Bryan Voltaggio, the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Volt and Family Meal in his hometown of Frederick, and Range in Washington, will open his first restaurant in Baltimore.
The restaurant, Aggio, will be Voltaggio's second Italian fine-dining restaurant. It will open at 616 Water St., in the space now occupied by Tatu Asian Grill at Power Plant Live, a spokeswoman for Voltaggio said.
The first Aggio location opened Friday in Washington. The restaurant features a menu inspired by authentic classics that use sustainable, domestic ingredients treated with classic and progressive techniques.
Tatu, which opened in 2010, will be relocated in a modified format elsewhere within the Power Plant complex, according to Alex Fine, development director for The Cordish Companies, which operates the Power Plant.
"Tatu will be going into another part of the venue. It will be a sushi lounge with a great private event space," Fine said.
Tatu will close its current format later this week, Fine said, and Aggio should be open by mid spring.
"This was an opportunity to upgrade and enhance the [Power Plant] district by bringing such an acclaimed Top Chef," he said.
Voltaggio was recently announced as one of headline chefs for The Emporiyum, a two-day food market coming to Fells Point in April. At the time of the announcement, Voltaggio told The Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore is where I spent a lot of time growing up as a child and where I spend a lot of time with my family on days off."
Voltaggio first came to wide public attention as a finalist on "Top Chef Season 6," and is the first chef to compete on both "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters."