Aldo's
Aldo's

Aldo's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldositaly.com/
  • Phone: 4107270700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving dinner nightly from 5 PM. Last seatings: Monday-Thursday, 10 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11 PM; Sunday, 9 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Aldo Vitale & Sergio VItale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fawn Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered by M&W Parking, available at $10 (higher on holidays). Complimentary shuttle transportation to and from Inner Harbor-area hotels by advanced appointment. The Baltimore City-owned "Little Italy Parking Garage" is located at 400 S. Central Avenue, approximately 1 block from Aldo's. Street parking available: 3-hour time limit, strictly enforced.
A word from Aldo's
“One of the best Italian restaurants in America” / "The wine list at Aldo's is exemplary, easily one of the best on the east coast” / “This is clearly a labor of familial love, and it shows in every dish" -- John Mariani (of Esquire Magazine), 2012

Aldo’s is Baltimore’s most celebrated Italian restaurant. Aldo's features Chef/Owner Aldo Vitale's delicately balanced southern-influenced regional Italian cuisine, served in sumptuously appointed rooms steeped in classical Italian tradition.

The media rave about Aldo's, calling it "An Italian Masterpiece" (NY Times) and have recognized Aldo's for offering Maryland's "Best Private Dining" (The Baltimore Sun) and "Baltimore's Best Private Dining Rooms" (Baltimore Magazine). Private dining rooms include a belowground, climate-controlled Wine Cellar and a Medici-inspired Library. Visit the website at www.aldositaly.com for a virtual tour.

* Complimentary shuttle service is provided to downtown area hotels *
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Aldo's reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)romantic (83)fit for foodies (58)notable wine list (57)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (23)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Overall a disappointment based on the reviews I'd read beforehand. Super noisy! Not looking for " energetic". Our 2 top was seated near three groups of 6. I couldn't really even hear the server. Food was so-so at best.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • waiter service lacking
    bartonf
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Waiter was inattentive, slow, and absent, , otherwise the food was excellent, the wine list more than adequate, and the staff up to the level of the restaurant. I would recommend dining there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our second visit to Aldo's and once again, the food and service were superb. The pastas are light and flavorful, and the sauces are spot-on in terms of balance of flavors. The meat and fish dishes have all been excellent and cooked exactly as ordered, the sauces and accompaniments compliment the without overwhelming them. When we've had room for it, the desserts are outstanding. The staff were very helpful in accommodating a dairy allergy in our party, and the waitstaff were friendly and attentive without being overbearing. We brought my parents with us this time, and we are already making plans for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect anniversary experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My husband and I picked Aldo's for our 8th wedding anniversary dinner. We were sat in a dining area with only one other occupied table. While they were a little loud at times (enjoying a spirited work conversation) we enjoyed some of the punch lines while we dined. Roman, our server, kept asking if we wanted to be re-sat somewhere else, but who wants to give up free entertainment? I enjoyed my spinach salad and the Ossobuco. I had never had bone marrow, but Roman showed me how to eat it on bread, which was amazing! Best lemoncello I have ever had...I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underdressed, but impressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Booked Aldo's by mistake while out with some friends...thought it was another restaurant that began with an A. Pricey, but food and service was impeccable. We were seriously underdressed for this establishment, but they never blinked an eye. Sat us quickly, smartly, and treated us as if we came in our finest. Not overpriced, and food was well proportioned. Certainly would come her again with the wife for a romantic evening, or to celebrate something special. Notice quite a few other clientele there for special celebrations. Kudos to the headwaiter and servers for making us feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal in every way
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Four of us dined and each had three courses. We all loved everything we had. Service was impeccable. Setting was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Time!
    ReallyOughtToDiet
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I went to Aldo's for our wedding anniversary knowing only that Aldo's was in the Little Italy section of Baltimore and having been to Little Italy in Boston multiple times, figured the place is Italian, it's in a place called Little Italy, it has wine, it has Italian food, probably a safe bet. My odds here were better than the Cubs making it to the World Series or winning the lottery, and I was right. Aldo's was excellent. We spent time at the bar, which was small and served it's purpose: getting drinks to the table and as a stopping point for people who get there a half hour before their reservation. Our dinner was excellent as well. The Saltimbocca and Surf and Turf were delicious, dessert delightful and service amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • big disappointment
    gegyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service was awful. Waited almost 2 hours for a lukewarm dinner. Food was less than average; specifically, gluey and obviously reheated pasta. Must have been microwaved. This place does not deserve the rating it gets. Would never go back and would steer others away from this overpriced and poor quality of food restaurant.
