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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
Food was fantastic, service was great at first but the restaurant got hit hard towards the end of our meal and they just did not have enough staff. We ordered our desserts (one was pre-arranged to have a birthday candle) but then sat for 45 minutes with no drinks or food and decided to just get a check and leave.
This was a strange experience from beginning to end. Received a call that day to confirm the reservation. Tried to call back and it was forwarded to Volt. The receptionist asked us to call Aggio and did not understand how/why it was forwarded. Got to the restaurant and it was like the hostess was on drugs! I gave my name and told her that we were waiting for two others. She first tried to seat us at a table for 10 people! When she sat us somewhere appropriate, I told her AGAIN that we were waiting for another couple. We sat there for 25 minutes waiting for our friends (I tried calling my friend only to find out later she forgot her phone). I finally called the husband and he said they had been sitting at the bar for 20 mins! They gave the hostess my name when they walked in and she said we weren't there yet! Unbelievable. Our server was OK, but absolutely no energy. That said, the food was really very good -- and we tried a lot on the very small menu. We found a nice bottle of wine, but boy was it limited. I realize that it's an Italian restaurant, but come on. Two other issues: two big bugs on the wall right behind us and the lower level, where the bathrooms are located, smelled like a SEWER! Clearly an issue. The women at the next table were talking about it. They were rather disgusted, as were we! Two of us ordered a glass of wine after dinner. Had to ask for it twice. I'd be really surprised if this restaurant is in business a year from now. Brian Voltaggio: you need to take a look at your site management. The person who appeared to be the manager heard me talking to my friends about the misstep -- after I went to the bar to find them. I was not happy. He never said anything, never apologized, etc. Terrible. The restaurant was not even half full on a Saturday night. Now I know why. This review is meant to be constructive, not mean-spirited. I hope it's helpful.
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I took my fiance here for her birthday because she really likes top chief restaurants. Everything was spectacular. The cocktails were exceptionally well done. We got two appetizers: the octopus was firm and tasty but not at all chewy, the brussels were light and crisp with the occasional explosions of flavor. The pasta was probably the best cooked pasta I have had in the states. The lamb shoulder was fork tender and on top of the creamiest, finest grain polenta I have had. Dessert was also delightful: we had a cheese plate with three excellent examples of Italian cheeses and the cheese cake, which was more savory than sweet and was pared with a lemon sorbetto which was more intensely lemon flavored than many lemons I have eaten.
Very disappointed! Aggio has been one of our favorite Baltimore restaurants since it opened. Six months ago we left Baltimore to travel and on our return we made a reservation at Aggio. But once we looked at the menu and wine list we decided not to stay. The menu is much more limited and the wine list, that we used to praise for its consumer friendly approach to Italian wines, is a mere shadow of its former self. So sad to lose what was a gem in the Baltimore dining scene.
Service was acceptable, nothing to write home about. (I am a mid twenties man so I don't expect servers to see equity in me, however it is a great touch since I regularly spend hundreds on dinner.) However the food was so underwhelming service became a minute detail. Salt and pepper are necessities not optional particularly on a tough piece of lamb shoulder or 4 day old fish. Not horrible I guess, as someone who can count on one hand how many times I've left food on the table I was disappointed. Baltimore has far to many good Italian places for someone to squander the cuisine like I experienced tonight.
I'm a big fan of Volt in Frederick, and was therefore really excited to try Aggio. The food was absolutely incredible, and the service was fantastic. We went during a storm, so the restaurant was quiet, but the ambiance was beautiful and we could carry on a conversation without it being awkward.
I had the squid ink pasta which was incredible (and worth going back for), and we will be talking about the PERFECT brussel sprouts forever!
The food here is good... last few times though, the service has been a bit slow. They seem understaffed. It was totally dead at 9pm on a Saturday. The last time I was in they had run out of beer... huh?! Based on my last two visits I'd be surprised if Aggio is still open in 6 months. Which is a shame. The other Voltaggio reataurants are excellent. Maybe it's just too progressive for Baltimore?
We were very disappointed with the entire meal - only the gnocchi was good. All other courses lack seasoning and flavor. Even the tiramisu was bland. Wine was over-priced and extremely limited selection. Server could use a bit more coaching on how to describe and recommend wines for each course.
We have eaten at all the other Voltaggio restaurants so we were very surprised and disappointed by this experience. With so many other choices now in Baltimore we will not be back.
I'll start with the positive....the food was delicious. It really was good. That being said, we won't go back. We enjoy new restaurants & good food but the ambiance was completely lacking. The staff had such a low energy it was almost negative. Not sure if we came on a bad night but our server seemed disinterested and inattentive. It took forever to get our drinks, food service was very slow, and it didn't help that our table was in a bad spot (right by water station & bar) I still don't understand why - the restaurant really wasn't that busy. I wish I could say the dinner was so good we could overlook the rest but it wasn't the case. For a $200 meal - I expect a lot more.
Outstanding inventive food,and a well chosen wine list.
The service was a bit slapdash...the restaurant was not busy but each step:
Ordering, receiving our first course, receiving second took longer than it should.
Other than the slow service a delightful meal and attractive setting.
After reading several less than good reviews, we were skeptical about the restaurant, but decided to try it anyway. Our server deserves kudos. She did an excellent job of steering us toward selections we might enjoy. Both of our cocktails were excellent. The cauliflower side was a tasty variation on the vegetable. The duck entree was a bit tough. Perhaps the meat was a wee bit undercooked, and the sweet potatoes were hardly there, a bit more of them would have been welcome. The carrots were burned; charred a bit too long. The pasta dish with seafood even with a whole portion was a meager amount for dinner even with the accompanying Caeser Salad which was very good. The advertised seafood in the pasta was hsrdly more than a piece or two of crabmeat. The Tiramisu was delicious; while the deconstructed cheesecake would have tasted better in its constructed form. All in all, the experience was pleasant, but not impressive. The restrooms do need a major upgrade if Aggio intends to be a serious player in the downtown restaurant scene.
Huge disappointment from a huge Voltagio (both brothers) fan. The bread was insanely good, as was my glass of Pinot. The pork appetizer and rye gnocchi were also tasty. But the lamb shoulder was over-cooked, poorly seasoned, and served cold. It was simply the worst lamb I've ever tried and unworthy of a Top chef chef. What a let-down. No wonder the restaurant was mostly empty on a Thursday night.
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.
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