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AGGIO - Baltimore
AGGIO - Baltimore

AGGIO - Baltimore Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.volt-aggio.com
  • Phone: (410) 528-0200
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Valet
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent dining experience! We enjoyed the evening and the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were apprehensive that our visit was too early in Aggio's life. Wrong. Wait staff was superb. Well-paced, knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. Kitchen also performing at level consistent with one in operation for much longer than Aggio's brief time in Baltimore. Everyone's enthusiasm for Aggio was apparent. Octopus and pasta courses definitely best parts of the meal. As was the 'pretzel' preceding dinner. Hazelnut/marscapone in dessert was lovely. We had fish (halibut and rockfish) for mains. Well-cooked, but without the 'wow' of other courses. Wonderful addition to Baltimore's restaurant world."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "A welcome addition to the Baltimore dining scene. Upscale Northern Italian cuisine and interesting wine list."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food on par with other Voltaggio restaurants. Service still needs a little work, but only a month since opening so will let it slide (for now)...staff seemed a little inexperienced with dishes and remembering which plates went where. Would love for this restaurant to thrive to add to abundance of great restaurants in Baltimore!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We are great admirers of Volt. Aggio? Not so much. Warning bells went off outside; the "A" in the name was out. This was prophetic since the restaurant fell 20% short. The choice of location in puzzling. Running the gauntlet of the PowerPlant hub-bub does not set the table for high-concept cuisine. Service tried hard; too hard at times. The decor seemed dingy and dark. The color and intensity of the lights over the bar are better suited for surgery than mingling. We went on a weekend night - the bar was empty, the restaurant at 1/3 capacity. The food was uneven. A corn-filled pasta first course was sublime in texture but the sauce too sweet. Worst, our halibut was overcooked. Keep at boys, a ways to go."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Everyone in our party stated that AGGIO was their most memorable dining experience. The food was extraordinary. The service staff were attentive and knowledgeable. The wine list had selections in a wide range of prices. The room was minimalist and chic. The evening was expensive but well worth the cost."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Right from the start, we knew we were in for great Italian dining. When our waiter asked if we wanted our water with bubbles or without, we were quickly reminded of every restaurant visit while we were in Italy. The staff was very attentive -- not having the "its not my table" attitude like so many chain restaurants staff have. We were not rushed through our meals - again, like an Italian "thing", where the table is yours for the night. We never felt pressure to hurry up and finish so they could seat another paying customer at that table. The portions were not the size to "stuff" you, but to savor and enjoy. We were was glad that I didn't feel like I had overeaten when we left. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Having eaten at all of Voltaggio's restaurants, I have concluded he is famous for being famous. The food at all of them is OK, Aggio being no different. The tomato sauce was so acidic. The steak and the chicken both had a "strong" flavor, not rotten, but tasted old, with much of the beefy and chicken-y flavor gone. As with all his places, portions are small. If you ordered 4 courses, you would be full, but considering many of the items contained olives and or/mushrooms, two things I cannot eat, I couldn't find more than 2 courses to try. I don't mind paying for great food; unfortunately, I left a little hungry and sad at having spent so much when I could have gone to Little Italy and had a fantastic meal for half the price,"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I was actually surprised at how good the food was. Some may consider the portions small, but they were plenty big for me and my 3 co-diners. Service was earnest, but there were a few glitches. There was confusion about whether we'd already been brought our amuse-bouche and the pacing between courses was extremely slow, even though the restaurant didn't seem crowded. Aggio is a nice addition to the Baltimore restaurant scene, but it doesn't seem to fit into the location (Water Street: younger, bar-hopping crowd)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is very much like the original Bryan Voltaggio "Volt" in Frederick. Very small portions, however everything my group had was very tasty. Im not a big portion person, so for me to complain about the portion size is very rare. I would say if you are true foodie and don't mind the small portions, go. We enjoyed it, but would probably not go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a fantastic experience at Aggio. The service was great, and every dish we had was excellent. Some real standouts were the charred octopus and the risotto ai funghi. The dishes were all quite complex, with a number of components that had been expertly combined to really elevate the flavors. The wine list is all Italian, but it is laid out to help guide those of us who are less familiar with the wines of Italy in the right direction. We chose to let the very knowledgeable and helpful sommelier guide us, and he made a fantastic recommendation. This is not an everyday dinner spot (Ignore the Open Table classification of $30 and under! Expect $75-$125 per person before wine) but we will definitely be back for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We totally enjoyed everything. Creative and delicious food, superb service,original drinks and ambiance that enables conversation."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We saw Bryan voltaggio! other than that the night was just kinda weird. The place was totally empty, the service was awkward and stiff (I think we had 8 waiters encircling our table at one point), the bathroom looked like it had recently been tp-ed, and the desserts were too funky and comically small. Despite that the porchetta and the octopus were really stellar. In sum: Stick with proteins, skip dessert and expect to feel a little confused the whole time."