The Jim Baldi story

Following a July 20, 2010 story in the Hook, which delved into the circumstances surrounding Bel Rio Restaurant's sudden closure and Baldi’s disappearance, the long-time local bookkeeper, bartender, and restaurateur became the subject of a number of local news stories. According to police, Baldi, who turned 49 on August 13, embezzled money from WK Foods and Proffitt Management between November 2009 and July 15, 2010. On January 4, 2013, Baldi was arrested in San Fransisco, where he was living under the name "Dario di Sovana," along with a young woman also rumored to be missing, who went by Eliana di Sovana. Details began to emerge about Baldi's life on the run as he awaited extradition to face charges.


California leavin'? Baldi gets hearingPublished on Feb 7th, 2013A month after his San Francisco arrest on embezzlement charges stemming from Charlottesville accounting work, former Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi will appear in a more
"Dario": A new name and other details of Baldi's life on the runPublished on Jan 23rd, 2013Local restaurateur and accountant Jim Baldi's disappearance in July 2010 came to an abrupt end with his January 4 arrest in San Francisco on embezzlement charges more
Baldi arrested: Accused embezzler nabbed in CaliforniaPublished on Jan 9th, 2013Former Bel Rio Restaurant owner Jim Baldi, who has been on the run since July 2010 after police issued a warrant for his arrest on a felony embezzlement charge, has more
The C&O: a friendly port in a stormy worldPublished on Nov 30th, 2010The C&O has always been the home of the second chance," says owner Dave Simpson, who has run the Water Street restaurant for 30 years. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO For more
Before Bel Rio: Jim Baldi and the death of BohemePublished on Sep 7th, 2010"First it was Clive, then it was Jim, who I'd known for 20 years," says Boheme owner Tom Fussell, of his former chef, Clive Papayanis (left), who has been charged more
Unanimous vote: City Council lowers nighttime noise law to 55dBPublished on Aug 16th, 2010Bel Rio, 8am, August 17: quiet for now. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Just five months after lowering the limit from 75 to 65 decibels, City Council voted unanimously Monday more
Baldi watch: Bel Rio owner faces embezzlement chargesPublished on Jul 29th, 2010 Former Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi appears to be officially on the run. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR A pleasant homecoming for Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi appears less likely, more
Baldi watch: Bel Rio owner's absence prompts media scramblePublished on Jul 27th, 2010Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Since the Hook first reported last week on the mysterious disappearance of Bel Rio owner James K. Baldi, local more
Where's Baldi? Bel Rio closes, owner vanishesPublished on Jul 20th, 2010 Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Bel Rio, the Downtown Belmont restaurant and music venue that has sparked a passionate debate over noise-levels more
Landlord gives Bel Rio a thumping of its ownPublished on Jul 16th, 2010The view from inside Bel Rio. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER After a persistent controversy over its musical volume and allegations of late-night rock-and-roll bass more