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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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Great food and service. Have been there before and can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I visited Baltimore this past weekend, and Aldo's was recommended to me by a friend. I was told to request the 'Romeo and Juliet' table. The table was secluded at the top of a balcony which overlooked a very scenic restaurant, and was beautifully lit by a sky window above. Our server was very friendly and the service was fast, but by no means rushed. The food itself was absolutely delicious, and the two of us can both agree that Aldo's is the best restaurant we've ever had the pleasure of dining at."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Came in after a horrific experience at a restaurant a few blocks away and Aldo's never fails. Osobuco is fantastic! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great Italian which is a big compliment from a picky Italian "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Hands down the most mediocre meal we have ever had at an Italian restaurant in DC or Baltimore. We went in expecting much better for all the positive comments/reviews on the website and were thoroughly disappointed. The food was warm to almost cold, desserts tasted freezer burned, coffee tasted like powdered Nescafe (cappuccino didn’t even have foam) , service was slow, valet parking price was listed incorrectly on the website….. Restaurant was also showing signs of wear and tear. The Bellinis were good (the highlight, actually), but!! they are something I can make at home so no reason to go and spend $$$$. Aldo was in the restaurant that night so we were even more confused about the poor quality overall of our meal. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Though the Service was good, and the wine list was excellent, the food itself, and presentation of same, was very substandard. A disappointment, especially since the meal was a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Read some glowing reviews (Baltimore Mag and online). Started off with antipasta of the fried eggplant which was superb with the bottle of tasty Sicilian wine. Looked forward to the pasta next and chose the rabe and sausage next (reviewer raved). No real taste or distinction and the rabe was chopped so fine it could have been broccoli stalks. For the main course, we chose veal. I had the saltimbocca, which again suffered from lack of taste (except for an overabundance of sage!) and it was smothered with cheese, so it was mystery what lay beneath. Finished with a dolci...looked good but was not top shelf. Aldo's suffers from comparison to Alberto's in Glen Burnie (closed now)...in almost every way!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We have lived in Bmore for over 10 years, and this is our first time here (!). We had a large party, including 3 kids. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Not sure they were overly thrilled about the kids, but the kids were extremely well behaved. Will return (without kids). Looking forward to getting to know this restaurant more."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The caprese salad, shrimp app, linguine w/ clams & Osso Buco was perfect! The veal saltimbocca & pasta bolognese were bland & my creme brulee was completely runny. I would expect at an establishment of this caliber the dish wouldn't have been sent out in that state. For how expensive the meal was, I wouldn't expect near half of the dishes to be less than satisfactory. Since we appear young, our waiter didn't take us seriously. When ordering wine he only mentioned the "By the glass" page, & when we ordered a bottle seemed very surprised, then didn't bring an ice bucket until we had to ask half way through the meal. On the plus side, we were brought a complimentary shot of house made limoncello which was delicious & the ambience was perfect"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Aldo's Italian is a superior dining experience in the heart of Little Italy in downtown Baltimore. Food was excellent...from the Bronzini to the File Minon, we all enjoyed everything we had. The only issue was the service was a bit spotty for such a high end restaurant and its quite pricey. Definitely a special occasion restaurant, one that I would highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We ate at Aldo's strictly from the google search we did on restaurants in Little Italy. We were in town for the Preakness. While we waited for our table we overheard 2 couples talking, one was celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary and the other had their rehearsal dinner there before their wedding, 10 years ago…I knew we were in the right place. We were seated on the 2nd level overlooking the downstairs, next to the restrooms, and doorway to the other room, I would have preferred another table, but the service was good, very polite and professional and food was good."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Terrific food in a very nice setting. Homemade pasta - just good food all around which is the main point in my mind of going to a nice restaurant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Recent hosted a dinner at Aldos for a special event. The food quality was excellent as expected for a top 50 restaurant. The ambience was also terrific. The experience though was tarnished by the lack of quality service. The service was inconsistent and rather unimpressive."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • " Aldo's came recommended. food was terrific, and service was outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We, my wife, daughter, me all really enjoyed our experience at Aldo's. The food was excellent as well as the service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been to Aldo's twice now for special occasions. Great ambiance & a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were there a couple of weeks ago with friends for dinner. An outstanding experience! From the service to the food, the quality and excellence was evident everywhere. We had the sea bass, the calamari, a couple of salads, and tagliatelle. The sauce was absolutely fabulous! We cannot wait until we go back again."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had a great time and meal for our anniversary. The service staff was wonderful. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014