TESTACCIO & OSTERIA LANGHE
Born and raised in both Italy and Belgium, Aldo basically grew up in his father’s Italian restaurant in the heart of Brussels. It was there, that his love for the restaurant industry took off. After graduating with honors from one of the top restaurant schools in Europe, CERIA, Aldo had the opportunity to learn and work in some of the best 1 and 2 star restaurants in Brussels, training in both back and front of the house. This opened many doors for Aldo and in 1988 he landed in New York City where he continued to expand his resume and learn from working in some of the best fine dining spots there like San Domenico and Le Perigord. From New York he moved to the opposite side of the country to work in some of the best Los Angeles fine dining restaurants: L’Orangerie, La Toque, Fleur de Vin, Celestino and Patina. After covering both coasts, Aldo found himself settling down in Chicago as the general manager of Carlucci, a Lincoln Park institution at the time before . In 1994, Aldo opened Savarin in River North with legendary Chef John Hogan, and Ditka’s Restaurant in 1995 before focusing on another side of the business that is very near and dear to his heart: wine. After representing some of the best Italian wineries from Piemonte, Aldo wanted to bring his love of the region to Logan Square. In 2014, Osteria Langhe opened. After six successful years, Aldo wanted to introduce his love for another part of Italy: the neighborhood of Testaccio in Rome.