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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Aldo's reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)romantic (81)fit for foodies (50)notable wine list (49)neighborhood gem (47)good for groups (14)hot spot (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    • Food
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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 !
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A good local restaurant. Food was very good and server was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    roxy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I enjoyed the food very much. The waiter was great. Even though we were the last to be seated in our section but we got our food first. Overall amazing place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    Truffle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good menu but mediocre service. Wait staff was not attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    Shannon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner. The pasta was perfection. Very nice atmosphere. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Reliable
    Rosemary
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    loved the Bellinis, lovely setting, great pastas (tried the Bolognese and the Carbonara), great panzanella salad
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was wonderful
    Mycyn
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    wait staff knew the menu well and were able to very eloquently describe items and make recommendations
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining
    KarenKVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is a beautiful classic Italian restaurant. The service and the food were impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Always Great
    Mike
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Aldo's is where I go for the "special" evenings and they never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MRT6
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    TenoreMagnifico
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    TopGun
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely eating here again
    Kate
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastico!
    outnabout
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Over-priced good Italian
    css1VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    TDD21
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • restuarant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our experience during restaurant week made us fans of Aldo's. We would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    we had never been to Aldos before but we will definitely be back. Restaurant week brought us out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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,
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Peripatetic58
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 7th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful!
    Billy525VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Living on reputation
    Boston007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate