My brother and I meet in the area of the BWI airport several times each year when he's there at a conference or hosting an event in the DC area. I drive down from York, PA. We had been having dinner in crummy hotel restaurants. So, we decided to bump it up a few notches, drive a little further from the hotel and try Arturo's Trattoria. It was a great experience.
While the restaurant is located in a strip mall and there's nothing special about it from the outside, once you are inside, you are in for a fine dining treat. It looks like a nice European restaurant, arched entrance-ways between rooms, artfully decorated walls. The maitre' d was formal and classy, European-style. The servers were personable, pleasant, and attentive at the right level. While the place was hopping, the noise-level was low and it was well organized.
We had an appetizer of grilled calamari, which we thought was going to be batter fried. Instead, the server said they were running out of calamari, would we mind scallops and shrimp mixed in? We said ok. When they brought it, it was seared in olive oil, not batter, perfectly tender and really tasty.
My brother and I both had pasta dishes, mine with a red sauce his with white. Both were excellent, with fresh pasta of course. I also had an insalata mista which had really fresh greens and a tasty delicate olive-oil dressing.
We worked our way through the main course, which was amply portioned. The staff always kept our water glasses full, but were unobtrusive. We shared a lemon tart desert, which was also excellent in both its pastry and the tart portion. I had a limoncella (which was the only thing that was a little off, not sweet enough to my taste) and a cappucino, which was perfect.
What a great experience. We are sure to be back the next time my brother visits in the summer.
Excellent food and service! A hidden gem within a strip mall. I can’t wait to return!
The St. Patrick's Day special menu was yet another home run. It amazes me how a restaurant noted for fine Northern Italian cuisine could pull off traditional Irish and Irish-American dishes with such aplomb. Four of us enjoyed several appetizers, entrees, and desserts and not a single one disappointed. Bravo!
We always have a great meal and great service here.
First visit, most positive experience. So pleased that we made another reservation for a birthday celebration in 2 weeks!
Not bad but could be better value high price small portion,nothing spectacular.
This is the second time that I went to Arturo's. The first time, the calamari was chewy. This time I ordered a lobster pasta dish which was supposed to come with a rose sauce. It came with an overpowering red sauce; the sauce totally destroyed the dish. This is two strikes against Arturo's. I might be willing to give it a third chance, but I'm not sure.
Appetizer was great
Veal parmigiana great
veal chop milanese was terrible, which was a shame because it was very expensive
The atmosphere was very nicely done. From inside, it would be hard to imagine this restaurant was at the end of a strip center. We were seated and asked if we would prefer bottled or tap water. Our waiter was very nice. The food was delicious. We had caprese salad, grilled calamari, veal parmigana and veal piccata. The portions were small and the prices were high. Everything was made from scratch and presented beautifully. The piccata had no lemon flavor and was full of butter, which I have never experienced before. The veal itself was still delicious and tender. The only reason I would not recommend this establishment is because the location is inconvenient, and the prices are way too high.
The food was great. You get less than you would at other more expensive Italian restaurants, but that may be because they use better quality ingredients. Service was a bit slow, but that might be the "fine dining experience" that I'm not accustomed to. I would return for a special occasion, but prepare myself to spend over an hour and a half there.
The food was spectacular, as was the service. Dinner took 2 hours, which is what it should be. My party never felt rushed and never felt like we were waiting for service. Outstanding experience.
Always a great meal here. Pricey but usually worth it. It would be nice to have a small serving of pasta for a reasonable price when ordering entrees
Overall our experience was great. The major reason for a rating of 4 was due to the small table at which we were placed, it was a bit cramped with water glass, cocktails, bread basket and the entrée dishes that followed.
Food was excellent, and service was also very good. We will return again.
We were celebrating our 2nd anniversary with a newborn. The staff went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. The food was amazing, the service was impressive and we really felt celebrated! Can’t wait to go back! Would give them more than 5 stars if I could!
Food here is consistently great. Never a bad meal here, pasta is excellent.
Great food! Would definitely go back!!
Consistently great food, ambience and service. Even when the restaurant is busy it is relaxing and you can hear the conversation at your table! So happy we have found this terrific dining spot!
As always, the evening was great.
Celebrating my wifes birthday, they went above and beyond all my hopes and expectations.
Always fantastic food and personalized service
Lunch at Arturo’s Trattoria is a bargain. The food is excellent. The restaurant is quiet and a great place for business.
We always have a great meal here - the food is superb and the service is just right. It is nice to receive a list of the weekly specials too. This is a treasure of a restaurant!
I cannot say enough good about Arturo's. Some of the best Italian food in the city of Baltimore, including little Italy. The kitchen the and the wait staff excell art their craft. Thank you for another wonderful meal!
Best restaurant in Anne Arundel County/Baltimore area - great service by Greg and Adonis, great bar tendering with Amber, great atmosphere and most of all best food by Chef Francisco - on overall wonderful dining experience.
We have been several times. Never disappointed! Great menu and execution
Great Italian cuisine! Nick the owner is great. By far the best Italian food (even better than the food I had in Rome)
Excellent wait Staff, Excellent Service and Excellent Food. Fish dishes cannot be beat. Appetizers are all excellent as are the desserts.
Our waiter was the best. Made excellent recommendations and controlled the flow of service in a seamless and unobtrusive manner. I could probably remember his name if it wasn't for all the amazing food. Perfect portions for such a special occasion so that you could still enjoy all courses including dessert. Highly recommend Arturo's!
Owner and his staff were fabulous. Special Valentines Day menu included Octopus, Shrimp, and scallops appetizer. Chesapeake baked oysters stuffed with lobster in a Bernaise sauce was a wonderful taste sensation!! We will be returning to Arturo’s again and will highly recommend it to our friends and families.
Arturo's is truly fantastic. The food was exquisite, the service impeccable, the ambiance perfect. Finding a really good Italian restaurant in this region is difficult to say the least. Arturo's is without a peer in this area. Trust me, I grew up on napoliatano cuisine in Brooklyn, NY, and Arturo's passes muster!
Great flow to the pre-fix we had on Valentines’ Day. Having special cocktails for the evening was such a complete touch, and they are constructed perfectly. I need to go to Arturo’s more often. It is definitely a place to not miss.
Dinner was outstanding! The lobster ravioli was the best We have ever had. Everything is homemade and the service was as perfect as the meal. Our waiter, Adonis was extremely attentive. We will definitely be returning!
I had heard so many amazing things about Arturo's. I have lived in the area for years, and tried to make reservations in the past, and they were always booked solid. I made my reservation weeks in advance for the weekend 'before' Valentines Day. I used to wait tables, and it can be overwhelming on these types of nights, the restaurant is full- and the staff is in the weeds. Never the less, the night we were there every table in the house was seated. To my surprise, the service was excellent, the bottle of wine was delicious, and let just say, the the food was amazing! Already thinking about my next visit!! Thank you!!
Always a good place to go for fine dinning. A gem in the rough
It was the best dining experience ever. My son, a chef in OBX, and I were so impressed with the food quality & attention to details on the on every item we experienced. Just the right balance on the seasonings & fresh ingredients. Besides the fact that the restaurant is 3 miles from my home, the level of professionalism & atmosphere reminds me of going to someone’s home for a meal. That feeling of love and appreciation for sharing is abundant.
Great food! Great service. The Chilean Sea Bass was SO good. As was the lobster ravioli. Will definitely be back!
Great little spot in a strip center. Food was Amazing and Staff was awesome.
Still the finest restaurant in the county, and one of the finest in Maryland. Arturo's outshines any Baltimore Italian restaurant, hands down.
Arturo's and Chef Francisco continue to serve great meals in a lovely atmosphere. They do especially well with seafood and the pasta dishes are outstanding. It's the best restaurant in the Baltimore/Anne Arundel County
The menu is always exciting and different and there really are no bad choices. There home made pasta is a favorite but for this trip I went with a lamb special that was described and executed perfectly. My wife had duck (one of her perennial favorites). We don't eat here often enough but we are never disappointed when we do.