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Aggio
Aggio

Aggio Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.Volt-Aggio.com
  • Phone: (202) 803-8020
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5pm-10:30pm
    Friday, Saturday: 5pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Johnny Miele
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Friendship Heights Metro stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Aggio
AGGIO features a menu inspired by authentic Italian classics that utilize sustainable, domestic ingredients treated with classic and progressive techniques, a trademark of all the Voltaggio restaurants. Voltaggio sourced ingredients such as oak-smoked pecorino cheese from Wisconsin, Tennessee hams cured in the style of prosciutto di Parma, specialty flours from South Carolina for handmade pastas and more to transform his dishes into exceptional modern Italian cuisine.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very good food, but expensive when considering portion size"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 8:45PM. We were told there would be a wait but cocktails would be provided to assuage the wait time. No problem until the drink order did not arrive for over 10+ minutes and then we had to wait until close to 9:30 to be seated. However, once we were seated the staff and service was excellent. We were provided 2 extra tasting entrees as an apology. The food was excellent but getting through the initial kinks left the couple we were dining with a sour taste in their mouth. They said they would not be back. My husband and I will be back but we will have to plan when would be the best time to make a reservation-either very late or very very early."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The person who delivered our orders repeatedly delivered them to the wrong person, and the neatly choreographed simultaneous delivery of orders has disappeared. The worst thing was the slowness of service. It took half an hour for two of our party to get their pasta order. (Our request to split the order between two diners was ignored.) It was then another half an hour till our entrees arrived, which left two of our party sitting there for at least an hour with no food. After our last course, our waitress had disappeared and did not reappear for another half hour. I was about to tackle a busboy to search for our waitress. The room was almost empty by that time. Clearly there has been a substantial slippage in service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It's too bad the kitchen and waitstaff can't get their act together because the food is spectacular. It's just that it took over 4 hours for a 4-course meal here, early on a Friday evening. There was never any explanation for what was going on in the kitchen, although they did take a bunch of items off our bill because of the long waits. But it wasn't JUST the kitchen that was messed up. While we sat for an hour in between each course, the waiter didn't check if we wanted more drinks, didn't clear away dirty dishes, didn't refill the water (and when he did, it was a different kind of water than we had selected). Overall a tremendously disappointing experience and we would never go back unless the management is completely overhauled."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The server was horrible (server #42 Caroline); she made us feel that we were a burden to her when we would ask for the wine list, the menu, more water, etc. We feel that we would had a much better time if she was not our server. The food runners were excellent; they explained the dishes as they brought them to us and also provided server-like duties as our server was never around."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was quite good except when we heard "we suggest you choose 4-5 dishes apiece" we were taken aback. We are not large people and don't gorge ourselves. We ordered two entrees, an $18 (tiny) appetizer, and dessert plus a bottle of wine and felt guilty because we didn't order more as suggested; however, we were full when we left. We had plenty to eat. The fish dish was overly salted."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Frankly - I was a bit disappointed. We had the tasting menu, which in all respects other than taste was great. Service was astonishing, we weren't rushed (literally - dinner took about 3 1/2 hours so we really weren't rushed), all of the wait staff were attentive and friendly. The problem was that the food was in my opinion overpriced and everything to me tasted over-salted. My dining companion didn't think the salt was overwhelming so maybe that was my palate that particular evening, but I've never gone anywhere else and had that issue. So frankly - I think the Range side of the house was better for food, though the service and ambiance were much better at the Range side. Guess you can't have it all!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The drinks took way too long to be served. The liquor choices were not mainstream or recognizable. The bourbon did not taste good. The two-person tables are far too large and my partner and I had to sit way too far apart and were not allowed to change seating to sit next to each other. The food is moderately good, but way too expensive. The waiter advised too many small plates and we were stuffed by the last dish. This place is over-priced and we do not plan to return."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was very good, but tremendously overpriced. The cocktails were ridiculously small in terms of quantity band quite overpriced as a result. The price was driven by the fact that the waiter suggested 4 plates to include dessert (if you choose to partake). Overall a disconnect between price and value overall leaving a "bad taste in my mouth"."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I really want to like this place, but after three tries, I think the chef has some dishes that are brilliantly creative, delight to eat and beautiful, but not been able to put together a complete meal with all great dishes. Then there is that need to create a tasting menu with at least 3 ala carte choices and the mid-$30 for 3 bite protein dishes means you can't avoid a $100 meal, with a glass or two of wine. Service is very good - better than range. Kathy can always find a GREAT bottle of wine at any price point - will often even go under the price you suggest. The room is better than previous look, but nothing to look at in the room - some two tops just stare at a curtain. Ask to be in center of room or back corner."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The experience was terribly disappointing - lighting uncomfortable, portion size stunningly, unbelievably teeny tiny, prices too high considering, awkward room. There is a lot of terrific food in Washington and no reason to return here."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "For an expensive, delicious restaurant, the music was loud rock and very unappealing. It really took away from the atmosphere of the place. The food was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Have dined at all BV restaurants and this one misses mark. The portion size is a joke. $44 ny strip entree couldn't have been more than 1.5 oz's of meat... 2 tiny strips of steak. It was almost laughable. Crab minestrone came out almost cold and was about 3 bites. The pasta courses were the highlight, if I ever returned and I wouldn't these are the only dishes I would order. I've dined at almost every top notch restaurant in dc and this is hands down the worst value ive encountered."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We loved Aggio...food was out of this world. Cucumber amberjack app was phenomenal...roasted artichoke ravioli in broth..so delicious. My husband had the squid ink pasta and I had the meatballs. Why meatballs? Because it's hard to improve on a favorite Italian staple...but Aggio did! We really LOVED this restaurant...and we are picky..having eaten our way thru some of the finest restaurants in Europe, CA and NYC in our time.. We know good food ..but this was amazing! Quiet dining room..perfect for a romantic dinner. Service outstanding...and while the wine list was impressive ..I was in a cocktail mood ..Fantastic Cosmo."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "the portions are small, especially given the price. Service was good, but there was a long time between courses and too much attention was paid to "coordinated" service -- all plates placed down at the same time -- than was necessary. The sommeliere suggested a terrific wine, but the servers took the glasses away before we had finished the bottle."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After such excellent reviews by food critics, my two companions and I, who are all foodies, couldn't have been more disappointed with this experience. It is very expensive and each dish was about a third the size of most normal servings. Not one dish was anywhere near exceptional or special, even though they are artistically presented. The best dish I had was the lemon gelato for dessert. When I made the reservation, the only prime time hour available was 7:00, even though on that Thursday evening, only one other table was taken when we arrived. By the time we left around 9:00 only three tables were occupied in this otherwise very attractive and sophisticated dining room. Obviously there was no noise problem - that made it almost eerie!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • " Service was prompt, and efficient. Food was excellent. We are lucky to have such a fine restaurant in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I took my husband for Father's Day dinner after reading Tom Sietema's review in the Post. We absolutely loved it. Every course was superb, the service was perfect, the decor lovely. We ordered a la carte ( the prawns for him and the spinach pasta w/crab for me) and followed our server's suggestion and added two sides; the. Broccoli rabe and the polenta. We shared them and thoroughly enjoyed them. We also shared one fabulous dessert-the ice cream and the mascarpone in the chocolate box. When we were given the homemade chocolate, we were too stuffed and took them home in the little boxes provided. The next day, they were a wonderful reminder of a delightful evening."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wait staff seemed to have protocol of constantly checking in with us about something while not paying attention to obvious details. Food ok but not worth the price."