AGGIO - Baltimore
614 Water Street
Baltimore, MD 21202Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
AGGIO - Baltimore
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.volt-aggio.com/
- Phone: (410) 528-0200
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 5p-10p
Friday & Saturday 5p-11p
Sunday 4p-9p (Sunday Supper Menu Only)
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
A word from AGGIO - Baltimore
Bryan Voltaggio, the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Volt and Family Meal in his hometown of Frederick, and Range in Washington, opens his first restaurant in Baltimore. The restaurant, Aggio, is Voltaggio’s second Italian fine-dining restaurant.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
- Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
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AGGIO - Baltimore reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (201)special occasion (188)notable wine list (135)romantic (127)hot spot (65)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Delicious food, wine and customer service at AggioOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/19/2014We had heard and read mixed reviews about Aggio so we weren't really sure what to expect. So went in with mixed expectations and left extremely happy. Service was spot on, the food was absolutely divine and the wine list made us incredibly giddy! The Sommelier, Chris really made this experience for us. From the moment we walked in he was helpful with wine picks and that just continued throughout our entire visit. His recommendations for pairings were perfect which really elevated the cuisine. My party of four had an excellent time and we can't wait to go back and try other items on them menu!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wonderful!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/15/2014The food, atmosphere, and service was amazing. I went with my family for my birthday. The food was delicious. They were very caring and knowledgeable about your questions and gave amazing suggestion!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth a splurgeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/12/2014They kept asking us if it was a special occasion. We visited Aggio for a mid-week date night, but there was a birthday celebration at the table next to us. The prices definitely make it a special occasion place. We spent over $200 without tip for 2. We ordered a la carte (antipasti, primi and secondi) with a bottle of wine and dessert. Food was yummy! Service was excellent. The dining space has a somewhat odd conformation, but the bar area is pretty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So wanted this to be great!sharappleVIPDined on 11/8/2014Dined at Aggio last Saturday evening ..and I so wanted this to be great. Had been wanting to try it since its opening. I have to say that I was disappointed. The meal was ok...certainly not at the level of Volt. And the service was really bad. Took a very long time for our waiter to come over to our table when we were seated. Then when we indicated we'd like to order a bottle of wine, he said he would get the sommelier. That took another 15 minutes. Time between the primi and secondi courses was very long ...not sure what was happening but there didn't seem to be that many people in the restaurant that the kitchen should have gotten so backed up. The gnocchi was the best dish of the night. The pork osso bucco was good but very rich.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Meh!JmlcDined on 11/8/2014Several of the negative reviews I've read so far reflect the experience my husband and I had over the weekend. Snail slow service between courses. Not spaced out well at all. Had to wait forever for drinks and very average food. Sadly, the bread with accompanying mortadella mousse and whipped ricotta was the highlight of my meal. My crudo was improperly cut so it was very sinewy. The ricotta gnocchi was truly the worst I've had, dense like hockey pucks, the farfalle wasn't too shabby. Oddly, I was surrounded by diners in their 60's and 70's and yet The Cold War Kids were playing in the background. Really? And I like the group. Won't be back, wouldn't recommend and am positive they'll be closed in no time at all.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/7/2014This was our first experience at a Voltaggio restaurant. It was a very pleasant dinner for four. The service was very professional, knowledgeable and appropriately attentive yet patient throughout. While they recommended three courses for each diner, we selected only two and that was sufficient. Appetizers and entrees were excellent. The bologonese could be an entree given its size relative to the others we chose. To finish, we also had a flight of the chellos (sp) and that added more to our most pleasant dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great new placeEdwardDined on 11/6/2014I love this restaurant and had the best time. I tried the tasitng menu which changes weekly. This week it was Piedmont and I had six courses. You can opt to add the wine tasitng with it where a different wine is paired with each dish. I didn't do that becasue I had guests and we had ordered a bottle of Chianti. The service was top notch.Special Features:
- Sat next to Patton Oswalt...OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/5/2014Excellent menu, great ambiance, a little pricey, but the service and food make up for that. Their 6 course meal tasting menu is the way to go. Plus we sat next to Patton Oswalt ...so that was kinda cool.Special Features:
- ConvertmaznjimVIPDined on 11/4/2014I wasn't thrilled to go because I had heard/read a few not so great reviews. So happy I made the trip during the week. Decided on the regional tasting menu and wine pairing and was not disappointed. The focus was the Piedmont region of Italy. The dishes were inventive but not fussy. Mushroom risotto was my favorite. Would definitely go back. Fantastic food and service!Special Features:
- short on the finishMissTDined on 11/2/2014Sunday dinner which is a narrower menu with wine pairings ensured care to food preparation. Service was okay. Fewer guests often seems to create slower less attentive service...why is that? Once and when the wine pairings began, it was a good experience. Wine pairings were for three courses. We had two and had to prompt for the first. Wine guy knew his stuff just easily distracted. Waiter was fine. Desert was so disappointing. Lemoncello paled in comparison to the look, flavor and freshness to the wonderful concoction made in Ravello or Amafali.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Voltaggio HitOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 11/1/2014Not unexpectedly, the food was spectacular. In fact, it was better than Volt or at least more satisfying. Decor was very cool though a bit on the dark side. Great space with lots of options for small or larger group dining. Congrats again, Bryan.Special Features:
- Not impressed21224Dined on 11/1/2014We had high expectations and this place failed to deliver. We arrived early and sat at the bar (that was empty) for a drink. There is only one bartender for the whole restaurant and she took 10 minutes to acknowledge us with a drink menu. Then she never returned for our drink order. At our table, the service was also glacial. We asked for the sommelier to recommend red wines, but he never showed up and we ended up ordering wines by the glass instead. Several courses that we ordered were excessively salty. And there were very few vegetables to be found on the menu. I had heartburn until the following morning. There are lots of great options for foodies in Baltimore. This place is not one of them.
- A fine addition to Balto's sceneBarney100VIPDined on 11/1/2014In the place that originally housed Red Asia followed by Tatu now comes Brian Voltaggio's northern Italian spot. The decor is dark and tasteful; the lighting just right (except the bright circular lights over the bar). Service is serious; this place sees itself as important (and I mean that in a good way). We did the tasting menu (I did the wine pairings; my husband did not). Two of the four courses were outstanding (beef tartare and the risotto); two were far from great (duck confit and pheasant). Portions were on the small size, so the $95 price tag was a head-scratcher. The wine pairings ($65) were spot in, but also very pricey for the 1/4 glass (yes; that becomes a $65 glass of wine). Still, we both enjoyed the meal and will return.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/1/2014The food was delicious--and that is the most important. But your staff in general was extremely friendly and helpful. I was there with an old friend and we were lost in the Water Street maze, but your staff helped us and directed us to the right end of the street and did not mind that we were by then 30 minutes late. We could only stay for short dinner since we had a theater reservation; but next time I will be sure to be able to drag my meal a little longer enjoying the ambiance of the location. Thanks, Bodil OttesenSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FabulousLindaleeDined on 10/25/2014I was relieved to find that the dining experience lived up to the anticipation. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive and served the meal with impeccable timing. I thoroughly enjoyed the amuse bouche served between courses with the potato parmesan funnel cake being my favorite. It melted in my mouth. I enjoyed my meal and the excellent service. My single criticism is that the food was a bit over-salted, but not enough to ruin the flavors.Special Features:
- Great service and mealDdoyleDined on 10/24/2014Food was outstanding, service was great. The Mortadella Mousse with the bread was my absolute favorite. I had the pork shank for my main, also outstanding. Great dining room.Special Features:
- Very good foodsusiVIPDined on 10/23/2014There wasn't all that much I wanted on the menu, but we all four had food that was delicious! Expensive...yes.The place is elegant except for the florescent type light at the bar area. I loved that it was quiet enough to have conversation while enjoying our meal!Special Features:
- Great Service, Underwhelming FoodBmoreEnthusiastDined on 10/21/2014The service was excellent: we had an incredible waiter, the Sommelier was on top of his game and the runners were very knowledgeable about the dishes. However, underwhelmed is the best way to explain the actual food. Bread sticks were delivered as the first taste and they may have well come from a box. There was a Parmesan funnel cake also given as a taste - and I'm still unclear what the chef was thinking with that dish. The rosemary focaccia bread was warm and perfectly salted. Fluke came too warm. I was excited to taste the duck tortellini, but when it arrived, the prosciutto overwhelmed the dish and the duck inside the pasta was extremely dry. The Red Snapper was the best dish we tried. Great service. Underwhelming food unfortunately.Special Features:
- Like salt? you will love AggioFlyingChefDined on 10/21/2014There were problems with 5 out of 7 of our dishes: too much salt, barely warm food, weak flavors. Considering the chef that is behind this restaurant, this is unacceptable. The only dish we raved over was the charred octopus. Wine and service were both good, but what is happening in this kitchen? If you want to experience the skill of Brian Voltaggio, visit his sister restaurant Volt in Frederick instead.
