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“One of the best Italian restaurants in America” / "The wine list at Aldo's is exemplary, easily one of the best on the east coast” / “This is clearly a labor of familial love, and it shows in every dish" -- John Mariani (of Esquire Magazine), 2012 Aldo’s is Baltimore’s most celebrated Italian restaurant. Aldo's features Chef/Owner Aldo Vitale's delicately balanced southern-influenced regional Italian cuisine, served in sumptuously appointed rooms steeped in classical Italian tradition. The media rave about Aldo's, calling it "An Italian Masterpiece" (NY Times) and have recognized Aldo's for offering Maryland's "Best Private Dining" (The Baltimore Sun) and "Baltimore's Best Private Dining Rooms" (Baltimore Magazine). Private dining rooms include a belowground, climate-controlled Wine Cellar and a Medici-inspired Library. Visit the website at www.aldositaly.com for a virtual tour. * Complimentary shuttle service is provided to downtown area hotels *
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Phone: (410) 625-3700

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Neighborhoods:
Southeastern Baltimore, Little Italy
AKA:

Aldo's Ristorante Italiano

Aldo's Restaurant Baltimore

Aldo's Restaurant

Categories:
Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: No

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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03/30/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
The happiest birthday.

This was a surprise 78th birthday dinner planned by my family and their dear friend, Diane. Close to Baltimore Harbor, there are not enough words to describe this fantastic restaurant, the location, the ambiance/decor, the service, the kind, perfect attention to our party, treating us royally. No, trust me, I am not a relative....had never been there, previously. The wine, the food (Jumbo Maryland Crab Cakes....my mouth is watering as I write this), the Napoleon for dessert, and the Lemon Jello to cap off the most fabulous dinner I can ever remember. As if that was not enough, Sergio, one of the owners, and an unbelievable opera singer (I get chills just thinking about his magnificent voice) sang an aria, Nessun Dorma, at my request. This young man is a young Pavarotti, both in talent and looks (but better looking, trust me). If it was up to me, he would be singing at the NY Metropolitan Opera. I cannot stop bragging about his performance. As an added attraction, having dinner there that same night (Saturday, March 26th), we met Chazz Palminteri, the famous actor from movies (A Bronx Tale, etc.), and T.V. He was so very kind and gracious to pose for a photo with my son, and speak with us. Everyone in my party had an exceptional time, we were treated like family, the food, the wine, the hometown atmosphere made for one of the best birthdays which I will never forget. My sincere thanks to the Vitale family and staff for making everyone so very happy.

02/24/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
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Worth the drive

When you think of Baltimore food you think of Little Italy. If you think about the best of Little Italy you think Aldo's. A staff that will do anything to make you happy, valet car service, a beautiful place but mostly it's the the food that keeps me coming back. Whether you have a guest/date to impress or a desire to make you glad that you ate those calories... Aldo' is the place.

01/28/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
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Best in Baltimore

Am a frequent visitor to Aldo's in Little Italy. Have read some of the recent reviews, and am mystified. I have always found the food to be exception - literally the best in Baltimore. I have never had any issue with service either. I can't imagine why other diners would not rave about this restaurant. You definitely need to try this place and see for yourself.

03/09/2010

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Poor seating, poor service, lukewarm food,

We went to Aldo's Restaurant Sunday night 3/7/10 @ 6:10 p.m. There were only two other people in the restaurant and we were seated right across from them in a "hallway" where we had to listen to their conversation even though every other table in the restaurant was UN-OCCUPIED. Our table was so small there was just barely enough room for our dinner, a drink and a glass of water. The waiters walked between us, behind us and around us through empty tables because the "hallway" had very little space left with tables on both sides. We waited more than 5 minutes for someone to show up a put water in our glass. When he left, we didn't see a waiter for another 7-10 minutes, not even to take our drink order or bring us bread an butter. When someone finally stopped for our drink order, we had to REQUEST a menu. My husband's surf & turf dinner (ordered medium rare) arrived with with barely warm, "rare" filet mignon, with a slightly warm crab cake and almost cold mashed potato's and asparagus, while my lamb chops (ordered medium rare) arrived overcooked. Of course, I had to sit and eat alone while they took my husband's meat away to be cooked and when it was returned it was burnt to a crisp on one side. We would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone, least of all our friends or family, and will NEVER return. Little Italy has way too many excellent Italian restaurants with larger portions, smaller prices, a warm family feel, excellent food and good service even when the restaurant is completely full. Once again we would NOT recommend this restaurant.

03/08/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Poor service, poor seating, lukewarm food, expensive

Don't believe the other glowing reviews, this restaurant is definitely NOT worth the effort. The good reviews must have been written by relatives of the owners. When we were seated on Sunday night, 3/7/10 @ 6:15p.m. there were only two other people in the restaurant, and we were seated right next to them in a table with barely enough room for our plated and drink glasses. We had to wait for the 5-7 minutes for a glass of water, waited to place a drink order, waited for dry bread and butter had to REQUEST a menu. Food came very quickly which surprised us, but it was because the food was barely cooked and only lukewarm. We would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone.

01/29/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Well executed cuisine but disappointing details

We went to Aldo's last night, it's restaurant week in Baltimore. We were planning on Cinghialis for Italian, but someone told us to try Aldo's. My overall review is that the food was very good, but the experience was disappointing. It's all in the details. When we arrived, the host was uninterested and waited a few seconds longer than necessary before looking up, so a bit uncomfortable. We were seated immediately, which was nice since we were early. A waiter asked if we would like sparkling or still water. Still, please. Normally I'm pretty savvy with the water trick question, but I missed it that night. The bottle of still water was six dollars. I noticed another couple being served ice water from a silver pitcher immediately after the waiter walked away and knew I'd been had. My partner was reviewing the wine list when he burst out laughing, startling me. Apparently a couple of bottles that we frequent at home were on the list and the mark up was well, insane (and we're used to markup, right?) A David Bruce (normally around $18-20) was $95. And a Robert Mondavi Cabernet (reserve) is usually about $30 and was listed at $165. I'm pretty much a wino, but could not in good conscience order a bottle with a markup like that. That's just stupid. It made us really suspicious with the rest of the list, finally settling on a Francisco (?) for $55. Now the food. The Restaurant Week menu was great. I ordered the grouper from this menu. My partner wanted the veal saltimbucco which wasn't on the restaurant week menu, so he did that. His audible gasp of pleasure when he took the first bite was pretty funny. My entree was fabulous as well. Egg breaded pan crusted grouper seared in lemon butter chardonnay sauce with seafood risotto and spinach. It rocked. I would recommend this place for the food, but only if you've got a thick skin to deal with snotty host, ridiculous wine list, and slick servers with trick water question.

07/27/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Disaster dinner

Went with high hopes, but dinner was literally a disaster. Our server was less than attentive. A martini came complete with floating gnat. Entrees were delivered literally 2 hours after we were seated. The two chicken dishes ordered by our table were completely raw in the middle (yes, raw!). Manager was pompous and unapologetic. This is likely an anomaly, but I most certainly will not return to find out!

08/09/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Extraordinary service, wine list and food

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding ann. here few nights ago.
Fantastic food to match an incredibly friendly staff. They've treated us like (royal) family.
The Beaf Carpaccio was the best I've ever had, and Orichette pasta was amazing as well.

07/31/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good Food, but Terrible Service

I had heard wonderful things about Aldo's, but tonight's experience was very frustrating. The food was very good. The lambs chops were excellent. The waiter (John) was very cold & seemed absolutely disinterested in serving us. Did not ask if we wanted another glass of wine. Did not ask if we wanted a second cup of coffee. To make matters worse, when the bill came, there was a 19% gratuity already added (for just 2 of us)! Very disappointing. We won't be back.

04/19/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Best Food, Best Service...What else is there?

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a dinner at Aldo's the past saturday night. What happened exceded our expectations and resulted in an evening that we will remember forever. We had a table in the Loggia. While we expected a high quality evening of food and service (as the price demands) we did not expect to watch two different couples become engaged! A quick dinner turned into a complete evening of meeting new friends! After some drinks, we agreed to meet one of the newly engaged couples out for drinks later in the week! Most fine-dining places have service that seems to be doing you a favor. After asking questions about wine, our waiter suggested a $50 bottle of wine! At Aldo's, we had a waiter who actually cared about our evening....even though we are not high spending big-wigs! A most unique experience and worth every penny! I know where I have to ask my girl to marry me! The Loggia at Aldo's! (p.s. get the veal chop butterflied! awesome!)

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