Two people have told me that Strapazza off Rte 108 in Ellicott City has closed and that there is a For Lease sign up on the site.
Strapazza was a casual Italian place, and it hosted a jazz trio on weekends last summer. Strapazza was part of a little chain with locations like Towson and Pikesville. I don't know any details about what happened.
Italian isn't a common craving for our restaurant meals, but I think the other local options for Italian a little more complex than pizza include Facci on Johns Hopkins Boulevard, Pasta Plus in Laurel, Pazani Trattoria in Elkridge, and all the different Pasta Blitz location. Just yesterday, Kam lauded the Clarksville Pasta Blitz, but said he thinks the Ellicott City location was bland. I have had other folks say that they love the Ellicott City location on Rte 108.