Located just east of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a historic seaport and tourist attraction, Little Italy is one of the city’s busiest and most celebrated restaurant districts. If you are looking for the finest and most authentic Italian restaurant in Baltimore, this is where you will find it. The neighborhood is home to an thriving Italian ethnic community that began when an abundance of Italian immigrant families migrated to the area during the 20th century.
Aldo Vitale, the award-winning chef and owner of Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano, emigrated to the United States in 1961 from the southern region of Calabria, Italy. His background in fine artisan woodworking helped him attain a keen eye for detail that he fused with his lifelong passion for culinary arts to bring an unmatched dining experience to the Little Italy neighborhood. Pairing decades of culinary experience with his native Italian roots, Aldo has mastered simple yet sophisticated cuisine and he believes his dining space should speak to that. The decor in his Italian restaurant in Baltimore is elegant, polished, and largely his own, having crafted all of the restaurant’s intricate woodwork, including the stunning mahogany bar.
Local and National Praise for Aldo’s Italian Restaurant in Baltimore
Today, Aldo’s Italian restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy is not only known to many as the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore, but John Mariani of Esquire Magazine called it, “One of the Best Italian Restaurants in America.” That being said, it should come as no surprise that Aldo’s is the Zagat Survey’s highest-scoring Italian restaurant in the state of Maryland. Further local and national praise for Aldo’s Italian restaurant in Baltimore:
- “An Italian masterpiece” –The New York Times
- “If the architecture… isn’t enough to make you feel transported overseas, the food will clinch it. Whatever you order at Aldo’s, it’s bound to be the best Italian you’ve ever tasted, even if you recently toured Italy.” -The Sunday Paper, Atlanta, GA
- “The most sophisticated restaurant in Little Italy” –Southern Living Magazine
- Maryland’s “Best Private Dining” –The Baltimore Sun
- “Baltimore’s Best Private Dining Rooms” –Baltimore Magazine
Celebrity Sightings at Aldo’s Italian Restaurant in Baltimore
Aldo’s Italian Restaurant in Baltimore has long been a staple in its Little Italy neighborhood, and it’s not just a favorite for the locals. Over the years, many celebrities passing through Baltimore for music and film work have taken the time to dine at Aldo’s in Little Italy. Learn more about these famous celebrity sightings:
- With several Italian restaurants in Baltimore to choose from, the Baltimore native and renowned actress Anna Faris was spotted with her husband, rising star Chris Pratt (from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) dining at Aldo’s.
- After tweeting fans for recommendations on where to find “great Italian” food in Baltimore, country singer LeAnn Rimes took her party of three to Aldo’s and enjoyed veal meatballs, colossal lump crab cocktail, Maine lobster risotto, housemade limoncello, and more. The verdict? Shortly after dinner, the star tweeted, “yummy yummy.”
- Daryl Hall of the ‘80s musical superduo Hall & Oates (best known for their songs “Maneater”, “Sara Smile,” and “You Make My Dreams”) made a reservation for dinner in 2010 following their concert at the nearby Pier 6. The pair had Chef Aldo’s house-cured charcuterie: pancetta & sopressata, arancini, soft shell crab, Zuppa di Pesca, and more. After topping the meal off with Affogato for dessert (vanilla gelato, espresso, and sambuca), Hall posed for a photo with Chef Aldo Vitale and his son Sergio Vitale.
- When touring the country for his one-man show, actor Chazz Palminteri was on the hunt for the perfect Italian meal. He ordered a classic linguine marinara (a means of testing any kitchen for simplistic authenticity) at 31 different establishments and they all fell short – that is, until he chose to dine at the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore. In 2009 Palminteri placed his fateful linguine order to the chef at Aldo’s in Little Italy, and the rest is history. So impressed that he had finally been served the dish that met his standards, he came back to Aldo’s the next 10 nights in a row. Now, together with the owners of Aldo’s, Palminteri has executed his dream project of opening a nearby Italian-American table restaurant in Harbor East – Chazz: A Bronx Original.
What Are You Waiting For? Make Your Reservation to Dine at the Most Celebrated Italian Restaurant in Baltimore
Aldo Vitale and his son Sergio Vitale work daily to create delicately balanced, southern-influenced regional Italian cuisine using exceedingly fresh and local ingredients. They believe that as their guest, you deserve nothing less. Make your reservation now to dine at the most celebrated Italian restaurant in Baltimore.