In case you were otherwise occupied over Valentine’s/Presidents’ Day Weekend, chef Bryan Voltaggio has been making culinary moves. After a series of hints and tweets about a new restaurant called Aggio, the toque debuted the Italian-inspired spot on Valentine’s Day. The new restaurant-within-a-restaurant is located inside Range, though it boasts a separate menu and a white-tablecloth aesthetic.
While a pre-opening promotional video for the spot shows Voltaggio requesting a post-service meal of spaghetti and meatballs, the opening lineup goes well beyond red sauce. Voltaggio tweeted a menu that shows a six-course tasting option, riffs on classic dishes such as calamari Bolognese and prawns fra diavolo over buckwheat polenta, and an $89 Florentine steak for two with sea urchin. The next time you can try it out is Wednesday night; reservations are being taken separately from Range through Aggio’s phone line and OpenTable.
Just on the heels of Aggio’s debut, the Baltimore Sun reports a second location for Charm City at 616 Water Street. The Inner Harbor space is currently occupied by Tatu Asian Grill at Power Plant Live, which will relocate within the complex. Look for an opening by mid-spring, which will make a third Voltaggio spot for Maryland, along with Volt and Family Meal in Frederick.