Aldo's is the best Italian restaurant in town, bar none! They do it quietly, respectfully, and deliciously. It's on the smallish side, but believe me, it more than makes up for it in casual coziness and comfort. There's pictures of old Hollywood stars and Italian seascapes on the walls. There's big band, old standards, and some Italian standards playing softly in the background. The music isn't overpowering; you can easily have a conversation with your table companions. Mixed drinks, beers, wines are reasonably priced. The menu, from appetizers to desserts, is carefully and classically constructed. (No deconstructed small plates here!) Menu prices are also quite reasonable. Portions are very good-sized. In other words, you will have something to bring home! Waitstaff are politely low-key but very knowledgable and accomodating. Mixure of booths and tables. Huge pizza oven is the first thing you see when you walk in (They bake their own dinner rolls too). There's a couple of very romantic tables in the front by a stone wall partition. Bathrooms clean and well-maintained. Take-out available. Perfect spot for a quiet, romantic dinner. (If you're local, remember, it's behind the old mall!)
Tried this restaurant for the first time last night. The service was excellent, the menu was varied and the prices were reasonable. We enjoyed our meals, with the exception that they forgot to bring our soup before the entree. (they apologized and packed it and we brought it home, along with half our dinner as the portions were large). We didn't have their Tiramisu, but did have a wonderful rum cake (not made there). I read some of the reviews from when they first opened, but I would recommend at least giving them a try. I know we will go back again. Tried the soups we brought home today.....chicken noodle and pasta fagioli. Both had a decent flavor, however they both lacked substance. (about a dozen beans and a few pieces of pasta in the pasta fagioli and a few slivers of chicken and a couple of pieces of pasta in the chicken noodle). A suggestion for the chef would be to put more substance into the broths.
I'm not sure if I will return. Made a last minute reservation on a Saturday night, which they were able to accommodate. Had a nice atmosphere, and the staff were friendly & attentive. I just was not impressed with my meal. The garlic bread were the rolls that came in the basket that they put out on tables, they just added a little garlic. If I had known I was getting rolls I would not have ordered & paid extra for them. I was very disappointed in the portion size of my meal. I would hate to see the lunch portions. You do not get what you pay for, definitely left there hungry. For $17 I expected more than 1 piece of veal & a tiny bowl of pasta. They definitely need to add a beef dish to the menu. With that being said, the food was good and the ingredients were fresh.