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Aldo's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldositaly.com
  • Phone: (410) 727-0700
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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Diner Reviews
  • "wait staff knew the menu well and were able to very eloquently describe items and make recommendations"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This is a beautiful classic Italian restaurant. The service and the food were impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Aldo's is where I go for the "special" evenings and they never disappoint."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "good range of gluten-free options, with extra attention paid to dishes which were ordered for sharing. we were sorry we could not stay around long enough to order dessert"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent, served in manageable portions. My ossobucco was superb, and the pasta carbonara appetizer portion was just right. It was a rare occasion on which I didn't feel overstuffed at the end. The service was attentive yet unobtrusive."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Aldo's food and service are outstanding. The mushroom risotto was perfect, as was the steak and osso bucco. As always, the food is flavorful and served piping hot. It's a bit pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food really was wonderful and a great selection available for the restaurant week menu. The service and ambience were excellent. The only reason I didn't rate them outstanding is that it was extremely busy and as a result the wait staff was hustling but still performed excellently. It was also very noisy but we were near a table that was a bit loud. No one help that; it just happens but certainly didn't detract from a beautiful meal and evening. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My wife and i celebrated our anniversary here on 8/5 and enjoyed every moment of our dinner! They seated us off in a separate room next to the window overlooking little Ital. It only had about 6 tables in it and was very intimate and romantic. Now the to the good part, the Food! we started with the eggplant parmesan which was thinly sliced and lightly breaded with a touch of sauce and cheese. I had the tuna carpaccio which was excellent, very fresh and great flavor! for dinner we both decided on the grilled hanger steak. It was cooked perfectly at a rare to medium rare, drizzled with olive oil, rosemary, and delicious sea salt! the dessert was fantastic as well. Our meal reminded us of our trip to Italy and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I went to Aldo's during Restaurant Week, in part because it's one of the highly rated restaurants in Baltimore. I ended up being rather disappointed. My tuna appetizer was very good, but none of the entree's we got were great, and the chicken entree ended up being completely uninteresting. What made this even more disappointing was the service was slow. Considering the price, even the reduced price of a Restaurant Week menu, I would not recommend Aldo's to anyone."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food was amazing! We started with the tuna appetizer and the eggplant parm, both were delicious. The tuna was on a flaky "biscuit" with a drizzled sauce on top. I have never had eggplant parm before but I am pretty sure I am now spoiled and will always compare each time I have this item to the one I had at Aldo's. The main course was the cod and flank steak. Both were excellent and I loved the potatoes the steak cam with. The dessert was amazing! I am still thinking about it a week later. It was a blueberry "cheesecake." When I saw that there was no chocolate option on the restaurant week menu I was disappointed and just knew I was not going to enjoy this part of the meal. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wanting more."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This restaurant was very cold ( temperature ). Should not have been on restaurant week. Very poor menu. One of the desserts was nothing bur a smear on the plate!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have eaten at Aldo's in the past and always found it to be a positive experience. Unfortunately, this past Saturday evening, the waiter brought us at least one wrong appetizer, main course AND dessert. He kindly brought out four Limoncello drinks after our meal, but we were a little surprised (and disappointed) at the level of service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our experience during restaurant week made us fans of Aldo's. We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "we had never been to Aldos before but we will definitely be back. Restaurant week brought us out!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "for having the reputation of having such a great wine list, it was not good that they were out of the 1st two we ordered,"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Aldo's continues to remain one of Baltimore's five premier restaurants.Two years ago, it was the situs of a dinner of the Baltimore chapter of the International Wine and Food Society. Members who attended continue to remark upon the superb dinner they enjoyed . Over the years,Aldo's has maintained consistently high standards with regard to every aspect of the dining experience. The two young brothers owing the restaurant -- of which one is the chef-- have evidently inculcated their high standards into several younger family members who are involved in the operation. The staff has being rigorously trained in competence,knowledge of menu, and the importance of courteous and dignified service."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We really loved the restaurant and the service. Food was fantastic and it's a great place for any romantic special event. One minor hiccup. Their air conditioning for the second floor failed which is where we planned to have dinner. Aldo's called me and explained the issue also offering to not seat anyone around us so we had the privacy we wanted. Would absolutely recommend this restaurant to our friends and family. ***Note: I used the the site recommended by opentable www.limos.com to have a car service pick us up for the evening. The driver called me exactly at the pick up time to tell me he was running 30 mins late. We were late for our reservation. I will not use www.limos.com or the car service NTW limos @ www.nwtlimo.com ever again."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Visiting from Dallas, Texas, but with a truly authentic Italian mother. Therefore, I am somewhat of an expert on Italian food, and trust me, this is EXCELLENT Italian food! I had the fried calamari, a wonderful field greens salad, and the pasta with Bolognese. Wow! All delicious and with wonderful, friendly service. Don't walk, RUN to this restaurant! You will not regret it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The layout could be improved for those romantic evenings by including some of the two persons tables in the same area as the larger tables as it would be a more comfortable and private location. Service seemed more about the waiter than that of the customer. Food was adequate .. lacked imagination and variety. Cod was served on a bed of risotto and was boring in presentation and just about eatable. Clearly this restaurant is surviving on its past reputation...wake up before its too late"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The service was excelent, the booking through the internet perfect and the hospitality given outstanding. We had at every moment a very comfortable stay and enjoyed the very good serving and table standard. The Staff was focused on detail and adressed our wishes with great friendlyness. The food however was Ok but not as good as expected and described. The pasta was well overkocked and killed the probably good taste of the sauce. The startes were very good. We will come again, try other dishes and see if they meet our experiance with other Italian Restaurants. by the way we lived 5years in Bologna Italy. Hard to compeet with this."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My fiance and I felt as though we were transported to Italy this past Friday night when we dined at Aldo's. It is a very romantic and intimate setting. We enjoyed the food; shrimp over bruschetta was fantastic - melts in your mouth. The server was very responsive."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The staff is always helpful and courteous. I chose my entree after seeing what Aldo was having for dinner and decided to have what he was having."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "For many years my go to place in Little Italy was Rooco's, which closed about a year ago. Since then I have been to several places but none could match the quality of the food and variety of the menu. Although higher priced, the food is excellent. I may not be able to afford the frequency as the old days, but when I eat at Aldo's, it is memorable."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Sadly, my first visit to Aldo's since a successful office holiday party was a disappointment. Already top end prices have been jacked up 20% which is bad enough but to combine this increase with a move to all a la carte entrees? After all these years management decides to sneak in the changes with selective deletions? Forever, the osso buco comes with asparagus & risotto. Now, at $38 no risotto. Really? Service & ingredients are still top notch but quality control is slipping. Bolognese pasta & flourless chocolate cake were excellent, but the vibe now is more stick it to the customer than a total focus on flawless food and service. What a shame. I wish Aldo's continued success but have my doubts and do not plan to return anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We ate at Aldo's after finding it online. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious! We were so excited to find such a gem in Baltimore!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We are never disappointed at Aldo's!!!! Great food, great service, great evening!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I've was there a few years ago & just came back over this past weekend & found that the food was still terrific & the service was exceptional..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was craving Italian food and came across Aldo's and decided to try it out. I didn't know what to expect when I chose it; however I was very please with the restaurant. The food was delicious and the services was great. My friend and I received a tour of their wine cellar which was quite nice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and will return whenever I am back in the area."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We loved the homemade pastas and highly recommend the trio option--the pappardelle with the meat sauce and the lobster fettuccine were amazing! We also ordered a petite fillet with Gorgonzola polenta to share--also an incredible dish. Their homemade limoncello is the perfect finisher."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Last night we went to Aldo's and it almost ruined our entire vacation. We were seated and poured water, we order drinks, appetizers, salad and and dinner right away. We waited and hour and received nothing but bread and a glass of wine. Finally they plopped down our salads after 1 hour/15 min so we asked the waiter where were our appetizers? His statement was" I guess I was confused" WHAT? - shouldn't we have gotten our appetizers long ago, like before the salad? He said " I don't know" - we cancelled them- he made no apologies, we heard nothing from the manager.. 2 hours in the entrees were finally served - we ate and left - It is sad when such a great restaurant can have such a disconnect - we will not be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We dined at Aldo's on July 5th and a a spectacular meal. The caprese salad was amazing - the freshest tomatoes I've had all summer, with the right amount of basil and drizzled oil. The spaghetti carbonara is highly recommended, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Would definitely go back and have already recommended that friends and family try Aldo's next time they're in Baltimore."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I was in charge of selecting the location for our anniversary dinner on a weekend trip to Baltimore, MD. From the moment we entered the restaurant I knew I had made a fantastic choice. The wine list is superb and the menu was excellent. We started our meal with an Eggplant and Mozzarella Appetizer made with the freshest ingredients. Next chubby selected a small pasta plate, again excellent and I had a salad with the freshest tomatoes I've had in a long time! Our entrees were superb! Hubby had Bronzini and I had the Surf and Turf (lump crab cake). Finally as a celebration thank you, our waiter delivered Limoncello's and the best Tiramisu I've had in quite a while. Looking for a fabulous dining experience, add Aldo's to your list!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fabulous food and service that was second to none!!! I've eaten in many establishments in little Italy and Aldo's definitely is the best"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wide menu selection,good food, generouse portions, good service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service was top notch. We couldn't have asked for a better evening."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is my favorite Baltimore restaurant, great food, wine and service plus they have their own limousine service that picks up and returns groups to their hotel. They Italian cuisine is superb as is the Baltimore crab cakes."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Ask for Slava to be your waiter. He was born in Russia, but raised here. He has just a slight accent, is very handsome, and gives impeccable service. The food was not your typical Italian fare, but there were still old favorites on the menu. I had pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, and it was very good. The restaurant itself is small, but not too small and beautiful inside (no red-checked table cloths and wine-bottle candle holders at this place). Prices were high, but not astronomical, and worth it."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Celebrating Father's Day in a spectacular fashion, with excellent food, attentive service and an overall experience that causes us to come back as often as we can and to recommend Aldo's to all our friends."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This use to be my favorite Little Italy restaurant and one of my favorite Baltimore restaurants, but this last visit was very disappointing. Smaller portions, higher prices, and mediocre food. A branzino special was a tiny piece of fish with no accompaniments (no risotto, no vegetable, nothing) for $33. I'm not a fan of oversized portions, but this was ridiculous. Even the waitstaff was unimpressive -- not like the experienced staff I'm used to at Aldo's. I don't know what has happened, but Aldo's is not the same."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Have been for dinner twice now, a month apart. Both times we have been blown away by authenticity of food and superb service. Was a bit loud on this past Saturday night due to large group of 35, which waitstaff apologized for and said it was atypical for a Saturday. We look forward to our next visit. Have only started to make way thru menu but highly recommend the calamari, wild mushroom risotto, bolagnase, all salads, Bronzino. Highly recommend the starter portions!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014