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  • Cater8VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Old school Italian American. The food is ok but overpriced. Restaurant is dated and dirty. Tables for two are in a hallway. Not romantic. Big group of diners at a table on the other part not in hallway screamed profanity thruout their dinner. Nice crowd, right? They charge $10 to valet!! Go to Cinghale instead!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Freeasabird
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great classy atmosphere and great food, although portion could be bigger. Great dessert. Service was very nice, though could be faster. Overall, very good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Litediner
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Appetizers and Maincourse were amazing. Dessert was left to be desired
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best Italian in Baltimore
    figmentVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    But it is starting to show its age. The money has been paired done over the past year or so, some for the better some worse. The decor and ambiance still heightens the meal, but it needs a tad of refreshing. After living in the area for 16 years and then moving away we still went back to Aldo's on our return and would do it again. Just hoping next time some of the old polish is restored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Dinner
    BmoredinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We've been looking for a new favorite Italian restaurant since Della Notte closed and we might have found it. Aldo's is a lovely space and a nice step up from a lot of spaghetti joints! Large, ably mixed Manhattans started our evening and it continued in a very positive way. Warm foccacio on request was very tasty and our meals didn't disappoint. Fresh Bronzini, Veal Saltimbaca, Osso Buco and House made peppardelle with Bolognese were all top notch. Service was terrific and the wait staff went out of their way to fix a potential problem and give us a great dining experience. It is a little pricey but worth every bit of it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service could improve
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was awesome but extremely limited attention by waiter dulled the experience. Given the prices, service should folks - and it didn't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Was Good, But ...
    WaltersMuseumPatronsVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It sure wasn't anything special - certainly not compared to so many other really good restaurants in town. We got the impression that Aldo's may be happy just trying to coast on its reputation. We went for my wife's birthday in part because we've been hearing about Aldo's since we moved here 25 years ago - and the place gave us the impression of our having gone back 25 years (or more) in time. The food was fine - but not fine for the prices being charged. Each entree came out only warm - all of our dishes were cold by the time we finished them. The service was perfunctory at best. Both appetizer and entree plates sat for several minutes after having been finished. We will come back - if someone else is willing to pay what they charge!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Pretty decor and polite service, but the food was not up to the prices charged. Bolognase appetizer was very unbalanced-too much pork. Beet salad had 3 slices of beets and way too much lettuce. Veal was tender (Frances and Osso Bucolic)- portions were very small and were swimming in sauce. I had to move mine to a seperate plate to enjoy it. We won't be back, there are better places to spend $200 for dinner.
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  • Wonderful dinner
    amyb
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I dined here for dinner on 9/26/14. It was not our first time here, in fact we've been several times and have enjoyed it every time. This time was just as enjoyable - food and service were just wonderful. Thank you for a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • In the Cuccina With Grandma!
    KellyCuisina
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Like a trip to big Italy! My own Italian grandmother would sell her pots and pans if she knew there were another cuccina out there nearly as good as her own! Baltimore is a trove of undiscovered gastronomic thrills. Some off the beaten path. Put down that crab mallet. Return to where good Baltimore eats all began. Revisit and rediscover Little Italy. Aldo's will seduce you all over again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    MistyRiverLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We will never go to Baltimore again without Aldo's on our agenda. Fabulous food and exceptional service. From the creamy burrata, to house made tagliatelle, to the moist, rich flour-less chocolate cake - a winner with food and service. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • best Italian in Baltimore
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Not place to go if price scares you but great food and nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From W. Chester PA. to Inner Harbor
    Stevie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We go to Inner Harbor to eat. And when it's going to be Italian, It's Aldo's. So when its the train or we jump into a car to drive that distance or food, it had better be worth it. Trust "daddy", it is. Our preferred server is Slava; always engaging, pleasant and professional. We go crazy over the osso bucca and the great handmade pastas. We had the great pleasure of meeting Aldo this time who seemed like a man on a mission charging through the restaurant with a dish of something unknown to us. He graciously stopped to explain and extoll the virtues of prickly pears which he insisted upon us trying. Ahhhh, another great night at Aldo's! We love Aldo's and I hope anyone who is considering giving them a try, then do so!! Gracie Aldo and Slava
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • What happened to your veal chops?
    Yankeefan
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were shocked at the diminished thickness of the veal chops. Everything else was great, but the chops were dried out. Your old chops melted in your mouth, these challenged your chewing ability. Very disappointing to repeat customers. Your old chops rivalled anything in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dress attire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The dress attire said business casual but many people were in jeans and sport shirts.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    great wait staff, excellent food, clean appearance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always finely prepared dishes
    Generaldan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    From the staff to the food and everything in between, Aldo's never disappoints. Took two clients who had never been and loved the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GetOutOften
    SomeoneElseCookVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Just a great place to go. Look no further and take one and all to Aldo's. It will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food and atmosphere never disappoint - however, this trip was on a Tuesday night; the restaurant was relatively "slow" (it was not like they were going to turn the table); while the service was attentive, they seemed to rush us through our courses - even though we told the waiter we were NOT in a rush. As my wife commented - you'd never be rushed like this in Italy !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 40th Anniversary
    yest4thebest
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went to Aldo's on a Monday night. Of course rest. traffic is slow on Mondays so some of this review might reflect that. Food was excellent from beginning to end. Service wasn't quick or of the constant checking on the table variety but all in all we were all totally pleased. Food was as hot when it arrived at the table as I've ever had at a rest. Every dish was fantastic. We will return again and only hope everything can be duplicated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    AllaboutdiningVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Some of the dishes were excellent; the lobster pasta dish was delicious as was the veal tenderloin Frances. However, the beef carpaccio was covered in cheese, very little meat and what meat was there was more like ham than beef. The service was the biggest disappointment. Even though the restaurant was not crowded, we didn't see much if our server after our order was taken.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    Phillyvisitors
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After our waiter failed to appear for 45 minutes we alerted management who promptly assigned a pro. Unfortunately the dishes were either over sauced, over seasoned and/or sat under a heatlamp too long. Seemed like the chef was on break with our waiter. Let's hope it was just a bad night.
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  • 2 1/2 Hour Disapointment
    Jumbolawya
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Busy night in the dining room. Seated 15 minutes after reservation time (not a problem). Mediocre foccacia-esque bread. Hendricks G&T that was undrinkably strong. Other drinks were fine. 20 minutes before the specials. Another 20 minutes before ordering. 30 minutes for appetizers. I'm not sure if the appetizers were actually good or if nearly 90 minutes past our reservation time we were too hungry to care. The calamari was well prepared. Foie gras surprised, sauce accompanied it beautifully. Both pasta dishes were overcooked. Not just "this is past Al dente" but actually gummy. Unfortunate because the sauces were delicious. Veal Shank was anemic looking and terribly small for the $50 price tag, came with 3 asparagus and salt sauce.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food and Ambiance
    Kellyboy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a special occassion . . . family flew in from multiple locations around the US to celebrate my son's graduation. The attention was great, including a couple of calls from the staff to assure me that everything would be set up right . . . it was! Nice private room, attentive staff, great food and drinks. They even presented my son with a $50 gift certificate to congratulate him. All in all, it was a great evening!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food, the atmosphere and the service were all excellent. Some of the best pappardelle Bolognese I've ever had. The only negative was the wait. We had 7:00 reservations and weren't seated until 7:30. Our server did tell us they were one server short so hopefully the wait is not normal for them.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Never Go Wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was very good as usual. Homemade pasta is the best. Extensive wine list. Service was timely and friendly. The only issue was it was we were celebrating a birthday and they brought a cannoli to the table next to us for a birthday celebration and when they realized they brought to the wrong table... we just got a scoop of gelato???? My husband is still waiting on his cannoli LOL!!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We sat upstairs which has far less charm than downstairs. Wasn't a great place with kids. Service was slow, but it was busy. I would recommend the food.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The place was mostly empty -- hopefully because it was Friday before Labor Day, not indicating anything else -- so service was extremely attentive. Food was excellent, though I prefer an osso buco in a tomato based sauce. Great wine and drink. Too bad we were too full for dessert. We will definitely return
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Marvelous
    kenniD
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Aldo's presented the best Ceasar salad I have experienced. The food was impeccably prepared and served with dignity - no pomp. This is an excellent Italian restaurant on the order of the finest in the USA.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • SkippyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Very good food. Friendly, excellent specials. True northern Italian. Fish was fresh and perfectly done for an eastern bass Loved my frois grois but crude for the shy.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A good local restaurant. Food was very good and server was attentive.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Bonz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Aldo's provides a lovely experience for my parents on their wedding anniversary. My boyfriend and I accompanied them for dinner, which was delicious. The prices are high, but worth it for a special occasion or romantic night out. Our server was attentive, polite and friendly. We were given free cream of lemoncello drinks and my parents were given a tiramisu in the house for their anniversary. (The tiramisu was amazing). Overall a great experience.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.