Down East 2013 ©
Paolina’s Way  (10 Bayview Landing, 207-230-0555, in the alleyway on your right as you drive down to the Camden public landing) has just opened its doors, bringing crisp crusts, delicious cheese, locally-grown San Marzano tomatoes, and all kinds of specialty meat and fresh vegetables to Camden. These pies, which are Italian-style thanks to chef Stefano Valenti from Sienna, Italy (and also a relative of owner Christina Sidoti), are worth a try, and, speaking for myself, worthy of many repeat visits.
To get a sense of their food philosophy, read their mission statement on their website . In sum, everything from the salt to the napkins, the decorations to the future solar hot water system, is as eco-friendly as the food is delicious.
Some may complain about the prices. A special pizza can set you back $22. Meat Lasagna, $19. Maine brews, $4. Gelato (which is made at John’s in Liberty) from their adorable outdoor stand, $6. But you get what you pay for: they use all fresh, sustainable, local ingredients (with a few exceptions that they note on the menu — olive oil, organic balsamic vinegar, sugar, and organic wines). The result is a savory, flavorful experience that will please any pizza-craving diner.
If pizza isn’t your thing, they have antipasto plates, including salami from Smith Log Smokehouse  in Monroe and aged cheddar from Sonnental Dairy in Smyrna. Plus they offer a special pasta dish or two every night, along with homemade desserts like Tiramisu or blueberry cannoli. Or just have a glass of wine and some homemade bread while enjoying the European-style outdoor tables. It's the perfect casual spot for everything from a family dinner to a girls' night out. And don't forget that you can call ahead and take it home!
*Camdenites will be happy to know that Sidoti hopes to be open year-round with a brief respite in February and March. The restaurant may expand up a level to the storefront space on Bayview Street. *