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:
Tuesday - Saturday 5-10 pm
(Closed Sunday and Monday)
$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
The best dining experience we have had a ...
The best dining experience we have had anywhere!!! We were so impressed withevery aspect of the restaurant. Service was outstanding, professional and knowledgeable. Food was out of this world.GM Eric was engaging, hands on, and professional. So pleased. Made our dinner into an experience.
Well done the fish was cooked perfectly, ...
Well done the fish was cooked perfectly, our group enjoyed ever aspect of the meal.
We went to the restaurant after my daughter experienced it for Restaurant week and loved it. The food, service, everything was great. No inexpensive but worth it for the experience.
The pastas are a must! Prepared perfectl ...
The pastas are a must! Prepared perfectly and excellent flavors. 1/2 portions shareable for 4. Pricey but great atmosphere and food from this top chef competitor!
Innovative Italian Cuisine...everything ...
Innovative Italian Cuisine...everything had a little twist to it. The Caesar Salad had fried oysters and a lovely dressing. The squid ink pasta in the Tonnarelli Nero was nicely al dente. But desserts really took it to new heights; save room! The tiramisu was like no other I've ever had; so light and fluffy. The chocolate cremeux was the winner, though. You have a choice of a prix fixe dinner or a la carte. The specialty cocktails are also worth a try. And try the Amaro flight. I've been to Italy twice and never saw this on a menu (but then we never went to any fancy restaurants!) These are herb and spice infused red wines and are an exquisite taste treat.
The food was outstanding! One of the be ...
The food was outstanding! One of the best restaurants I've been to in a long time.
Food was excellent, even the bread. Serv ...
Food was excellent, even the bread. Service was also excellent. Beautiful restaurant and overall a very good experience. Only complaint was the 'dinner size' portions were actually a little small so even after having a side and dessert, both excellent, we weren't 'full'. But other than that one complaint it was truly excellent. We would go again.
Nothing but the best. We loved Volt (Fre ...
Nothing but the best. We loved Volt (Frederick) had a bad experience at Range and Aggio was above AMAZING food, service, everything!!!!
A bit pricey, but worth it
My wife and I had a great dinner with an excellent wine. Service was spot-on from start to finish. The whole staff was pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional.
The experience was outstanding from the details of the food to the service! I would highly recommend Aggio to everyone!
Outstanding food and service
Definitely a find for foodies. The menu had good variety and every dish we had was perfectly prepared and had many interesting and varied flavors. This will become one of our new favorite restaurants. We loved the food. The decor is a bit un-exceptional and it is not the cheapest place to eat in town. I suppose if you are a meat and potatoes diner you might find the food too exotic.
The service is perfect: helpful and efficient without being overbearing or pretentious. The wine list is terrific. The food lives up to both of the above; the flavor profiles are wonderfully balanced, the choices are imaginative enough that you don't feel you have seen them 100 times before, yet familiar enough to qualify as comfort food. The ambience is warm and friendly, without being overly casual.
Pleasant people but really slow service. ...
Pleasant people but really slow service. My fish was cold and undercooked. My husband's fish was just cold. We asked for the food to be warmed up and they did just that, they did not replace the food with new pieces. They forgot half the dessert order. The coffee was mediocre. I hope they have better days.
Another great night at Aggio
Another great night at Aggio
Fine Menu + Service Undermined by 1 Thing: Salt
Ambiance is stylish (on the cool side, visually) and service impeccable. But the food disappointed for a reason that could be easily fixed: Three of us ordered a combination of traditional and original dishes (chicken parm and caesar salad as well as seared tuna, pork done 2 ways...). All had the fundamentals right, with good texture, flavor, sides and garnishes like pickled vegetables atop the pork, but every dish was marred by an excess of salt -- something all of us noticed in every course, even the cheesey "funnel cake" amuse bouche. The prices are not out of line for fine cuisine, if done right, but not with an error like that.
While I had high expectations for this r ...
While I had high expectations for this restaurant, I was somewhat disappointed in the food. There was generally too many strong flavors, which overpowered the dishes and the natural flavor of the meat/fish/etc. Generally, I found the food, which was rather pricy, to not be worth the value. However, the service and ambiance were great.
Aggio is not for the meat-and-potatoes crowed! The food is eclectic, creative and adventurous. That does not mean that it always works. It does mean, however, that one's palette is challenged. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings. The hamachi was good, though my daughter had had the same thing several days earlier using mackerel and preferred the mackerel version. I had the octopus, which was incredibly tender and a total delight. The beet cappelletti with goat cheese was also first class, though the rich red of the pasta and light sauce was not shown to advantage with a dark gray plate. The other pasta dish we had, whose name I cannot remember, included sausage and beans in the sauce. It was nice but needed something bright to offset the heavy starch of the beans. The mains we shared were the cod, which was very enjoyable, and the swordfish. The swordfish/ham combination with pickled beets on top was not a successful dish, in our opinion. Inventive, but not successful. The thin layer of ham made the swordfish taste like ham, one way I suppose of decreasing the fat content of ham, but not doing much for the swordfish! In our case, it was also overcooked, though the swordfish was still moist. The pickled beets on top were a mystery to me. Colorful but not balancing well with the meat. The desserts (strawberry cheese cake and tiramisu) were great. Our sommelier was fabulous. The wine pairings were spot on. My daughter and I were amazed at the unique qualities of the nearly all Italian wines. Who knew Italy had so much more than Chianti?
The food was just excellent
The food and service wasn't excellent! The attention to detail and lucious tastes were a real high point for our evening. I would recommend the octopus appetizer!
All around amazing experience!
Another amazing meal at Aggio. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for and out of this world eating experience!
Food is unique with good flavor profiles ...
Food is unique with good flavor profiles. Service is very strong. A nice amuse bouche and delicious bread. Another Brian voltaggio success!
The service was extremely lacking in attentiveness
I had a gift card and am glad I have used it up... a very dissappointing meal
Sometimes restaurants try to incorporate ...
Sometimes restaurants try to incorporate exotic ingredients when simpler preparations would be preferred. This was the case here.
Aggio is an undiscovered gem. The food i ...
Aggio is an undiscovered gem. The food is delicious and presented beautifully. The service could not have been more gracious. The maitre d', sommelier, and waiter were professional and friendly. The $50 pre-fixe is a bargain: four thoughtful courses prepared with local and seasonal ingredients. If Aggio was in nyc, seattle, or portland it would be packed every night with lines out the door. Sadly, the location in downtown Baltimore keeps this gem hidden. I was visiting for 5 days and my dinner at Aggio was hands down the best meal i had.
I have been to Aggio a few times, and ha ...
I have been to Aggio a few times, and have recommended it to several individuals. I am not sure what happened last night, but the service (from the main server, Mike) was absolutely terrible. He was inattentive, simply not helpful, and had a condescending attitude. Though the food was excellent as always, I am definitely questioning whether I will return to the restaurant.
Over seasoned, too salty
There were six in our party and almost all the main dishes were too salty. The presentations and the food probably would have been very good if they were not too salty. Some the party had the wine pairing and all thought that the selections were perfect for the various courses. I have to add that the other courses were very good and not over-salted.
We decided to celebrate an anniversary a ...
We decided to celebrate an anniversary and birthday at Aggio last night. I opted for the 5 course Chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. I could not have been more pleased. Everything was prepared to perfection and the pairings were deliciously complimentary to the meal. Chris Coker the sommelier was incredibly knowledgeable and super pleasant making us laugh incessantly. Andrew our server was awesome too!
Service was great. Cocktails were well d ...
Service was great. Cocktails were well done. Food was inventive and we'll prepared.
great value with their pre fix menu 2 is ...
great value with their pre fix menu 2 issues - a couple of dishes were extremely salty - have not had this issue before at Aggio, so hope that it was just a heavy hand with the salt on that evening secondly, the ambiance music was rather heavy rock for a 6 pm dinner. didn't fit the vibe of the restaurant at all. service - great, wine pairings well done
An adventure in dining
This is the 5th time I have been here. Each time I have out of town guests I take them to Aggio. The menu can be a little intimidating at first sight, but I always assure my guests everything is delicious, and everyone I brought here has loved everything they have ordered...myself included, of course!
The service was ok, not what you would expect in a fine dining establishment and the food was uniformly overcooked. This was not the special dinner we had hoped it would be.
Had a terrible experience - will not be going back
A group of 4 of us decided to try Aggio as it was relatively new and we had heard nothing but great things about the restaurant. We arrived on a Saturday night for a 7 pm reservation to a restaurant that was dark, quiet and practically empty - at most 3 tables had guests. There was no hostess when we walked in so we waited for a couple minutes to be seated. Sat down and were greeted by a waiter who clearly could not care less about the way he was perceived by us. He was cold, short tempered and unfriendly. When we asked questions about the dishes on the menu he seemed irritated and simply did not have a warm welcoming demeanor. Suffice it to say, we decided as a group that we would rather go to a different restaurant with a more welcoming vibe and friendlier staff, and left without eating.
Loved the food and service. Art work w ...
Loved the food and service. Art work was a little creepy but fun.
We have eaten at Aggio three times and the food has always been outstanding. However this last time we found the Brussel sprouts way over salted . On the other hand my pork was perfect. As was my butternut a squash pasta. Grillled octopus was also carefully prepared and quite tasty. Do go but watch that salt.
Family of five who enjoy eating out at q ...
Family of five who enjoy eating out at quality establishments - Aggio is right up there and if clearly one of Baltimore's top venues for fining dining. The menu was very unique and delicious The service was exceptional Great find
From the bar and sommelier through the s ...
From the bar and sommelier through the salads it was hard to criticize anything. The salads may have been the very best versions our group has ever had. Ever. Most other entrees were very good and enjoyed, but my steak was just not very good. It had a crust to it, but cut too thin. Maybe I just missed what the chef was trying to say. I will go back!
A Gem in Baltimore
I've been dying to try a Voltaggio restaurant ever since watching Top Chef. As always, the tasting menu is generally the best option, so my boyfriend and I gave it a go...and it was STUNNING, and so well priced!! Four course meal with wine pairing, and the food was just sensational. Flavors that I never thought to combine, along with super fresh ingredients. All 4 courses were divine, the service was brilliant and the sommelier who did the pairing was outstanding in his explanations and choices. I'd give this 10 stars if I could.
Wonderful staff on both sides of the kit ...
Wonderful staff on both sides of the kitchen door. The bartender was wonderful to talk to, explaining how the sweet vermouth she used added a dark complexity to her Manhattan. The food was very attractive being plated with artistic flare and very delicious. There is a professional Sommelier on staff and I strongly encourage telling him your price range and taking his wine recommendation since that enhances the meal.
Disappointing is the only way to describ ...
Disappointing is the only way to describe this experience, I am a huge fan of the Voltaggio brothers and have visited many of their restaurants and had high hopes for this one. While the food was very good the whole ambiance and feel of the restaurant is awful and amongst the worst i have ever experienced. The main restaurant had little to no atmosphere and the few tables in the front bar area seemed to fare only a little better. Our server was very knowledgable but made interactions feel uncomfortable and awkward . Overall I don't think we will go back, despite my braised beef entree being one of the best dishes I have had in the last few years, I don't think the issues can be fixed.
Aggio more than lived up to expectations. My fiance and I each did a four course tasting menu, and each course was delicious. We also did the wine pairing which turned out to be an outstanding value and very well done. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job matching the wines to what we had ordered.
We had high expectations, and Aggio did ...
We had high expectations, and Aggio did not disappoint. Ordered the fixed menu, and each dish was absolutely delicious....though somewhat difficult to describe. Really, really good food.
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