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "food was delicious, I loved the oyster "croutons". the porchetta was tasty, salty but fattier than I would have liked."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Love Bryan Voltaggio. Don't love Aggio. Loved the wait staff and sommelier. Didn't love the food. Ambience decor was stunning, the smell of grease and the greasy smokey air you could see wafting passed the lights ruined it for me. Loved the Bagna Cauda and beet salad. Caesar salad excellent. Blue Crab and Spinach tagliatelle was bland, overcooked, dry. So disappointed...not up to his pasta standards. Pork dish was fine. Pea and ricotta ravioli's were excellent. The desserts were very good. Truly mixed reviews....food mostly very good, but the grease smell and cooking smoke...ugh. Needs a new exhaust system. Not one of the Voltaggio brothers most stunning outcomes....from someone who really enjoys the fruits of their labor."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food and ambience are the big attractions, and what could be more important. In the innovative strawberry first course, the pale brown color of the pickled strawberries was unappealing, though the items were tasty enough. Loved the delicate artichoke ravioli, and the meatballs were quite good but not heavenly. Halibut was perfect. The sommelier served us very well with his recommendation of a Riesling to accompany most of the diverse choices of several courses for 4 diners."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was a super new experience for us. Only one issue - Three of the four of us had the 6-course tasting menu. One had 3-courses. She is a slower eater and the waiter said, at the beginning, they would leave her first and second dishes through the serving of our second and fourth dishes, so she was not without while we ate. They did not do that. They left us not eating while she was working on her courses, then took her plate before bringing our next course. We would have preferred that they had kept with the original process."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent with several additions from the chef. The wine service was also very professional and attentive. However, our order was botched. It was not an easy order. We were four; two had the 6 course tasting menu, one of us had two courses and the fourth ordered three courses. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We took advantage of an opportunity for an evening out for just the two of us to try Aggio. We had previously enjoyed Range but wanted a quieter evening. Aggio was delightful. We indulged in the tasting menu which was fantastic. While I love beets, my husband hates them yet he thought the baby beet appetizer was wonderful! Every course was delicious, and the sommelier was extremely helpful."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Bryan Voltaggio once again proves why he's one of our greatest American chefs with Aggio! The food was nothing short of fantastic--from the Strawberry appetizer to the Chocolate Foggato, the meal was just an array of great flavors. The pastas are all excellent--the meatballs and radiatori were just so flavorful. We also tried the spring chicken, which was truly one of the best pieces of chicken I've had. The servers are all professional in their work and the entire experience was nothing short of exceptional! We went for a birthday celebration and it was truly a great night out! Thanks, Bryan!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you've read reviews about "a good old red-sauce Italian restaurant" tucked inside Range, be careful how far your mind wanders: it's still small plates, some not so remarkable. Service from our waiter was awkward and felt rehearsed, while the supporting (younger) dining room staff were most attentive and warm."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Truly excellent food and service. While expensive it is in style, service and food quality amoung the best in town, including much more expensive places. Truly a DC gem, easily one of the 5 best places in town. We will be back for another special occassion."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Still wrinkles to iron out, but very promising experience. Service got off to shaky start. Reservation was for 3, we were seated as 3, and after a while asked why we had no menus; answer was they thought we were waiting for a 4th. Not acceptable, they never asked. Sommelier helpful with pick, but slow bringing the wine. Artichoke in broth & tuna appetizers were wonderful, bruschetta with burrata, strawberries didn't work. Pork tenderloin was great, halibut was bland, not much taste. Chocolate mascarpone hazelnut dessert was wonderful. Would definitely go back. Didn't appreciate staff encouraging us to try 3-4 dishes each,;would have made it $100 a head without drinks. Appetizer and main dish were plenty, 4 would have been over the top."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Service was warm, personable and impeccable. We went for the 6-course tasting menu, and every single dish was delicious. The reason we gave it one star short of perfection is the size of the servings. We did the tasting menu at Volt several times and each time, we walked away satiated. Not so at Aggio. Perhaps we should have accepted our waiter's offer to bring us more bread, which was scrumptious."