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.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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
This did NOT live up to expectations. Food was good but not exceptional, although plating was generally nice. The server was lovely and attentive, as were all staff. The atmosphere was completely strange. Seemed like three different dining room spaces on the 1st floor, not connected in terms of concept. The bathroom areas on the basement level were dingy to say the least and smelled of mildew.
The restaurant seemed woefully understaffed for a Friday night. There are no decorations in the place except for a candle on each table. The service was slow - it took our waitress 10 minutes to say hello, and then another 15 minutes to bring our drinks. If the food weren't so good, I would say that I have no idea how this place is still in business.
Our dinner here was really outstanding. The service was knowledgeable and professional. The wine presentation was excellent, informative, and accurate, which is hard to find at many restaurants in the area. The food was great. Everyone enjoyed their food, and the kitchen was accomodating. 10/10 would return.
The meatball appetizer was lifeless and lacked flavor. We were presented our bottle of wine 30 minutes after ordering it. The restaurant was seemingly understaffed with how flustered each was, but there wasn't an overwhelming number of guests so I don't know why they were rushing. The computer system did happen to be down but we were not informed of this until we were presented with our check and the chaos that ensued could definitely have been mitigated if there was adequate management in place. The couple right next to us didn't get the focaccia bread or utensils and had to ask for both. A lot of miscommunication and lackluster food. Also, the menu on open table is not updated and many items are not actually on the menu (I was interested in the salmon and my boyfriend in the ribeye, neither currently available). Would not recommend if you're interested in a relaxing, enjoyable meal and experience.
Horrible from start to finish. We were seated right away and that's the best thing I can say about our experience. After 40 minutes a server finally came to take our drink order. We tried to order drinks on their cocktail menu but they were out of ingredients. I then ordered a beer and was handed a can. My fiancé ordered a drink and took two sips and was finished. After that we had to ask for bread. The food was decent nothing special except the steak, that had zero flavor. I would no recommend this place to anyone. From poor service to decent food. There is nothing about this restaurant that is good.
Service was absolutely TERRIBLE. Nothing compared to VOLT whatsoever. Food was mediocre at best. Waitress was terrible...doesn't ask if its our first time, cant tell us about the menu, dissappeared in the back while every table is looking for her. Bartender, who was knowledgeable about the wine, was the only decent quality about this place.
We had a delicious meal here. My wife and I shared a pasta dish then we each had our own entrées. Both were superb. The tiramisu was fantastic. We were there very early- 5:15 dinner, so the place was almost empty. It was nice there, but probably would be more fun if there were more people present. This is a good place to go for a special dinner. Take your time, don't rush. Enjoy yourself to the max at Aggio!
Went approximately one week after Baltimore Restaurant Week had ended, and to our most pleasant surprise, the restaurant was still offering the Restaurant Week menu. We ended up ordering nearly three quarters of the menu anyhow. All items were served expediently, and diners found all dishes to be highly palatable. Service was outstanding, and specialty cocktails were excellent. A great restaurant experience overall. Would not hesitate to return.
TWO EXCELLENT MEALS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS AND NOW IT HAS FALLEN OFF MY LIST. ONLY ABOUT HALF FULL. THE STREET IN FRONT IS DARK AND SCARY WITH NO VALET PARKING ANY MORE. THE GARAGE WE PARKED IN WAS UNCOMFORTABLY SPOOKY. (IT WAS NOT THE ONE THEY RECOMMENDED WHEN WE CAME IN, BUT AT THAT POINT THE CAR WAS PARKED.
OFF MY LIST; THERE ARE OTHER GOOD PLACES....
The best restaurant meal I have had in years. Every bite--from the first taste of the warm bread to the last lick of the lemon cheese cake--was sublime. We started planning our next visit before the first was half over. Service was prompt and friendly without being obsequious.
We went to Aggio for restaurant week, even though there were not a lot of gluten free options on the menu, the chef was happy to accommodate by tweaking the dishes. The food was great. We did the wine pairings with each course and the Sommelier was very knowledgeable and passionate about about the wine. Even with just about every table occupied the noise level was low and I really liked that. I will continue to go back to this restaurant and try it without it being restaurant week since the regular menu looks amazing!!!
EXTREMELY SLOW SERVICE. I planned a business dinner at AGGIO recently. I had been dying to eat there since it opened and I was pleasantly surprised to see open reservations during restaurant week. Before making the reservation, I noted that the reviews stated that the service was extremely slow during the preceding holiday weekend. I hoped that it was one-time thing. When we arrived, we were seated immediately. The server asked if we wanted to order drinks and then left us with the drink menu for nearly 30 minutes. Our water was refilled three times during this time. Then after the server took our drink order, we were left alone again. We had to physically track the server down so we could place the order. Then while placing the order, the server asked us over and over again to repeat the order because the server couldn't find a pen, the right page on the pad etc. we all ordered from the prix fixe menu. Antipasto, entree, and dessert. There was 45 minutes between courses and the entrees were cold by the time they came to the table. At then end of the three hour meal, one of our party had to go to the bar to ask someone to find our server to bring our check. What a disappointment. In terms of the food, the Brussels sprouts were bitter and the sirloin was cold and tasteless. Dessert was good. Would not recommend this restaurant.
I usually love this restaurant but the service and ambience were mediocre at best when dining out over the MLK weekend. It took over 20 mins to order, the sommelier was not experienced and we didn't even get the bread basket for almost 25 minutes. For an 8.15 pm dinner reservation needless to say we were literally starving by the time the food came. The food on the other hand was 5 star - the octopus was the best I have ever had. The sides of vegetables that we ordered extra ended up being the same ones that came with our entrees which didn't make sense. Still the food was delicious except for the Tiramisu which had some hardened ?shortbread inside. The ambience killed it for me- the restaurant was half empty despite restaurant week and by 10pm we were the only ones left.
Had heard a lot about this restaurant and when we were headed to the Soundstage I was excited for a chance to try it out. The staff was gracious, but it seemed they only had two servers working a floor of 20+ tables so things were slow. The food was good, but not off the charts as I'd heard. So, I'm glad we tried it, but not sure how soon we'll be back.
We went during Restaurant Week, so that could have made a difference, but overall thought that there were some things that could have been better. First, the logistics: no valet parking and we had to ask the staff to take our coats. There apparently is an arrangement with a nearby garage, but we weren't told about it upon arrival when we asked, so spent $20 to park! But we were there for food and wine and weren't going to let the start spoil our evening. With the exception of a one plate of mushroom risotto that was over salted (mine was fine), the food was well-prepared. Standouts were a lamb ragu with rye gnocchi and the appetizer fried Brussels sprouts. Wine list was a bit over-priced with most wines selling for almost 3 times retail, but we did have an excellent Barolo with the meal. The focaccia bread and spreads are a special treat, but the tiramisu was not only untraditional, it wad disappointing -- with a hard cookie center that was hard to eat, and none of the sumptuous pleasure of the traditional version. Overall, it was a four-star experience, not the five-star we were hoping for, but we'll probably go back. Another note: We were impressed with the soundproofing -- though the restaurant filled up during out meal, we were always able to converse comfortably.
wow what a difference a year makes. we came here last year for new years eve and had a magical time. it was so great we came back this year. it was so disappointing! our waitresses were so inexperienced. they couldn't pronounce the dishes or tell us what some of the ingredients were. one was even wearing jeans! the food itself was just ok. the sommelier was the only great thing about the night and it turns out it was his last night working there! we could see why. additionally i asked for a sambuca and was told they didn't have that but could make something similiar. ah, not really. i had to send it back. i also had to ask for more coffee. basically anything we needed we had to ask for! i really hope some changes are made and the restaurant goes back to being nice and upscale!
I grew up in Baltimore and come to town several times a year to visit family. I had been wanting to try Aggio for a while and was super excited to go! We had a reservation for 7:00 and were surprised that there was literally one other table for almost our entire dining experience. No problem there. We're happy for the extra attention. We tried the four course pre-fixe menu. The brussel sprouts were delicious!!! I could eat them every day. I had the tonnarelli and it was also amazing! Honestly, that was my favorite dish of the night. None of us were overly impressed with our proteins. I had the duck and my brother-in-law had a steak. It was fine, but nothing to write home about. Dessert was very good as well. Overall, would definitely go back, but would make different choices for our third course.
Good menu and reasonably priced wine list. Brussel sprout and salad appetizers were good but rest of dinner was disappointing. Duck dish was not good...seabass was average. Both desserts were mediocre. Bill for two including tip was about $200. Way too much for an uneven dinner.
