Restaurant Spotlight


By Sarah Kramer, Membership Coordinator
With sultry homemade sauces, handmade pastas and freshly baked bread, Tino’s Italian Bistro in Columbia serves up classic Italian dishes that taste like they’re served straight from Tuscany. And now, Tino’s new menu offers gluten-free options and a “Healthy Selections” section with lighter choices.


Owner Lance Cook began working at restaurants while in college in Iowa, but after trying a few jobs outside of the foodservice industry, his passions led him back to restaurants in the DC area. Lance purchased Tino’s in January of 2015. Since then he’s continued a tradition of serving classic Italian food in a warm, comforting atmosphere.


Lance’s favorite part of owning his own restaurant has been giving back to the community through local Howard County foundations and charities. Every Monday and Tuesday, Tino’s hosts ‘Foundation Nights’ that support local non-profits by donating 10% of the day’s sales to a chosen organization.


For Valentine’s Day, Tino’s will serve an array of special menu items and will give a small gift to all ladies who visit the restaurant. Tino’s also has nightly specials and a happy hour from 2-6pm.

RAM Recommends:
Ravioli Chesapeake
Chicken Caprese
Chocolate Creme Brulee

Lance (Owner) Recommends:
Homemade Raviolis (multiple choices)
Chocolate and Oreo Truffles

Kevin (Server) Recommends:
Arancini Balls
Specialty Pizzas

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Strawberry White Chocolate Martini

Weekly Special Menu

Our special Valentine’s Day menu includes drink specials Rosemary Paloma grapefruit cocktail, Strawberry White Chocolate martini, and wines. Entrées incl Lobster Ravioli, Surf and Turf and desserts Strawberry Cheesecake and Limoncello Tiramisu.


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