About AGGIO - Baltimore
Bryan Voltaggio, the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Volt and Family Meal in his hometown of Frederick, and Range in Washington, opens his first restaurant in Baltimore.
Contemporary Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5-10 pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am - 3 pm
$30 and under
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Valet parking is available for $10 (cash only)
Guests are offered $7 parking validation at Harbor Park Garage,
AGGIO - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews
We made reservations on Open Table, my s ...
We made reservations on Open Table, my son's girlfriend had heard of the Chef. It surpassed our expectations. We all did the fixed menu, which offered options in Three categories, plus you could add a pasta dish. Portions were large and delicious. My son got the house special, squid ink pasta, he was in heaven. We also paired our dinner with the wines, each one was spectacular and the sommelier was incredible!!! Highly recommend!!! Within walking distance of Inner Harbor.
Great restaurant, but.....: This is a b ...
Great restaurant, but.....:
This is a beautiful restaurant, maybe a bit dark, but it's nice. The food is everything I expected from a Voltaggio--every bite was awesome. I think the only criticism of the meal was the home made cream soda my father had--it was the only thing not liked. Otherewise, it's rare to say everyone liked everything, but here it was true. The cost of the price fixed meal was more than fair and tasted great. Fusilli, Tonarelli Nero, Lamb lasagna was amazing. Caesar salad with Kale, tomatoes with buratta, and the gazpacho--all 1st class. Lambchops, chicken cacciatore, and the branzino were so good as were the desserts. Seriously---everything on the menu, top to bottom was fantastic.
My down vote is that the meal for 4 took over 2.5hrs. This wa the fixed price meal, and with 3 ala carte pastas. The manager came out and gave us a "peace offering" from the chef, which was meatballs and more bread. They apologized that there was a party of 40 upstairs that set the kitchen back, and they were just catching up. For a place this popular and this big, I found it incredulous that they couldn't handle a crowd on a saturday night, as if they were a rookie restaurant. The servers were nice and polite, AND HONEST, I will give them that, but twice the waiter forgot our drinks, and he came back and said that our dessert order was LOST, so we had to give it again. Honest thanks--professional, no.
I wouldn't say I was MAD at my meal or server, but I was just disappointed. It may just have been a lousy night for everyone, maybe the chef had a bad day, and I will reiterate that the food was AWESOME, but I just had a disappointed feeling when I left. I WILL go back b/c the food is so delicious and everyone deserves a 2nd chance in business, and I do recommend it to everyone. Just hope that the kitchen has their act together that night.
The food was absolutely amazing. The ser ...
The food was absolutely amazing. The service was wonderful. Chris Coker, the sommelier, was such a bonus. He was so knowledgable and went out of his way to educate us on the wines available as well as he paired them perfectly with our meal.
Our only draw back was the lack of private seating. We had a couple seated next to us about midway through our meal. The man was obviously hard of hearing so he spoke very loudly and his date had to speak equally as loud so he could hear her. Didn't care for that type of seating. Prefer a table or booth.
No complaints other than that AT ALL!
It was our first time to visit the resturant but if we return to Baltimore, it will be top of our list to return again.
The food and service were great. I had p ...
The food and service were great. I had put in my open table comment that it was a birthday dinner and nice dessert was sent out. I would have liked to have been seated in the back with the linen table cloths. I had not been here before and didn't know that was something I would need to request. I would recommend to others for the food everything we had was excellent.
My wife and I were in Baltimore for the ...
My wife and I were in Baltimore for the weekend and wanted to find a nice restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere complemented by great food and wine options. After doing a bit of on-line research we settled on Aggio. We both opted for the tasting menu with the wine pairings - good food, good wine and a really nice evening.
I started with the scallops which were p ...
I started with the scallops which were prepared with citrus and chile, then moved to the corn and goat cheese agnolotti. Both were excellent. The agnolotti was light and delicious. I'd love it as an entree. For my main course, I had the aged rib eye, which was perfect. I also was able to taste the garganelli and the charred eggplant. I loved the garganelli but the eggplant was a little bit sweet for my taste.
Everyone at the table tried different cocktails which were fun and delicious. The sommelier recommended a fantastic red which I am hoping to buy for home.
Fantastic meal. Great service.
Despite the favorable reviews I was conc ...
Despite the favorable reviews I was concerned that Aggio would be a disappointment based on its location. High quality dining is not typically found in tourist areas and Aggio is located one block off the harbor in the Marketplace. I'm glad I took a chance.
The website needs some work as there is no mention of the valet parking or the pre fixe menu option. We took advantage of both. The yellow gazpacho was delicious as was the Caesar salad with fried oysters. The angliotti with corn and goat cheese was delicious- savory and sweet from the corn. The scallops were beautifully crusted and the halibut with smoked tomatoes was amazing. The fennel panna cotta with raspberry sherbet was an amazing flavor combination.
The success of the savory Parmesan funnel cake is well documented and did not disappoint. Our server, Elizabeth was spot on and we were well cared for by the entire staff.
The 80's Rock playing in the background was not romantic, but I don't think that's what Voltaggio is striving for in Aggio.
Locals- it's worth a hassle of the Inner Harbor to dine at Aggio's.
Honestly the food and service was amazin ...
Honestly the food and service was amazing. What was truly horrifying after such an amazing meal was the bathroom experience. The men's had a huge fist sized hole in the wall above the urinal and a broke light fixture overhead with wires hanging down as well as a broke stall door. The women's, I was told, had no working flushing toilets. These bathrooms seem fit for a dive bar, not a high end restaurant. Please please look into renovating these restrooms. They are so unbelievably unpleasant that they will keep me from returning or recommending the restaurant, despite some of the best food and quality service in the city.
The food was mediocre at best with some ...
The food was mediocre at best with some odd combinations and very tough meat in particular. We chose the Prixe Fixe menu and found the first course to be by far the best with the rest very disappointing. The water served to us initially was room temperature and had an off taste. The service was very good with the server fielding all of our questions and being very attentive.
We so enjoyed Restaurant Week at Aggio! ...
We so enjoyed Restaurant Week at Aggio! This restaurant is so fantastic. Each course was excellen; we had the Caesar with fried oysters and yellow gazpacho first, halibut and scallops, and yummy desserts. LOVE this restaurant.
We were there for the Restaurant week, a ...
We were there for the Restaurant week, and the menu they created was really great. There were plenty of tables open but we sat at the bar because Amie the bartender just won Best of Baltimore. We needed to experience the best. Wine selection is really amazing, food was awesome as usual, and the cocktails were phenomenal. I highly recommend having some amaro after the dinner.
So disappointing! Went with 3 friends fo ...
So disappointing! Went with 3 friends for a girls night out, and terrrible. It took 45 min. to get our drinks. We were going to walk out but didn't, we should have. No one was there, only about 5 tables. The music was absurd. AC DC, Stairway to Heaven, who has this kind of playlist at 7:00 pm. in this kind of restaurant? I don't think they have their brand identified, that is very clear. If it was a Biker Bar or restaurant, I would get the music but it seems like they are trying to be a fine dining restaurant. Also on Open Table they said that 6:45pm was the only time available and no one was there but 5 tables when we arrived!! Very strange place, employees all walking around like they had no clue what was going on from the bartender, to waitress, to the somielier. And the food was just OK, nothing great at all. I would totally not recommend! Don't waste your money or your time on this one!
Had a stellar restaurant week experience ...
Had a stellar restaurant week experience here.
From the accommodating hostess to our awesome server to the amazing food the only thing I can really complain about is the cost to food ratio. There were maybe 4 scallops tops in our dish but omg that was the best polenta I have ever had! Oh, and drinks were generously strong ;)
Looking forward to coming back!
This is the second time we dined at Aggi ...
This is the second time we dined at Aggio. My husband and I are huge fans of all of Brian Voltagio's restaurants. The first time we went to Aggio was right before we got married, as a treat to ourselves. Both times, the staff was wonderful. The sommelier was knowledgeable, friendly, and very personable. The food was fantastic and we did not leave there feeling hungry. The first time we went, we had the five course chef's choice with the wine pairing. The second time we went, it was restaurant week, so we had the four course with the wine pairing. Aggio will definitely be our go to restaurant for special occasions or when we want to treat ourselves.
I had wanted to go to Aggio for quite so ...
I had wanted to go to Aggio for quite some time so we decided to finally give it a try during Baltimore restaurant week. They had a three course menu for $35 and for $10 more you could add a 4th course. We decided to do the four course and were extremely happy with our meal. The bread was so good we actually got two more pieces. Each of the courses was just enough so that you were satisfied by the end of the meal. When we first started I thought I was going to be hungry when we left, but by the time I finished my olive oil cake with raspberry sorbet desert I was pleasantly full. The Cesar salad came with fried oysters. My husband got that but I wish I had ordered it. I had the scallops and they were delicious. They have homemade sodas and an extensive wine list. I would definitely go back.
We went for restaurant week and it was a ...
We went for restaurant week and it was also my Mom's birthday. I mentioned this in passing to the waiter and they brought her a beautiful dessert and sang to her. All the wait staff was very professional and knowledgeable. I picked Aggio because I watched Brian Voltaggio on Top Chef and I had high expectations. I was not dissappointed! The food was amazing and I can't wait to go back!
Overall always great food. This time the ...
Overall always great food. This time the Tonarelli Nero was way too lemony. Also, a snafu with desserts. I think they must have run out of the Panna Cotta, but did not actually say so and brought an odd one (the one brought first was ok) when questioned why only one of three desserts initially brought
The food was AMAZING. Brian Voltaggio n ...
The food was AMAZING. Brian Voltaggio never disappoints. We also loved our server who was very helpful in our wine selection and even offered to have the sommelier come out (not necessary for our price range). The only cons were that the decor seemed a bit dated and one of our chairs had a big stain on it (that my husband had to stare at all evening).
Some of the food was very good, but over ...
Some of the food was very good, but overall the food was not outstanding. The caesar salad with fried oysters was the best part of the meal. Also, the portions were quite small. My scallops entree included a total of 3 scallops. The desert was tasty but diminutive.
Went for brunch - 3 courses. Appetizer/s ...
Went for brunch - 3 courses. Appetizer/salad, main and dessert. Salads were generous and flavorful. The mains we had were not traditional brunch items (muffeleta, squid ink pasta) but were very good. Desserts were a bit deconstructed but well made. There was an option for "bottomless" cocktails but since we only had one drink each it was better to order individually. We opted for white rum & rose sangria which was potent. A bottomless one would have been more than we needed for a mid-Saturday when there were still things to do!
Even though the menu had a few changes f ...
Even though the menu had a few changes from the version posted online, and we missed out on the desert we were looking forward too, Aggio was well worth the trip. The food was superb, every bite was a treat, and the menu items were creative. We received a lovely parmesan cheese funnel cake to start, something I'd never heard of before. When I mentioned in passing how much I loved my pepperoni (insert fancy french word for sauce), and wished there was more, the waitress brought out some extra.
Would love to go again the next time I'm in Baltimore.
Great food and great experience with inc ...
Great food and great experience with incredible attentive service and staff. As a fan of volt I was excited to try another of his restaurants and with that background was not disappointed, but can see where the online criticism of the restaurant comes form in that the location is not great for this restaurant concept, which to me would fit more ideally in harbor east than power plant. I can envision many people stumbling across this restaurant assuming one thing given the neighborhood and be caught off-guard to the type of restaurant it actually is.
Cuisine was VERY good in presentation an ...
Cuisine was VERY good in presentation and taste. Service was very personable and nice. Overall, an excellent experience. Would recommend it highly to anyone out for a dining experience. The cocktails are original and very complimentary to the meal.
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