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For over 20 years, Aldo’s has been Baltimore’s most celebrated Italian restaurant. As John Mariani (Esquire Mag) wrote: “This is clearly a labor of familial love, and it shows in every dish." ...From Zagat Survey: “Splendid, old-world Italian cuisine is served with class by tuxedoed waiters at this venerable Little Italy gem that's worth all the hype (and the liras) thanks to chefs-owners Aldo and Sergio Vitale, who make you feel Italian; a light-filled atrium is the centerpiece of the serene, elegant dining room, which many deem the perfect place to entertain clients, take a romantic date or just spoil yourself.”
"An Italian Masterpiece" (NY Times)
Baltimore Best Restaurants (since 1998)
"Best Private Dining" (The Baltimore Sun)
"Baltimore's Best Private Dining Rooms" (Baltimore Magazine)
www.aldositaly.com. Business Casual Attire Welcomed
Baltimore, MD 21202
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Serving dinner nightly from 5 PM. Last seatings: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 PM; Friday & Saturday, 10:30 PM; Sunday, 8:30 PM.
$31 to $50
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Valet parking is offered, available at $10 (higher on holidays). The Baltimore City-owned "Little Italy Parking Garage" is located at 400 S. Central Avenue (http://goo.gl/nwG6pc), approximately 1 block from Aldo's. Street parking available: 3-hour time limit, strictly enforced.
Aldo Vitale & Sergio Vitale
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Aldo's Ratings and Reviews
There were six of us in our party. It gave us the opportunity to taste a lot of different items. Yes, we ate off of each other’s plates! The food was spectacular. The service was fantastic. The entire dining experience exceeded our expectation. Tends to be a little pricey but the food & experience are worth it. Will definitely return!
The food was exceptional. We had soup, three types of salad, several pastas, steak, fish, chicken, desserts... the whole food pyramid! We were not rushed at all. We were waiting on a friend who was running quite late. We ordered appetizers and relaxed until he arrived. It says a lot for waitstaff to not rush to turn a table over. It is pricey but we all enjoyed our evening.
Everything was outstanding the night the four of us went post theater: the service, ambience and the food. One of our members needed a gluten free diet, another one a vegan diet. Each was able to be accommodated easily. Each of our choices were excellent so it's difficult to recommend a particular dish. I've been here before and found both the food and service consistently outstanding. Highly recommend Aldo's.
David and Danny provided excellent service, and the food was exceptional as always. The wine's are over priced like everywhere else but the food & service makes up for it. The ambience is always cozy and it is always a good place to get together for dates night or with friends.
I took my girlfriend out to Aldo's for an early New Years Eve dinner. Overall it was a wonderful meal and we both enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, although a few aspects of the evening left a little to be desired.
We started with a couple of salads for the first course. Was the first time I had real Caesar dressing made with anchovies, the difference is night and day.
Next was the fresh pasta course. My favorite part of the night. The orecchiete with the sausage was to die for.
For the entrees, a perfectly cooked filet over a delicious creamy polenta, and osso buco over parm risotto. The Osso buco was a little light on flavor, but it was super tender, and the risotto was awesome.
Finally dessert. I'm not real big on sweets, but it was probably the best tiramisu I've had. Ladyfingers soaked perfectly, great coffee and rum flavor; just needed a touch more custard.
Service was good. Our waiter was excellent, attentive without being overbearing, and answered all our questions. Ambiance was great, nice low level of noise, and on the second floor it looks like you're overlooking a courtyard.
Overall, a very very nice meal. I just didn't think the 4-course NYE special menu was worth it. It was $100 per person and no option for the standard menu, which I would have preferred (We did ask, and were told that the prefix was the menu for the night). I personally don't need a starter salad and dessert. It included a champagne toast, but all other drinks were extra. With two drinks apiece, the bill ended up being $350 for two people (!!!).
But I would recommend this place, and I would love to come back here again! Just not for holidays.
We went Christmas Eve. Our bill, for 4 people was $750. One would expect exceptional service and meal for that price:
-They only had one bar tender so getting a drink before the table was ready was impossible
-Our seating was 30 minutes after our reservation. We were seated in the basement (wine cellar) and the service was slow at best.
