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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
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AGGIO - Baltimore reviews from OpenTable diners
227 reviews since June 3, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (176)special occasion (165)romantic (114)notable wine list (112)hot spot (52)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Good findOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 9/27/2014Found this restaurant through open table and we liked it. The decor is nice and simple. The table for two was a little too long and I found it difficult to have a conversation with my wife The service was good however our server was not very friendly.. all business. Food was excellent. I had the artic chard and my wife the red snapper and both were delicious. The pasta was great as well. My main complaint is that they were no very accommodating, my wife wanted salad dressing on the side and they wouldn't do it, and she wanted a dish from the tasting menu and they wouldn't serve it as they had "limited quantities" and we were one f the last tables. Most upscale restaurants in the US would have accommodated our request. I would go back.
- Loved, Loved, Loved Aggio!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/26/2014I wish you had a higher rating than outstanding...I would assign it to every category. My only regret is that we live 3 hours away!Special Features:
- IrmaDined on 9/21/2014The food was very well prepared and delicious. I would rate it as possibly one of the best restaurants in the City and would dine here again. While somewhat expensive, it was very good value.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Dinnerhappy2BoutDined on 9/20/2014My husband and I dined here for the first time over the weekend. We both thought the food was fantastic! We started with the Caesar Salad, my husband had the Pork Osso Bucco and I had the Scallops. Everything was wonderful. Our only complaints are that service seemed too orchestrated. It took 3 members of the wait staff to serve our Caesar Salad, it was just too much fanfare. And the atmosphere in the upstairs dining room was quiet and a bit stuffy. If we have a chance to return we will request that we sit downstairs.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 9/20/2014Wonderful, new spot. Very pleasing decor, good sound attenuation, excellent service and cuisine.Special Features:
- Not worth the priceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/20/2014Nice atmosphere but the wait staff is not ready for prime time. They were continually reaching over us rather than going around (and there were only 2 of us at a table in the center of the room). They were friendly but appeared to want to sprint from the table when asked a question. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. Despite a very creative wine list with interesting selections, the assistant somm who poured most of our wines knew little about them. In one instance, he admitted he hadn't tasted the wine; in another, he didn't know what the grapes were! Granted, Italy has a lot of indigenous grapes but at least have some familiarity if it is part of the menu pairings. Food was fine but, in sum, not worth the price.Special Features:
- kenlevVIPDined on 9/20/2014The restaurant was outstanding same quality and service as Volt in Frederick.Special Features:
- Not Volt, but excellent...Tom22180VIPDined on 9/20/2014Expecting the creative food of Volt we were a little disappointed to see the Italian menu. However the execution was flawless, and boy do they know how to season food here. The salty bread was worth a trip. The room was a bit austere and not in an elegant way, but the service was fantastic. Aggio is definitely worth the trip, but at the end of the day it's still a dark room at the Power Plant. Too bad they didn't score a place in East Harbor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Imaginative cuisine excellnt srviceceopvVIPDined on 9/19/2014This is my second visit to Aggio. Aggio is an amazing restaurant, very elegant and quiet (which I like). Its cuisine is most imaginative and every dish is prepared and presented perfectly. Service was impeccable and attentive. A very competent Sommelier guided us through the wine selection. A great dining experience whether you are there for a business dinner or a romantic occasion. Definitely worth going out of your way for a visit!Special Features:
- Fantastic dinner!ceopvVIPDined on 9/18/2014Food was incredible Service was amazing. Elegant, sophisticated yet comfortable and welcoming Fantastic wine list & impressive sommelier. Dined with 5 other colleagues - perfect spot for business dinner. Would go back on a date and again with friends in a heartbeat!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 9/16/2014The restaurant was mostly empty at 8 pm so there was an uncomfortable silence like being in a library where everyone whispers. The food was beautiful but some items were not hot when they should have been. The Somm was great and the service was perfect but overall an awkward dinner. I probably wouldn't rush back but still enjoy Volt.Special Features:
- Delicious, expensive, small portionDougieKDined on 9/13/2014I thought each dish was absolutely delicious and clever, but the portions are small. You will need to have several courses to feel satiated. Beautiful space, excellent service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SpottyAnn14VIPDined on 9/13/2014We were five guests on a Saturday night. Some courses, such as the grilled octopus, were very good, others, such as the shrimp and grits were not. The grits were watery and not the least bit spicy - and this was ostensibly "fra diavolo." The quantity of blue crab in the squid ink pasta with blue crab was so minute it barely deserved to be mentioned as an ingredient. The service was good, but the pacing was poor. Far too long a lag between courses. I could understand that if the restaurant had been packed - but it was not. Overall, I'd say I plan to return in a year to see if they have worked out their kinks. New restaurants deserve a second chance.
