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January 20, 2021


We welcome the Mayor’s recent decision to allow Baltimore City restaurants to finally return to what we do best (and what has been allowed in surrounding counties for six weeks now): namely, to reopen once again for in person dining—albeit with new strings attached this time like limited capacity (25% indoors, 50% outdoors) and odd, Orwellian requirements like a one hour time limit on all in-person dining and stringent customer record keeping requirements for contact tracing.

We welcome the decision because it was wrong to close all restaurants so capriciously in the first place. Reopening is not only the right thing to do, the moral thing to do, it’s also supported by science and data. Today is a small step in the right direction for many in our industry.

However, at Aldo’s, prior experience has taught us that a 25% capacity limit doesn’t work for our fine dining business model. Reopening will require a significant investment of time and money. Before we can reopen, we need to be sure we can do it profitably and sustainably—and without further government curtailments.

Therefore, Aldo’s will continue to “hibernate” for a short while longer. All restaurant operations will remain suspended until we are permitted to operate at closer to 50% indoor capacity.

Notwithstanding, we are very eager to get back to work. In the meantime, there are two things YOU can do to help:

  1. Sign up for email updates at so you’ll be the first to know when we reopen!
  2. Support Baltimore City restaurants: donate what you can to the GoFundMe effort of the good folks at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Click here for more info:

With your support, Baltimore City restaurants will weather this storm. We look forward to serving you and your guests once again in the very near future.

Thank you for your support!

The Vitale Family
and the Staff of Aldo’s

306 South High Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21202 | (410) 727.0700 |

Baltimore’s Best Italian | Baltimore Little Italy Italian Restaurant | Aldos Italian Restaurant in Little Italy

Baltimore, Maryland is home to Little Italy, a thriving community of foodies featuring some of Baltimore’s best Italian restaurants and is conveniently located just east of the Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s Little Italy was named because of the large number of Italian immigrant families that moved into the area during the 20th century.

Baltimore’s Little Italy is an area headlining many Italian delis, bakeries, and several Italian restaurants for Italian food lovers. Aldo’s in Little Italy is one of Baltimore’s Best Italian restaurants in Little Italy and according to John Mariani of Esquire Magazine, is “one of the best Italian restaurants in America.”

Aldo Vitale, the owner and head chef, began his career as a cabinet-maker. Aldo crafted all of the restaurant’s intricate woodwork, including the beautiful mah ogany bar. The construction transformed two abandoned brownstones in to what has been called “a polished, romantic space” and “the most sophisticated restaurant in Little Italy” by Southern Living magazine. Co-owner and Chef Sergio Vitale is devoted to the menu; bringing the heritage of regional Italian cuisine to the heart of Baltimore’s Little Italy. For over 20 years, Aldo’s has been Baltimore’s most celebrated Italian restaurant.

“An Italian Masterpiece” (NY Times)

Baltimore Best Restaurants (Since 1998)

“Best Private Dining” (The Baltimore Sun)

“Baltimore’s Best Private Dining Rooms” (Baltimore Magazine)

When asked where to get the best Italian food in Baltimore City, Baltimoreans have a quick, easy answer, Aldo’s. Aldo’s Ristorante is located on South High Street in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood. Aldo Vitale, an award-winning Chef and the owner of Aldo’s was born in the Southern region of Calabria, Italy and is a master of his native country’s food. Aldo’s, Baltimore’s best Italian Restaurant, specializes in Italian cuisine using locally grown organic produce and seasonal ingredients.

Known as one of the best Italian restaurants not only in its hometown of Baltimore but across the nation as well. Aldo’s has received many awards and recognitions over the past 20 years, including the 2019 and 2018 Diners’ Choice awards. Baltimore Magazine named Aldo’s Ristorante as one of Baltimore’s “Best Restaurants” in 2010 and the New York Times called the restaurant, “An Italian Masterpiece”.

Little Italy was founded in 1849 to serve the growing Italian population. The neighborhood strives to maintain its Italian heritage and traditions while featuring Baltimore’s Best Italian restaurants around.

Each summer, the Little Italy community hosts an outdoor film festival. Free outdoor movies are projected onto a wall at the intersection of High and Stiles Streets. People bring chairs and blankets and watch the movie from a parking lot.


306 South High Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Reservations: 410-727-0700

Private Dining

Event Manager:
Margaret Occhigrosso
410-662-2284 |

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Baltimore's Best Italian

Aldo's Ristorante Italiano specializes in Banquets & Banquet Rooms. Banquets ↦ Banquet Rooms serving Little Italy & Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland.