Scoozi (a variant on the Italian word for “excuse me”) in the Radisson Cross Keys hopes to beckon both hotel guests and neighborhood folks in search of a casual meal. An exhibition kitchen thrust into the dining room, with a communal dining table nearby, lends an informal air to the place. “When you have company at your house everyone ends up in the kitchen,” says Donna McCulloch, food and beverage manager. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Scoozi features a brick pizza oven that cranks out thin crust pies, plus pastas, salads, entrees, sandwiches and burgers. Don’t miss the decadent desserts, including a flourless chocolate s’mores cake, ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd and a root beer float made with Taharka Brothers ice cream. And if you fall in love with a piece of art on the wall? “We’ll call over a consultant from the Merritt and Renaissance Fine Arts Gallery to discuss it with you,” says McCulloch. 5100 Falls Road, 410-435-0101.

—Martha Thomas

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