- Some high points and some lowdinersVIPDined on 10/18/2014We were lead all the way back to the farthest corner of the room, hum... we were not happy being seated there but didn't say anything. We ordered drinks and later a bottle of wine along with a multi-course meal. We had looked at the menu online prior to making our reservation but we were disappointed to see that the dinner menu was not totally the same as what we had viewed online. The food was good and we enjoyed our choices. We especially liked how Aggio organized their wine list, very helpful. The wait time between courses was exceptionally long but we were enjoying ourselves and didn't comment. When the bill arrived, we were told that they comped our drinks because they felt the wait time was too long, classy.Special Features:
- The bright spots were the lightsmwb146Dined on 10/18/2014The "Tron" fluorescent lights over the bar were pretty atrocious. I spend my entire day under fluorescent lights so I don't want to stare into blinding bright lights while I eat. We ordered apps, pasta, and mains since that's what our waitress suggested. The food was ok, one 3inch Octopus arm for 17$? The signature pasta Tonnonero (sp) tasted more like cumin than uni. I mean the food was ok but not even close to being in the same league of the early days of Volt. I'm very glad we didn't get the tasting menu because we waited about 40 minutes between each course and were more or less ignored during the gaps. We won't be back.
- KeetaDined on 10/18/2014We experienced the tasting menu. Each course was visually appealing and perfectly seasoned. Delightful. Particularly loVed the coffee cloud in the deconstructed tiramisu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary dinnerInsearchofthenextDined on 10/18/2014We did not do the tasting menu, but opted to create our own 3 coarse meal. Risotto was amazing. Duck ravioli was lacking on the duck. Lasagna was fantastic. Overall service was exceptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Tasting Menu with WinesSliceNDineDined on 10/17/2014While expensive for Baltimore, the tasting menu at Aggio was worth the price for foodies. Highly highly recommend the wine pairing as well.Special Features:
- David B.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/17/2014Our overall experience was positive, the little things were missing. The bar area itself is quite nice, with a great selection of cocktails and wine. The lighting was a bit to intense IMO. The service was outstanding...very knowledgable about the menu. One of our guests was gluten-free and she was carefully guided through the menu. The risotto was out of this world. The scallop dish was very tasty, but was delivered to the table luke warm (blech). The osso bucco had excellent flavor, but could have been slow cooked a little longer as the meat held to the bone a little to long. The wine list was very good. We had a wine from the Mt. Etna volcanic region of Italy and it paired well with pretty much everything on the menu.
