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“Pricey, wasn't wowed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Aldo's Restaurant

Aldo's Restaurant
306 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202 (Little Italy)
410-727-0700
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Ranked #346 of 1,805 Restaurants in Baltimore
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Fawn Street
Description: “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 *
Joppa, Maryland, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Pricey, wasn't wowed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

While the atmosphere was nice, but the seats were in left us located on a loft type area over the bar, so it was loud. Also, the service was a tad slow, but nothing that really stuck out to us.

The food was tasty, but nothing really blew me away for the price. It was good, but I didn't see where the the price tag was validated.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hanover, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“$243.37 for Mediocre Take-out for Two!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

DO NOT GO HERE ON NEW-YEAR'S EVE! Or perhaps ever. The service and food was below dismal.
We sat down at 7:10 pm New Year's Eve, in evening dress, for a romantic dinner for two, with high expectations of a good food in a zagat-rated restaurant in LIttle Italy (Baltimore). We were seated by a window with no insulation between our shoulders and 8" away 32-degree weather, in an otherwise frigid room--dates/husbands were taking off their suit/tux jackets and placing them on their ladies to warm them. My husband asked me several times if he could get my heavy coat from the coat room. We were belatedly given menus, and noted it was prix fixe, $95+ drinks, tax, and a 20% prix fixe gratuity (explains the service). After an hour we were able to order from the menu selections, were very hungry, so looked forward to appetizers--which arrived at 9:45 PM! My lump crab cocktail was good (very large lumps), my hungry husband could only bear to eat half of his escargot and pushed the rest away. Our family was texting New Year's wishes to us, and when they asked what we ordered we could not remember as it was ordered several hours earlier. We missed the concert waiting for food. We missed the 8, 9, 10, and 11PM showings of a reportedly spectacular laser light show waiting for food. We missed all the Inner Harbor festivities still waiting for food. Finally at 11:40 PM with only one of the four courses served (appetizers) in over 4 hours I flagged down a waiter who came by the table and asked how we liked the 2nd course. We told him it never arrived, we were starved and if he couldn't produce it in the next five minutes, just bag it up with the 3rd and 4th courses---we did not want to miss the fireworks in the Inner Harbor too. He immediately brought the 2nd course: my husband's risotto was by this time simply mush--again he could only stomach to eat half of it then pushed the rest aside. My porcini agnolotti was crusty (from being under a heat lamp for hours?) and literally hard and difficult to chew. The 3rd and 4th courses arrived in take-out bags with gratis champagne, which we did not have time to drink, as we ran out the door arriving at the inner harbor just moments before the fireworks started. The food cannot recommend itself any more than the service. The only time we have been swindled more than this dinner at Aldo's Ristorante Italiano was when our car was broken into and things were stolen.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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baltimore, md
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“zuppa delish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Yummy italian food without the attitude..Our closest to New York italian..and the pasta fagoli..thanks for that on the menu!

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Washington, DC
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“Good food. Very expensive. Worth it? Up to you....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

It's hard to review Aldo's without confronting the price. It's very expensive, and the question is whether the admittedly good food is worth the price. I'm happy I ate here, but I'm doubtful about the value proposition.

We had varied and good dishes at our table. Yet nothing was truly outstanding. Nothing was best of class. The service was quite good, and the waiter carefully explained what dishes were available to those with food limitations. Substitutions were negotiated when possible.

In the end we were happy with everything, but the same type of meal can be had in other restaurants at a lower price. You might still come here for a special occasion, if you just won the lottery, or under other circumstances, but I rather doubt I will return. Dinner for two is likely to cost at least $150 and more, a price I pay now and then, but I want a more memorable meal for that price than I got at Aldo's.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lutherville, Maryland
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“Great Food, Like Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We had been invited to dinner at Aldo's Restaurant in Baltimore last evening by a couple who said it was their favorite restaurant. We were greeted by the owners and every staff member we encountered couldn't have been more helpful.

The first thing you notice is the wonderful aroma that fills the restaurant. Although the menu is not as extensive as typical Little Italy more touristy locations, every menu item was exceptionally well prepared. We ordered their special salad which was outstanding, along with thier catch of the day - a wonderful bronzini topped with crab meat. Members of our party also ordered two different veal dishes, a wonderfully home made pasta and calamari - all exquisitely prepared.

Dinner was topped off by desserts made in house and some house-made limoncello, highly recommended. We'll definitely be back.

I would recommend you try to get the smaller room in the front as there were two very large parties there last evening who were quite loud.

An added bonus at this location is valet parking, very much appreciated in Little Italy.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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