A Native of Chicago, Illinois, Proprietor Joe Barbera and his wife Mary opened AIDA Bistro in 2002, starting with original recipes that Joe’s mother (Aida) brought from her family in Italy.
Their passion for great food and wine is reflected in their philosophy, “Wine is Food,” and shows with their diverse and progressive wine list, and the largest Wine on Tap program in Maryland. Joe has worked with local farmers and producers. The restaurant has received honors and recognition from area diners for best chef, server, bartender, Italian food, wine list, dessert and seafood.
Joe is on the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) Board as its Chairman, is past President of Howard County Tourism Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Board of Blossoms of Hope, a 501C3.
Both are also involved in St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, Maryland. Joe and Mary have raised five children, all whom at one time or another have been employed at AIDA Bistro.