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Portions were too small for the price. Food was delicious, service outstanding but the restaurant is going to have to work on filling tables. I left hungry."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I just didn't "get it." TINY portions. The rockfish entree ($29) featured a piece of rockfish about the size of my index and middle fingers, with about a tablespoon of the accompanying hearts of palm and other items described in the menu. I had bread, a pasta course, entree, and dessert, and went home to have a snack. I'm not sure what Brian is trying to do here, but I wish he had opened another Volt or Range instead."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Aggio is underwhelming. We had the tasting menu which was average but made much worse by the pretentious waitstaff. Our group was treated like this was the first time we had dined at anything other than a fast food restaurant. Further, the tables are too small for a group of four to share dishes in the middle of the table. That said, if the food was up to the reputation of Volt and the other venues then all would be forgiven. But it is not, overall the restaurant scene in Baltimore has improved enormously over the past five years and if Aggio continues like this it will not last 6 months."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "There were two of us at dinner and the table was very long. I felt like I had to raise my voice so that the other people would hear me. Otherwise, it was an excellent meal. I had the scallop appetizer and pork entree. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. It was my friend's birthday, so they sent over a complimentary glass of champagne with dessert!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "AGGIO has only been open a few weeks but already distinguishes itself with superb food and exceptional wines. We had an outstanding dinner there. Get the lasagne - trust me on this. It seems like a cliche but it's just incredible."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! We had a grilled octopus that was out of this world! Everything was wonderful. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairings."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Incredible! Brilliant! Exceptional! Bravo! There's not enough adjectives to describe the outstanding restaurant that is AGGIO. For three weeks in existence, the restaurant is here to stay. Atmosphere The decor was impressive. Staff The staff was very attentive to your every need. They worked the table like a well-oiled machine. The bartender, Jenna was personable and made you feel welcomed. Food and Wine Can't say enough, excellent beyond belief. Oder the Lasagna and Spaghetti and Meatballs...oh, so tender! Will I return? Absolutely! I did not believe that I would find a restaurant that would rival my number 1 favorite spot, "Roy's"; well I have. Steven Wise Bopcity Productions"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Aggio! Definitely holds its own (we love Volt!). We had the tasting menu and everything was simply wonderful. Cocktails were great as well."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "It is great to have a Voltaggio restaurant in Baltimore. Aggio offers some exceptional flavors woven into traditional Italian flavors. The breadsticks, parmesan funnel cake, and bread service were an exceptional introduction to the meal. Each course that followed was carefully crafted, full of flavor and refined ingredients. The cocktails and wine selections enhanced the meal. It is well worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Aggio's food was creative, beautiful and mostly delicious. Nice six course tasting menu. First course, raw tuna, was bland but the others were wonderful. Service was impeccable. Kudos to Chris (sommelier), Christina, Keiana and Miles, servers. My only feedback is for the beautifully decorated bathrooms. Don't skimp there, either. Go ahead and spring for the good handtowels and a signature soap and lotion. Maintain your standard throughout. I've already recommended it to two friends, and I'll certainly return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Fantastic dishes! Small portions, order several plates and courses and share with the table! The meatballs are amazing!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I, along with another couple went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Not only was the food amazing but the service was impeccable! In addition to great company, conversation and food, we were also able to meet Chef Voltagigio. He was kind enough to not only come out and meet us but also take a picture with me. The food was the perfect portions and pairings. I tried the tasting menu and was amazed to find not only myself but my husband and our friends all trying and loving the octopus! It is reasonably priced for the experience and the food. I would highly recommend it and definitely plan on going back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The winner of Top Chef has another winner in Aggio Baltimore. Knowledgeable and attentive staff, appealing design, and wonderful variety of flavors and appealing choice on the menu made for a special evening. The portions are a tad modest and need to be increased by 50% especially the dessert where the cracker size piece of cake should have been 4x in size. Every sample on the tasting menu said bring more, and the pastas were truly outstanding especially the corn raviolis. the parmesan cheese crusted funnel cake was a tremendous amuse bouche' and the bread also was wonderful. Having Bryan Voltaggio visiting our table was a nice "cherry on top" to see that the burgeoning restaurant empire has the master's attention. Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First, let me say that I am really pretty mellow about my dinning experiences and VERY forgiving of almost any mishap or mistake.....they happen. That being said, Saturday evening, our party came to Aggio quite excited to be trying Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant. Unfortunately, after 25 minutes of no ice, no drinks, no order taken...virtually zero service, we were done. For the first time in my 63 year old life, I, and my party, got up and told the manager we were leaving due to a total lack of service and follow through. We walked out. Bryan....don't invite Padma Lakshmi or Tom Colicchio to Baltimore's Aggio until you get this fixed. Half a Star for the comfortable booth, but my wife vetoes even that."