She walked in quietly, alone and just like any other patron.

But employees at Aldo's Ristorante Italiano quickly realized that the woman ordering takeout Thursday night was none other than actress Robin Wright.


The "House of Cards" star ordered a Caesar salad and a half order of the popular carbonara.

Wright told Sergio Vitale, Aldo's co-owner, that she came to the restaurant and ordered the dish after hearing the show's crew members rave about it. The Netflix series films in and around Baltimore, including The Baltimore Sun building. 

"It's a decadent dish," Vitale said in reference to the pasta. "I'm a fan of it. I can't eat it as much as I would like."

The key to the dish is the "technique, source ingredients, house cured meat," he said. "It's good pasta. Good pancetta, egg yolk and Parmesan."

In addition to ordering the food, Wright took a tour of the restaurant and even allowed Vitale and some staff to take pictures with them.

"She was amazingly gracious and sincere," Vitale said.

Vitale even asked for a picture, something that he said he would normally not do.

"I couldn't help myself," Vitale said. "I'm a huge fan of the show. I was a political science major in college. The show always keeps my attention. It's deliciously evil. You can sink your teeth into it."

Wright isn't the first celebrity to eat at Aldo's.

Last year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast of "Veep," which has also filmed in and around the city, came to the restaurant for a wrap party.

In addition to numerous Baltimore professional athletes, Donatella Versace, Jimmy Fallon, Scarlett Johansson and singer Daryl Hall have all stopped in for a meal, according to Vitale.

Hall frequents the restaurant with regularity, Vitale said.

"[Hall] said 'I have come here every time I've been in town. You just don't recognize me,'" Vitale said with a laugh.