- The menu was not as I remembered. I struggled to find something I wanted to eat! Fish entrees had cream sauces and were unhealthy.
-My husbands pasta arrived COLD but he did not send it back because it took so much time for us to just get the first course.
Lessons learned: do not book for an occasion OR HOLIDAY; do not be seated in the basement; send back the food if it is cold and preview the menu before visiting the restaurant.
I truly felt like this was the biggest waste of money on any meal and we eat at nice restaurants often. The steps, restroom availability is poor as well. I rarely write a negative review but had to in this case.
The worst meal I have eaten in Baltimore. Inedible food..bad calamari, pasta that was mush, clams from a can and a crab cake that had cartilidge in each bite. Awful service and a very steep tab. They are resting on their supposed laurels, but do your self a favor and don't go here. Truly awful experience.
The food was terrible. We went on Christmas Eve. The calamari was terrible. The fish was over cooked, rubbery and unseasoned. Hey charged $69 for the four bad courses, but two of the four entrees added an $8 supplement.
It was just terrible food. There were many other problems, including a pompous waiter. We sent pretty much everything back and told him items were bad, but they never offered a different dish. They comped us the food (minus the $16 in supplements and th cocktails). I actually doubled the bill as a courtesy, but regret it now. I was glad to see two other reviews saying that the Christmas Eve dinner was horrible.
Does the chef taste the food? I never had a crappy meal like this.
I was blown away by the homemade pastas (the linguini and clams was possibly one of the best I’ve ever had). The salads were also great-everything is homemade. The waiter was top notch and I would definitely recommend Aldo’s if you’re looking for solid Italian food in Little Italy!
Aldo's always has the most amazing food. The mushroom risotto here is to die for and the burrata is heavenly. My husband says the veal is the best in the city and I love the surf and turf. Great Italian food. There is nothing as good as Aldo's in Baltimore!
Aldo's is amazing! The ambiance, food and service were spectacular. I especially liked the fact that they source humanely raised meats. We even were served homemade limoncello that was to die for. I would definitely eat at Aldo's next time I am in Baltimore.
Aldo's is the best and I have been to a lot of restaurants through the Baltimore area. I cannot find anything wrong with meal or service. You owe it to yourself to go and have a truly Italian meal prepared with the finest ingredients. Also, drink orders are prepared to perfection.
Wonderful as usual, but I think you should take another look at the recipe for the escargot appetizer, which was not very tasty. In fact, we put in for 3 orders for our table of 6 and none of us liked the way it was prepared. This is coming from all of us who have had it elsewhere and were thrilled to see it on the menu. Just a thought.
The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was just wonderful. Not crowded even at 8 on a Friday night and it was lively without being loud... and very romantic. And the place is very reasonably priced — especially for the setting. We had two appetizers ( escargot and shrimp scampi), a 1/2 entree of rigatoni and vodka sauce, a full entree of another Italian sausage pasta dish plus two espressos and a bottle of wine. Though I admit I didn’t care for my entree it was a matter of taste — i tried something new (orecchiette pasta broccoli rabe and Italian sausage) and just didn’t care for it — the experience, service, and preparation all seemed fantatsic. My date and I had a lovely evening. My only gripe is the price of the wine. The single bottle of Chianti was as much as the entire rest of our meal and it was the least expensive Chianti they served at $70/ bottle, $14/glass. And it was a bit too dry for my taste, to boot. I can only guess that they serve the food at cost and make profit off of wine. I would prefer to have paid a little more for the food and been able to enjoy a reasonably priced house Chianti. Italian restaurants are literally the only place that I ever drink wine and then it’s only Chianti.
That said: I wouldn’t hesitate to go there again I just think I’ll save the drinking for the previous or next stop on the date that evening. Very highly recommended!
We arrived at 7:30 PM. Served at 8:45 following several inquiries as related to the status of our orders.
Food was good & hot. Our bill was Excessive (my Bronzino - $42.00, 2 glasses of wine $28.00 for example).
It had been years since we had been here, and who knows if /when we will return.
Not happy GG
My dad started coming to Aldo’s many years ago during business trips to town. Fast forward and for the last 7 years I lived in Baltimore for work and my weekly dinner regiment includes Aldo’s. Everything is quite literally perfect. From the food to the staff to the decor to the valet parking each night. Outstanding choice and one that delivers perfection over and over again. I highly recommend Aldo’s in Baltimore’s Little Italy and will continue to dine with them for the foreseeable future! If I could give six stars, I would! I believe they’re also the only restaurant that’s accessible which is just another reason they’re so amazing!
We went for my wife's birthday dinner and we were a bit disappointed. My wife had a caesar salad and the fettuccine, sous-vide petite Maine lobster tail: she said it was very good but did not rave about it. I had the eggplant parmigiano appetizer, the shrimp bisque, and the 8 oz prime filet with roasted Bermuda Onions and creamy gorgonzola polenta. The eggplant was excellent and the bisque tasted scorched. The steak was average at best and I have a hard time believing it was grade Prime. The service was good initially with the waiter being very attentive but as more people arrived it seemed as if he forgot about us on occasion. We ordered lattes and desert after our main course. After several minutes the lattes were delivered- luke- warm as if they had been sitting and forgotten. The desert arrived at least 15 minutes after the lattes. At these prices, there are many very good options and I cannot recommend Aldo's.
The service: Top notch!
The location: Awesome!
The food: overall it was good, but not great, due to hit & miss dishes. The escargot was bland, the mushroom rissoto was excellent, the linguini & clams was excellent (favorite dish of the night), the fish special was really good, the lobster rissoto was tomato based & pretty bad (we left almost all of it on the plate), the chicken marsala was so so because some pieces of the chicken were overcooked but the sauce was good.
Adored it. Every dish was just thought out so well. Linguine and clams are my go-to test of an Italian place, because it's so easy to get right or wrong, and this was the best version I've ever had. Like ever. The clams were shelled and fresh and there were like 50 of them. The garlic looked like it was gently slivered by fairies with OCD. They had rose in November and didn't even give me a side eye for ordering a glass. My companion's bolognese was terrifically on point. The vinaigrette for the salad had just the right kiss of allium. The bread was so perfectly toothsome. They even had Frangelico at the bar. They don't have a kids' menu, but tolerate kids, which is as it should be. If you're old enough to go here, you're old enough to eat real food.
So happy OpenTable helped me discover this place!
As aways our request for a particular table was honored. We had a wonderful meal. There was only one criticism of the evening and thar.at came at the end of the meal when we ordered coffee and a drink. There was a very long wait and then the expresso had neither a lemon peel nor sugar. Certainly a minor complaint and it could have been easily rectified. parking is always a problem and the charge of $10 is a bit high, with the expectation of a tip as well. That is not a charge by the restaurant however (I assume). Minor flaws in the otherwise perfect evening.
I had found this restaurant on Trip Advisor when I was looking for a good Italian restaurant on a visit to Baltimore with my girlfriend. It was a wonderful find. Nestled in among other restaurants in the Little Italy section of Baltimore, this place was wonderful. Promptly seated on the side dining room on the lower level we asked to have our seats moved because it was a bit warm and a bit noisy and by good fortune they moved up upstairs along the balcony. You would expect the upstairs to be noisier and warmer, but that was not the case. We ended up with a nice and quiet dinner for two. And the food was excellent. My girlfriend and I split the Caesar salad to start (she likes anchovies, I don't and they split it in the kitchen) and it was very good and very fresh. We then shared one of the small plate pastas as an appetizer (Orecchiette Pasta with sausage) and it was spectacular. My girlfriend had the Branzino in a lemon sauce and I had the Veal Franchese which was spectacular with a very large portion. For dessert we shared the crème brulee. All in all an spectacular meal. If I have one thing that I would ask them to change, though they have an extensive wine list, they have a very limited wine by the glass selection. With my girlfriend liking white wine and I red, this presented a bit of a problem. How nice it would have been to have had a Super Tuscan or Barrasso to choose from .
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