- Nice birthday celebrationsoontoretireDined on 10/15/2014Aggio's Italian menu offerings were diversified with an attractive offering for just about any preferences. I had Osso Buco made with a pork shank instead of veal, and it was moist and flavorful. My wife had artic char which was done perfectly too. Would definitely recommend Aggio for your next occasion or just for a very good, well served Italian dinner.Special Features:
- Superb service and food to matchgoodgoldDined on 10/15/2014We were very well taken care of--extremely attentive service. The dishes are well-conceived, well-executed and well-timed. They are small enough that one can have three courses plus dessert, as recommended, though we were fine with two. Prices are very reasonable and the sommelier had some inspired suggestions. This is a very customer-oriented experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CocoDined on 10/14/2014Everything we ordered was delicious. And the waiter was very helpful in selecting each dish.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another Great Voltaggio RestaurantSPdinersDined on 10/14/2014My wife and I have been to Volt in Frederick a couple of times and really enjoyed it. When we heard Bryan Voltaggio had opened another restaurant in Baltimore, we couldn't wait to try it out. Several delicious appetizers were brought out while we were waiting for our main courses and they were very tasty (especially liked the parmesan encrusted funnel cake). For our main courses, my wife ordered the Lasagna with lamb bolognese, and I tried the Ricotta Gnocchi with pancetta. We also decided to share a serving of the Pork Osso Buco - they were all absolutely fantastic and not such large portions that you couldn't finish them. We topped off the meal with Tiramisu and a Pistachio pudding (can't remember the name). Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Trust the ChefSundayDinerDined on 10/12/2014The menu at AGGIO includes some unusual items and combinations but everything we tried was a winner. As an example, the pumpkin soup with fried sweetbreads and pickled peppers seemed a not-entirely-obvious combination but was delicious. The food was uniformly wonderful. Service was also very good - attentive without being obtrusive: good time spacing on serving the courses, water glasses refilled as if by magic. The dining area is comfortable and beautifully decorated. Only minor criticism was the background music which though at an acceptable decibel level was kind of 80's themed and didn't seem entirely appropriate for a romantic dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High expectations exceededsmnycVIPDined on 10/11/2014Baltimore has needed a place like Aggio and Chef Voltaggio did not disappoint. I had high expectations but I was truly blown away by the whole experience. The service was outstanding. Our server was friendly and very well-informed about the menu. The food was impeccable- all the dishes I tasted were excellent. Overall, this was one of my favorite dining experiences in recent memory.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but not greatOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/11/2014My wife and I went to Aggio for our first anniversary. I told them about the occasion when they called to confirm our reservation. They sat us at a table, meant for four people, close to another foursome. To top it off it was underneath a cold vent and directly under the set of brightest lights in the room. Despite this set up, for what made for an undesirable location, the food was superb, and the staff paid special attention to us. Overall, I would go back, but I would specify my desired seating arrangement, especially if romance is desired.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great night outJomomaDined on 10/11/2014Our table of four loved our dinner. Great Martini at bar first. Great italian wine list! Great service and great food!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A new favoriteLPSRVIPDined on 10/10/2014Our 4th visit in as many months. A beautiful and elegant space, food is unusual, interesting and delicious. Large, very professional and attentive staff.Special Features:
- MusicGarpVIPDined on 10/9/2014Music was not appropriate for such a lovely venue.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- luv at first bitePILKVLDined on 10/5/2014This was my first time to try this restaurant. Loved it. I will be returning soon.Special Features:
- loved itChipsDined on 10/4/2014We ate 1st 3 courses with wonderful stuff that comes with dinner, that was plenty. Food and service were outstanding. Definitely fine dining. Main courses pricey but d.n. need them.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Freshest Thing GoingPhatmanDined on 10/3/2014These guys have it down. Not only is the cuisine beautifully presented, it is so inventive. Every dish I've tasted in my now several trips has been off-the-hook great. Service is splendid as the majority of the servers seem to have migrated from Fleet Street Kitchen, no slouches there. I will return and soon. Please support them, Baltimore needs this level of food.Special Features:
- Beautiful and deliciousCarolVIPDined on 10/2/2014Restaurant is beautifully done. There were only a few tables being used so hard to say how noisy it would be if full. Food was delicious and well presented. Only complaint is that risotto dish had about six tablespoons of food presented in a large bowl. Fish was a normal size and delicious. Valet parking is offered but at $10 it is steepest I have seen anywhere in baltimore.Special Features:
- Will Return but Sadly Dissapointed.WDPJRVIPDined on 10/1/2014The place was pretty empty on a Wednesday evening. My cocoa pasta was inattentively cooked so that strands were stuck together in a clump. The ragu was fine tho a bit sweet. The service was excellent but it just seemed the kitchen was bored and waiting to go home. The food was good but basically bland. Or maybe what makes Volt and the associated restaurants intriguing is lost on the Baltimore/Power Plant audience. Be more daring.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.