without any reservation at all.

Terra Nova Ventures, LLC is the site redeveloper and is managing the restaurant component of Mill No. 1; they share a bit of it’s history:

Mill No. 1, Baltimore

Mill No. 1, Baltimore, Photo courtesy

Mill No.1 enjoys an important history along the Jones Falls, starting as a cotton mill in 1847 and in 1973 becoming the home of Life Like Products. The Mount Vernon Company, which operated several mills in the Jones Falls Valley, became the world’s largest producer of cotton duck in the late 19th century, supplying cotton for sails, uniforms, tents and parachutes for the army. The collection of buildings, listed on the National Register for Historic Places, dates from 1845 to 1918.

Cosima is named after Crivello’s grandmother and she promises that the atmosphere will represent the importance of family and friends that Italians are known for.

Located in the Jones Falls Valley, the restaurant, opening this winter, is adjacent to Hampden and Woodberry along Falls Road, just a mile from Penn Station and the Charles Theater. (And a just a hop, skip, and a jump from our front door.)


3000 Falls Road, Mill No. 1
Baltimore, MD 21211