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Dec 29, 2003 03:24 PM

Italian restaurants in MD?

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Loved Il Pizzico, haven't tried any others.
Olazzo vs. Buon Giorno?

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  1. Olazzo is very good. I have had lunch a few times. Not fancy at all, but good food at reasonable prices.

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    1. re: hm

      With the caveat that I have not been to Olazzo, I must say that it _looks_ overpriced to me, particularly the pasta dishes.

      For a "traditional" Italian American red sauce kind of place, that emphasizes portions and price, an old standby is still Pines of Rome. Inconsistent quality, but some gems.

      1. re: Dan

        Two more "traditional" choices:

        Ledo's in Langley Park (don't miss the minestrone)

        Vicino's in Slver Spring

        1. re: Dan

          I second Pines of Rome in Bethesda, for an old-fashioned type of experience. Red-checked tablecloth decor, bargain prices. Reminds me a little of AV.

          1. re: Dan

            I much prefer Olazzo to Pines of Rome.

            Red sauce at Pines of Rome reminds me of canned stewed tomatos. Their white pizza has been consistently delish over the years, though.

            Olazzo is a bit faancier than Pines of Rome, but the flavors taste fresh fresh fresh and never canned. (With the exception of fried calamari - but maybe I had it on an off night...)

        2. Haven't been to Buon Giorno in years; lately have enjoyed Mamma Lucia (numerous MoCo locations) for their tremendous pastas (quality and quantity!) I would also consider La Panetteria in Bethesda; it's a family-run red sauce kind of place, with a beautiful interior and nicely done whole fish specials. The linguine al pesto also lingers in the memory.


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          1. re: Gareth

            I also have been enjoying Mamma Lucia lately. However, only the Rockville Pike or Bethesda location. The location at Fallsgrove (by Shady Grove hospital), is very inconsistant.

          2. No one has mentioned Pasta Plus in Laurel. We lived in Laurel for 27 years before moving to Bethesda, and it is about the only thing we miss. Predictable menu plus specials, run by two brothers, with Max in the front of the house making sure everything is done correctly. And the food is very tasty.

            Located between the two side of Route 1 and the two sides of Route 198,(that will make sense once you get there) in a small strip mall next to Arby's. Not a promising location. Only problem is no reservations and often a wait - which is worth it!

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            1. re: JML3

              I'll second this. Pasta Plus has great handmade pasta with a wide variety of sauce options. Get there early or prepare to wait, even on some weeknights.

            2. What about Letterio's in Frederick?

              1. Il Pinito is similar to Il Pizzico and is very good. It's on Nicholson Lane between White Flint and the big chinese grocery store.