Really solid food selections, but nothing out of the ordinary. Service was polite and accurate, but a bit slow. It took several minutes for one of our party who arrived a few minutes late due to parking to get a cocktail. Overall good experience, but we expected more from Aggio, especially on a Thursday night during the holidays.
Would never visit again. Service was poor and food was boring. Beet salad was 4 little bites of beets on greens. Sea bass was undercooked and the cauliflower was raw, not roasted, hard and dry. The $40.00 steak was fine, but nothing special. The house made cream soda had no carbonation, so it was syrup in flat water. Couldn't even drink it. Sorry that I didn't send everything back to the kitchen.
AGGIO was a pretty good experience overall. It was very loud where we were sitting and the waitress offered to move us to a quieter location but at that point we were already seated and had gotten comfortable. The restaurant is modern and nicely decorated.
The food was solid and some dishes innovative. My wife and I both opted to try 3 separate courses each and we split a desert (7 total).
What we really liked: Charred octopus (might be the best we've had), lasagna (really good and way bigger than you think), tonnarelli nero squid ink (wife couldn't stop talking about it), and duck breast (amazing!).
What we thought was ok: Beet salad (best part was the dressing), tiramisu (too far of a departure from traditional tiramisu for us)
Not good at all: Lamb osso buco (looked far better than it tasted. No seasoning at all. Putting salt on it didn't help)
The bad dish didn't ruin our experience but when you're spending this kind of money you don't expect any bad food. It just can't happen. Period.
We had dinner at Aggio during a trip to Baltimore based on good reviews. We were disappointed across the board. We both had the duck for the main course; it was mediocre. The dessert, pumpkin cake, had no hint of pumpkin, it was more of a spice cake. The meal was expensive and poor quality and poor value. The service staff never asked if we were satisfied with each course, they just brought out the next course. Aggio was definitely a letdown based on the expectations we had from the good reviews they have received online.
Aggio is a chic restaurant with an interesting menu that was almost completely empty on a Friday night- not a good sign. In addition, despite having only one other table, the servers ignored us for quite awhile and did not approach us to take drink orders until we had been seated for almost 10 minutes. They also did not return to take food orders promptly either. The bread provided was quite good but the chef's "snack" of savory funnel cake was cold, greasy and unappealing. It's as if after the success of many restaurants in this franchise, the owners have given up on this one.
While the octopus and roasted beets salad were very flavor balanced, the squid ink pasta crab dish contained so much garlic that it totally overpowered the delicacy of the crab.
Service was very slow despite being on a Tue night with only two other tables being taken. Bathroom spelled strong and was in need of a good cleaning.
Hard to believe this is a Voltagio restaurant. Dry lasagna, way too much garlic, bizarre and uneven service with the bartender clearing tables, (awkwardly); the hostess was also the general manager; and all tables around us had confused orders with missing or incorrect food. Sad.
I made it clear there was going to be someone with an allergy (dairy) at the table, both emailed and called. I was guaranteed the waitstaff was aware and would help recommend meals the kitchen would be able to make without dairy. However, our waitress was completely unaware and brought a cheese plate and funnel cake out for an appetizer. I wish they'd take allergies more seriously.
This was our second time at AGGIO and the food was absolutely amazing once again. The service was a little underwhelming, not sure if it is because we didn't do the full tasting menu but there were several lulls and no offer to refresh beverages. Would still return because the food was that good and hoping we were just there on an off night for service.
We were in town from Philly and were lucky to stumble onto this fabulous restaurant! We started with excellent cocktails and then chose selections from the Prix Fixe menu. The portions were plenty and we enjoyed all a lot. Chris, the Sommelier, introduced each wine and told us in glowing terms why he had chosen a particular wine. These wines (all Italian) were excellent choices and this was so much more fun and better than just ordering one or 2 bottles during a meal. We will be back during our next trip to Baltimore.
What a wonderful dining experience. Aggio is a thoughtful restaurant where food is crafted with care. The staff is welcoming, informative, and attentive. The food is fantastic and creative. Great value. 3-course pre fixe is only $45 and the 6-course tasting menu is $80 but the portion is bigger than most tasting menu I've tried.
The tasting menu was very, very good, especially the vegetables and house made pastas. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. A highlight was the wine service and sommelier. We had six courses with paired wines. The wines were interesting and well chosen. The sommelier's care, candor and creativity in describing the selections were superb. One of the best "customer service" sommeliers I've ever encountered.
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