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: 4105280200x
- 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
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 WinnerMost Booked
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AGGIO - Baltimore reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since May 4, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (132)special occasion (125)romantic (85)notable wine list (81)hot spot (37)good for groups (32)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Not ImpressedfoodfanDined on 8/30/2014Perhaps I went in with high expectations but I was not impressed. The staff was attentive and the food was good (minus the saltiness) but not great. I found everything to be too heavy on the salt. Even my husband, who loves salt had to stop eating a few items because they just became too salty. While nothing was bad, I wouldn't jump at a chance to go back. Overall, it was underwhelming.Special Features:
- ExcellentOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/30/2014Really well done--everything was delicious. Service kind and expert, if sometimes a little too attentive. Delicious food, from the bread to the main course, and wine was perfect. Finally, a Manhattan-level experience in Baltimore.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very NiceMurphDined on 8/29/2014A little pricey, but quite an enjoyable evening. I would definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Some kinksBabaVIPDined on 8/27/2014Start with the very good: the food, the free prosecco for our anniversary, and Chris, the sommelier. The pasta was wonderful, perfectly cooked and very tasty. The breadsticks and the bread were delicious. Chris was friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. And now the not so good: there seemed to be lots of servers, but after we were seated with the drinks menu and the wine list, it took 20 minutes and the attention of the maître d to get the waiter to take the order. And then a long time for the drinks to come. We did get apologies from the waiter and the host. Once we ordered dinner, things came in a timely way with the exception of my pasta dish.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- love2dineDined on 8/27/2014Very impressed, but I knew this owner's reputation, and he does everything right.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellent food and wine pairingsOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/26/2014We ordered a number of dishes of the ala carte and asked for wine parings. The food was wonderful and the sommelier was terrific. While not being intrusive, he spent the time to explain to us why he picked the wines he did to go with our dishes. It was a meal, an education, and a delight.Special Features:
- Textures and flavorscedarVIPDined on 8/26/2014From pork belly & tenderloin to lasagna, the combinations of textures and flavors combine to make the finished dish far greater than you would expect. I have never tasted so many layers of thin, delicious. handmade pasta until I ate here. Top flight service and an incredibly deep wine list and Master Sommelier create a truly fabulous experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Glad Bryan Voltaggio in BmorePollyVIPDined on 8/24/2014Everything about Aggio was great - the décor, the service and most of all the food. I've been waiting since schlepping to Frederick and paying to stay in a B&B just to dine at Volt to have a local option. Thank you, Bryan. Well worth the wait. May this restaurant flourish in Charm City!!!Special Features:
- OkayFoodieVIPDined on 8/23/2014This is a relatively new restaurant. It was relatively busy with other patrons. It's a nice space and accommodates groups. The service staff wear black suites. The service was standard but not stellar. It's an Italian inspired menu but is not very inventive or inspiring. The Octopus as the appetizer was a little over done. My entry was fairly good. The ambience was good. The service was standard. The food was standard. However I don't see how it will standout in an already crowded restaurant scene especially Italian inspired.Special Features:
- Amazing food experience!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/23/2014loved the charred octopus. each of us did 4 courses which is was probably a bit much but the courses are small and we shared each others too. the lasagna has lots of layers and was very tasty. The rockfish was great as well as the halibut. Beet salad was a nice starter. Mostly Italian wines and the sommelier recommended several reasonably priced bottles. settled on a blend similar to a pinot noir. loved it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/22/2014Food was very good but needed to be hotter. Very expensive, service was good, but nothing was remarkable. Meatballs were very bland, beet salad was excellent but only had about 8 small beets on it. Waiter forgot to bring us bread, we had to ask for it. Several items on dessert menu weren't available after we ordered them. A good waiter knows what items are no longer available. Glad we went but have no need to return.Special Features:
- New Star in Baltimore!MaggiVIPDined on 8/22/2014Aggio has an impeccable staff that pays attention to every detail. Food tastes amazing with every bite. Presentation is photo- worthy. Every attempt is made to give you the perfect experience, and they do. If you haven’t tried Aggio, make it your special night in Baltimore!Special Features:
- AmbitiousColinVIPDined on 8/22/2014Range and Volt were successful, so why not Aggio in Baltimore? We were greeted warmly. Gorgeous space; the server gave me a tour of the upstairs dining room and private area as well. Very friendly staff. Wine list was organized in a weird way -- a sort of "if you like this" heading at the top of each section -- but good selections. Appetizers were perfect portions with hearty sauces and delicate garnishes. Oyster croutons on the Caesar were awesome, sauce with the meatballs was perfect, and the seemingly 1,000 layer lasagna was spicy, beefy, and herbaceous. But our octopus was overcooked. The location of Aggio isn't ideal, right next to power plant yet sort of hidden on water street. We'll see if Baltimore and Voltaggio can get along!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mix up- poorly handledJoyfulfoodieDined on 8/21/2014I received an email directly from Aggio that they had extended restaurant week dates so i clicked the link and made a resv at Aggio Baltimore. When my friend and I arrived at Aggio we were told there was a mix up and restaurant week menu only for DC even though the emailed had linked me directly to the Baltimore location. We were told other customers had same problem and "the powers that be were notified". We felt were made to feel embarrassed and manager made no gesture to compensate for the restaurants mix up. A compted dessert would have been nice. Also I felt a fair amount of pretension from staff. I travel all over the world to eat and have never been made to feel inadequate to be a customer but I did get that vibe at Aggio Balt.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Everything I hoped for!live2eatDined on 8/20/2014After having dined at VOLT I know the bar was set high for my dinner at Aggio and I was not disappointed! Everything from the decor to the dessert was incredible. I look forward to another special occasion to celebrate at Aggio!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food.mattyf9Dined on 8/20/2014We dined here for my wife's birthday and I was very happy with my dinner. I ordered the 6 course tasting menu which is probably the best value, but if some of the dishes don't appeal to you then you can choose your own from the a LA carte menu since all the dishes are scaled down in size to encourage course dining. Every dish was delicious. My favorite was the pasta course with the oxtail ragu it had so much flavor. The only course that I didn't care for was the dessert. It was an olive oil cake with a blueberry sorbet. The cake was sliced so thin, it was a little dry and just didn't have a lot of flavor. The sorbet was tart so when you ate the 2 together the sorbet completely overpowered the taste of the cake. The service was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overpriced fro Not Much FoodGoodFoodHonVIPDined on 8/19/2014The food is pretty to look at but the portions are quite small so there is not much on the plate to eat. A bit pricey for my wallet so won't be back any time soon. Nice venue although they could use some art work on the walls & there are too many full length mirrors by the restrooms!Special Features:
- Thoroughly enjoyed AggioPaulDined on 8/17/2014My wife and I have a great meal and great time - first visit - to Aggio in Baltimore. We will be back soon, and expect to return many times over the years. It was terrific. The service from all the people there was exceptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oustanding cuisineOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 8/16/2014The Chef really hits a home run all around. The food was absolutely outstanding, in every way. Complex, layers of flavor in some dishes, and allowing natural food flavor to shine with accents in others...the attention to detail, and execution were flawless. The Sommelier is also excellent and recommended an excellent wine which we thoroughly enjoyed. The one area that did not live up to the rest, was the service. It wasn't bad, but I'd definitely expect a more polished service staff to meet the level of the cuisine, particularly in an establishment from Voltaggio.Special Features:
- It was unanimousJTD443VIPDined on 8/16/2014The food is interesting with combinations that require the servers to remind/explain to you what you've ordered: A nice but necessary touch. Portion are small but certainly adequate.The space is modern - though the lighting is too bright to feel intimate. Lots of hard edges and surfaces but the noise level is good. No piped in music and plenty of space between tables, The service was uneven with confusion about who ordered what, Too much time between courses. WAY too much time to get the bill. It took a very long time to get our second drinks from the bar. There was a nice amuse bouche: yummy and a nice surprise. It was expensive - as expected. If you had friends visiting from out of town - would you bring them here? A unanimous - unlikelySpecial Features:
- Delicously Amazing!!!!!LauraGDined on 8/16/2014I had been to Volt in Frederick, MD and that was an outstanding culinary experience. When I found out that Aggio was Chef Brian Voltaggio restaurant as well and near by I had to go and I was again blown away by the combination of ingredients and flavors with every bite. Just a quick mention that the two $$ dollar signs under price for this restaurant should in fact be three $$$ to four $$$$ depending whether you do the fixed price menu with wine pairing which is optional. The six course fixed price menu option is $95 per person without the wine pairing. Either way you order, from the regular menu or the fixed price menu, you will not leave disappointed. Superb Experience!!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and service!HankDined on 8/15/2014Loved the lamb lasagna and octopus as well as the homemade pasta. Will definitely go back.Special Features:
- Enjoyable Dining ExperienceCabbage1Dined on 8/15/2014My family and I really enjoyed dining at Aggio. I did have expectations of larger food portions, but our server did state that same plates are medium sized, and that is what I received. All in all, I would come again, but next time with my expectations adjusted a bit so I don't find myself disappointed.Special Features:
- Service & food was excellent!Foodie18VIPDined on 8/14/2014The service was excellent! Our waiter took the time to explain all of our dishes as they were being served. The portions are a bit smaller than what you would be used to, however, we were all full at the end of our meal. I had the rockfish which was very tasty. Others had the shrimp, oxtail, lasagna, and risotto. Everyone in our group enjoyed the food. We would go back again.Special Features:
- Amazing wines and outstanding food!juliebVIPDined on 8/13/2014We were a large party (8) and were seated in a sort of "no man's land" between the front of the restaurant and most of the dining room. It didn't feel cosy but the staff and the food more than made up for the so-so ambiance. The food was truly outstanding. The highlights include the chioggia beets, a rigatoni with oxtail, blue crab tagliatelle (which had some heat), and halibut over faro. The wines are amazing. We had an orange wine (Paolo Bea, described as a white that behaves like a red), a Reisling (Langhe Bianco, I believe), and a Tancredi. I recommend all three and can't thank the wine steward enough for all his help. I will be back and will also try the DC location.Special Features:
- Potential...HouseofriceDined on 8/12/2014Decided to try this out - heard great things about it but our first experience was disappointing. Got there early to get a drink before meeting another couple for a 6:45p reservation. Hostess was fairly adamant about getting us to our table despite a nearly empty restaurant. Friends arrived and wanted to ET a drink before dinner, which we did, but got asked to sit 3 times (you make $ at the bar..). Then thought, maybe a number of other later reservations which is why they wanted us to sit and get the table back..? Sat at 6:50 and left around 9p, still lots of open tables - there was no rush... Food was OK and the service confusing/confused... Too many people trying to help but didn't know their role. Will try again, after bugs fixed...
- Not as expectedfoodfreakDined on 8/10/2014Overall for we 4 diners the experience was well below our expectations. Service fair but the drinks were deducted due to the extended wait time. High points, the "Caesar" salad, octopus & bread. Every thing highly over salted. " portion of the restaurant was the explanation given us to clarify why the very next table and many others had white tablecloths. Huh? Lastly, my wife, who seldom has this problem, was extremely cold all evening such that she had to ask for an extra napkin to wrap around her throat so as to warm up. When we told the staff person of this situation his answer was "we get this complaint for this table all the time" Huh? again. Not up to our prior experiences at other Voltaggio locations. caesSpecial Features:
- A delightful outingTheta4alifetimeDined on 8/10/2014My bf and I dined here on the last night of restaurant week. The service was impeccable and the food was great...We had the fixed menu with four items. My rockfish was overlooked and a little tough, all the other courses were amazing. We are hoping to give them another shot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedPhylburlDined on 8/10/2014We started out with stellar service that deteriorated to the point that I couldn't get anyone's attention when my Haddock was overdone. And we waited and waited and waited for our check and then again to pay. We were not alone in our complaint as we could hear other diners with the same problem. The restaurant was not overly crowded on a Sunday evening. Aldo, how is the wine flight the same wine for all no matter what you've ordered?
- Great Italian foodTynna76Dined on 8/10/2014Good Italian place, though a bit pricey. Aggio will wow you with their parmesan funnel cake served before focaccia with mortadella mousse (delicious too). Outstanding presentation and flavor! The octopus was perfectly cooked &d my second favorite dish of the night. The beets were good, but the star of the dish is the salsa tonnata with tosted pine nuts. The creste di gallo were ok. However, the tonnarelli made with nero di seppia were absolutely fantastic. That was my favorite dish: good flavor and beautiful presentation! I preferred the halibut over the rock fish, but they were both good. Last, but not least, order the affogato with the salted caramel gelato! Their wine list is really good and is organized in a very nice way.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Happy to have Aggio in BaltimoreBawlmerhonVIPDined on 8/10/2014We are pleased that Aggio has come to Baltimore (we're Top Chef fans). We dined on the Restaurant Week menu and were very pleased with the selection and preparation. All was impeccable. As in the Frederick Volaggio establishments, the dessert is the most memorable, a lovely finish. The service was very professional though lacked a thorough understanding of the ingredients...they could say the words but didn't understand what they really meant. We had an early reservation, and the Staff had not yet turned down the music. It was not only very loud, but the choice was odd. Please keep in mind that I am a huge supporter of WTMD, but I do not expect to hear Vampire Weekend and the Black Keys blaring in a fine dining establishment.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great new additionGreatDined on 8/9/2014Thanks. It was grand and a great treat ! Will returnSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bad experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/9/2014Bad service. Staff was not able to handle a party of 8. Got up and left after waiting for menus and drink orders for over 10 minutes.Special Features:
- A Little Room for ImprovementNightLightDined on 8/9/2014To celebrate a recent birthday, we decided to try Aggio in Baltimore--while knowing that it had just opened in late June--based upon our prior excellent dining experiences at Volt in Frederick, MD. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was pleasant and comfortable. The one off-putting issue was that, even though we made a special note of the fact that our dinner was for a special occasion, there was no acknowledgement of the birthday, before, during or even after the meal by the waitstaff. Not a huge issue, but it was disappointing, as we were a decent sized party and spent quite a bit on this dinner.Special Features:
- Great for foodiesGentleIntelligenceDined on 8/8/2014This restaurant had GREAT food and service. It is wonderful for special occasions and if you just want to try something different.Special Features:
- Did not Disappointagamble1983Dined on 8/8/2014Was excited to hear Aggio was participating in Baltimore Restaurant Week after hearing the association with Volt. Three of us went and had the great pleasure of sharing everything we ordered from the four course menu. It was a great introduction. Portion sizes were just right and the dishes were all unbelievable in presentation and flavor. The service was a little too mechanical, I would have preferred a warmer server but it felt all business. The ambiance was nice but could be great for a romantic dinner or dinner with friends or colleagues. All in all, I would return. A must do in Baltimore even if you are not a fan of Power Plant Live.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Treated and Fed Like RoyaltyKnaligDined on 8/8/2014What a wonderful place, great atmosphere, wonderful staff and incredible food. From the minute we walked in we were treated like royalty by the staff and enjoyed a wonderful wine list and selection by the sommilier. The food was WONDERFUL and tasty but not heavy handed.Special Features:
- What a let down!Luv2EatDined on 8/8/2014After eating at Volt in Frederick, I was expecting great things. Oh, what a disappointment. I went there for Restaurant Week as it is kind of pricey otherwise. There are no salt and pepper shakers on the table, because a fine chef is supposed to have seasoned everything perfectly. Sure, if salt and lots of it, are his seasonings. The amuse bouche, a fried dough-like swirl with cheese was much too salty. My Caesar salad was swimming (ie too much) in dressing and was good and salty, but the oyster croutons, you guessed it, were over salty. The black ink pasta, which had a $6 premium, was hard and a mish-mash of flavors. The meatballs, were...meatballs. My dining partner says he gets better ones at the Italian deli carry-out.
- New on the SceneChaunceyDined on 8/7/2014Being a new restaurant on the scene in Baltimore is definitely not an easy task. With all if the many choices and flavors available between Hamden, Fells Point, Canton, Harbor East and Little Italy, it could be a major dilemma finding exactly what you're in search of or craving. Well, let me inform all of you foodies out there that Aggio is worth your time, money and taste buds.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good, but don't expect VoltGoosDined on 8/7/2014We really enjoyed our recent dinner here. The food was very good and the staff was extremely helpful. However, it does NOT live up to the flagship restaurant, Volt. We were there for Restaurant Week, and opted for the 4 courses, for an additional $15, with the wine pairing for $25. I was disappointed that nowhere on the menu, nor were we told, that the wine pairing for the 4 courses was actually $30. Yes, that's only $10 more, but still. The table arrangements were also rectangular, instead of square, for a 2-top, with the seats being on the short sides. That certainly doesn't lend itself to intimacy. My husband and I found ourselves having to lean over the table and raising our voices a little to have a conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.