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Went for my Daughter's graduation...the food was excellent as well as the service. Great place!!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had heard good things about Range and read a good review of Aggio. We were very disappointed. The meal was all show and no substance - as in the presentation made us think we were watching a High School play with fake food as a prop. The artichoke ravioli appetizer with consommé was extremely bland (and small by any standard). The Blue crab entree I am sure had blue crab hiding somewhere inside the cold pasta. Desert was a beautiful chocolate box with gelato, but it left my wife and I wondering - how can you remove the flavor from chocolate? On the upside, the oyster croutons (3) in the kale Caesar salad were very tasty and our server was very nice and attentive. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "we went for my birthday dinner- the food and service were outstanding. For me, the treat was zeppole for dessert- something my family calls spinge and makes for St Josephs day- I have never seen that on a menu- what a treat! The wait staff was extremely attentive and thewhole experience great. A birthday dinner to remember- plus we had Chef sign his cookbook for me:)"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very Voltaggio. Small, but flavor-packed portions. Wait staff is very familiar with the menu. We'll priced wine list."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Dined in this room several times before the concept of Aggio when I asked for a "quiet table". Pack rat themed cocktails and music wasn't appealing. Lots of attention from multiple servers (water, wine, food) made for a lot of interruptions. High point was low price of bottled wine and low point the small portions. The pea ravioli were delicious but only three of them (more than $5 each) left us wishing for at least six and a desire not to share tastes. There were nice touches of amuse bouche and dessert truffles but, gee, I just wish they'd have fed us more. Are we returning to the era of Cuisine Minceur?"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Overall, the prices are sky-high for the quality and quantities served. We started with a pasta dish and a lentil salad. Both were just ok but at $14-$16 per order one would expect something better than a bit of macaroni with so-so meat sauce. The fish dishes were very good but one would expect a little more than 4 ounces of fish at $30+. the desert was very good and reasonably priced. The wine selection is quite extensive and also reasonably (mostly) priced. I tend to think that after the initial euphoria, most people will realize that one can enjoy equal or better food at more reasonable prices. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Gerard was an excellent server and led us through the menu selections helping us make decisions with the number of dishes we ordered. He was very tactful in his advice regarding the number of dishes we needed to order. The beef cheeks are a new favorite for everyone at the table. Lamb ragu and another pasta dish were extremely salty. If the portions were larger we definitely would not have been able to finish them. As with Range we found the wine list to be excellent while offering moderately, affordable wines that would fit most budgets. I would definitely dine here again but would avoid the pasta."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "An outstanding evening overall as service, food and ambience combine to leave you feeling special and happy!Some dishes better than others-tuna app tasty, but not outstanding, caeasar,lamb ragu, outstanding as were the prawns, but could have used another 1 or 2 l meatballs, good. Lentils & octopus disappointing. Breadsticks and funnel cake a nice touch, but not as impressive as other reviews might suggest.Wines were excellent & reasonable under knowledgeable guidance of the wine steward. Desserts were light & nice way to finish dinner; coffe - okay. An expensive evening but worth a splurge."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our experience was a case of extremes, both good and bad. Some of the dishes were exquisite (e.g. crab minestrone soup, lentils) and others tasted like they came out of the package in the freezer (e.g lamb ragu). Similarly, the house-made tonic water was stunningly interesting and delicious, but the vodka martini was barely chilled. The service was attentive at times, but then they completely forgot about a course, and (without apology) served one of the dishes lukewarm after a very long wait. The room was very noisy and difficult for a party of two to have a conversation when flanked by other couples with loud voices. There is talent here that could justify the expense, so I hope they get their act together."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Compared to previous experiences at VOLT and RANGE, AGGIO was disappointing. Some food excellent; others not; waiter offered substitute. Ambiance not up to price of food. Unpleasant cooking odors from RANGE."
    Dined on 5/11/2014