- Wonderful all aroundkandmVIPDined on 9/12/2014Our first dinner at Aggio and we were not disappointed. The food was sublime - every single dish we ordered impressed. Service was impeccable, a rare find here in Baltimore. Professional & attentive. Friendly but not intrusive. We were never rushed. Wine list impressive. So happy to finally have Bryan Voltaggio here in Charm City. Planning to return many times.Special Features:
- Yes! Yes! Yes!OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 9/12/2014Finally a new restaurant that lives up to the hype. They must have been on their game on Friday night because everything was spot on. The tasting menu is an adventure worth taking - try the octupus and oxtail and you'll think you've been deprived your entire life of good food. Overall a very welcome addition to the Baltimore scene.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Modern ItalianBrocDined on 9/12/2014This is Chef Voltaggio's take on modern Italian cuisine and, as usual, he's right on the money. Everything we had was very good. Being Italian, I'm a bit picky but this is a legitimate personal interpretation of Italian food. Highlights were the charred octopus appetizer, the strozzapreti pasta with oxtail ragu',the tonnarelli nero (black pasta with crabmeat) and the Pork Osso Buco. Service was very professional as was the assistance provided by the sommelier. The menu and wine list provide great variety at varying price points. Overall an excellent experience and we will happily return.Special Features:
- JudypieVIPDined on 9/7/2014Aggio is a superb restaurant. From the time you enter the door, you know you are in competent hands. Everything is"top of the line" - ambiance, cuisine, service - all are outstanding. We are looking forward to returning soon.Special Features:
- FrankDined on 9/6/2014Experience was excellent. Only complaint was the the portion sizes were small.Special Features:
- Overall good, but expected moreSarahWDined on 9/6/2014Having been to Volt, I expected a bit better service and food. The meal came with the extras like at Volt, and the bread was prob the best part of the meal. The risotto was good, a bit too cheesy for my taste, rice was cooked perfectly though. Our friends seemed to enjoy their meal, though the one who got the osso bucco did spit something out, probably a bad piece of meat. The budino dessert was pretty gross. The pistachio custard tasted like a pea-squash baby food. I really think that described it well, though no one would taste it to verify (can't blame them with that description!). Service was not great. Plates left on tables between courses, no offer for more wine (lost $ for them!).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent for Special OccasionnewtoBmoreDined on 9/6/2014Aggio is definitely a nice, upscale restaurant with wonderful atmosphere and is certainly fit for foodies. I've never had such amazing service at a restaurant before - felt like I was treated like royalty. The food was excellent - I had the charred octopus, terrarino pasta, and halibut while my partner had caesar salad, lasagna, and pork osso bucco. We each loved every one of our courses. The bread course was amazing, as was the amuse-bouche that was brought to us. There was a fantastic wine selection, which we didn't indulge in, due to the prices of the multiple courses we were choosing to do. It's on the pricey end but definitely worth it for a special occasion, and if you're a foodie!Special Features:
- Brian Voltaggio deliversMike28aVIPDined on 9/6/2014Our dining experience at Aggio was a delight from start to finish. Crafted cocktails were delicious. Our three course meal was exquisite, gnocchi and pasta cooked and sauced perfectly, pork osso bucco melting off the bone. Portions were appropriate (read: not stupidly big) so we had room for dessert and a flight of homemade fruit cellos (limoncello, orange cello, and lime cello). Our serving team, led by Christina, was nicely attentive, helpful, and informative. Highly recommendedSpecial Features:
- Great dining experience!rdgvll97Dined on 9/3/2014Great menu with some unusual options that were magnificently prepared. A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. The staff was fantastic. Even the music seemed like the perfect selections being played at just the right volume so we did not have to speak loudly to be heard at the table. I look forward to the next opportunity to dine at Aggio.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UnimpressedHappyVIPDined on 8/31/2014Grey walls, floor, ceiling, plates, food, even the music was the same 30 minute compilation of Volaro repeated 4 times during dinner! They wait staff was eager and pleasant ( dressed in grey too!). But every plate came with the "preparation is different tonight". They could have told us thy before we ordered. It isn't bad, but not up to the standards they aspire to. Nothing was inspiringly good. Many dishes sounded great, bu simply didn't deliver when it came to taste. Hopefully this was just an off night. I loved Volt in Frederick.
- Great second visit to AggioBanashreeVIPDined on 8/31/2014The restaurant has become a little bit more polished since our last visit when it was first opened. Waiters are very helpful and attentive. Food is very innovative and tasty albeit the portions are small.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First time at AggioWolfForemanFanVIPDined on 8/30/2014We were extremely impressed with the food, drinks, and service. Our drinks were complimentary because the staff felt the time in between courses was too long (we didn't feel that way at all but were very grateful nonetheless).Special Features:
- 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:
- ExcellentBrooklynCheeseSnobDined 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.
- 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.
- Slow Bar ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/20/2014Very slow night for the restaurant. No one at the bar yet took a long time to get a drink.Special Features:
- 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.