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went early on in its opening period. Loved the location, the decor. Felt welcoming, positive, upbeat upon entering. Friendly staff, really excellent service. Food, although expensive and small portioned, is everything expected to be given it's Bryan Voltaggio. ( Love Volt, came to Aggio with high expectations) There's a tasting menu, always a favorite from Volt experience, but also so many other options it's difficult to choose. And cocktails, a hallmark of a good restaurant to me, are top-notch. Loved the Rat Pack concept to drink names. Kinks: Lighting issues, wine appearance miscues during tasting/wine courses, crazy dirty bathrooms. Expected opening issues, of which we should all be more tolerant of. Looking forward to Round 2."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Aggio delivered on every level of the quality of service and food. The best part you don't have to dress too fancy to enjoy being treated to a fancy meal. The flavor combinations on the dishes we had were amazing and for once I finally appreciated being able to eat with my eyes and smells before even tasting anything."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food and service were perfect. Restaurant offers both a tasting menu and al a carte options. Octopus was cooked perfectly and delicious. Ditto for both the Rockfish and the Cod. For only having been open 2 weeks, service was spot on. Wine list is not huge, but has great selection - and is organized in a very accessible format. The space has been re-designed and is warm and welcoming. Aggio is a wonderful addition to the Baltimore food scene."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "So I was looking forward to Aggio after enjoying a truly superlative meal at Volt. However, we were disappointed. The décor is a grim industrial gray, cave like, boring. The service was both too much (lots of superfluous folks interrupting with efforts to please) and too little (the main course was quite delayed after the starters and one of the dishes was lukewarm (had it been sitting a while?)). No acknowledgement of this by the staff. The food was certainly of excellent quality, but lacked the zip & pizzazz of Volt. Exceptionally pleasant is the best I can say, with the notable exception of the ricotta gnocchi, which were bathed in the most luscious, concentrated tomato sauce. All the dishes should be so good. Bottom line: needs work!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We split the tasting menu and I have to say that everything we had was delicious. The dishes were innovative , beautiful, and were incredibly flavorful. The downside: portions were smaller than you'd expect and for the first 90 minutes of our time at the restaurant, we had two dishes out of 6. This was much longer than we'd expect to wait for food. Overall: Although service was slow, we really loved the food and the response after by the restaurant staff. The bartender (female) was great and she was very responsive to us. She was apologetic about the slow service, but catered to us for the rest of the night and comped our drinks. Once we brought the issue to the server/manager's attention, our food came out much faster. T"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Outstanding food with some really creative flavor combinations that all worked - beautifully presented by a crack staff. Volt is always a winner. Just ate at Ink last week and it was great. Aggio is another home run. Those Voltaggio brothers really know what they are doing! : )"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food and amazing service. Each dish was superbly prepared and presented. It exceeded our expectations as a culinary experience. The staff was helpful from explaining how the food was prepared to offering wine parings. We were celebrating a birthday in our group and the staff, from the greeter to the waiters, knew it and made mention of it in a way that was special without being showy or overboard. The restaurant was impeccable, but with the small space the tables were set close together so conversations spilled over. The price range was on the high end, but appropriate given the service and food. While this is not the type of restaurant I normally go to, it is high on my list for a repeat for our next special event."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "$284.00,plus tip,for 2 people ( one drink and one bottle of wine. A confused and obsequious staff and barely passable food.) If this restaurant survives it will be a tribute to a gullible and easily intimidated public."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The best part of the meal was the choice between the free bottled water and the free bottled sparking water - a nice surprise. The rest of the dining experience was not up to the cost of the meal. Of the nine items ordered, five were overpriced for the portion served. Both chicken entrées and Caesar salads were of good portion size and delicious. The prawn entrée came with three prawns and was way overpriced at $31. Same for the rock fish entrée, beet salad and dark chocolate dessert. As for the service, attentive but awkward at times because of the lack of coordination between server, sommelier and bus persons. Table positioning caused frequent interruptions by the staff to pour water and reach to deliver/clear dishes."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Part of my issue may be that we thought of the restaurant as Italian, when it really is a more specialized, fine-dining restaurant, like Charleston."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "In town for the weekend just happened to walk by this place and make a reservation. Amazing everything- food, service, wine, decor. I wish it was in my town so I could go back"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I had a memorable meal at the new Aggio. We were a bit confused by the menu and could have used more explanation from the server but overall everything we ordered was delicious and we left very full."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Bryan Voltaggio has (finally) brought hist playful, modern interpretation of Italian-inspried dining to Baltimore! Whether you select from the small plates, entrees, or the Chef's Tasting Menu, you'll be delighted by the fresh, seasonally-inspired flavors. When combined with an outstanding wine list (and a top-ranked Master Sommelier), this restaurant has instantly raised Baltimore's dining to new heights! Don't miss the strozzapreti with oxtail ragu, or the Berkshire pork belly porchetta, while they're still on the menu!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014