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la dolce vitaBaltimoreans have learned a new word recently: Cinghiale. Pronounced “ching-GYAH-lay,” it translates as “wild boar” in Italian. It also translates as the city’s hottest table since its opening in late September.  The latest brainchild of restaurateurs Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman, the opulent space is organized into two distinct areas: the enoteca, where a large, lively wine bar opens onto an informal tavern-style dining area; and the osteria, or formal dining room, with white linens and rich mahogany and leather banquettes. There’s also a salumeria counter, which features charcuterie, cheeses and antipasti, and two private dining rooms, as well. Chef Stefano Frigerio describes the Northern Italian menu as “a modern interpretation of time-honored Italian dishes.” Foreman says he wanted to evoke the feel and energy of the early 1960s in cities such as Milano and Bologna. What he’s achieved is the new standard for Baltimore café society. Open for lunch and dinner weekdays, and for dinner on Saturdays; closed Sundays. Free valet parking. 822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282.

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