We went to Geppetto on Old Georgetown in Bethesda Saturday night, with a reservation for 5. The wife and I were seated soon after we got there, pretty much in the middle of the dining room.
We found the atmosphere to be pretty good, but it seemed like it took forever for our appetizers, salads, and entrees to come. The place was quite busy, but a few tables had 3 different sets of people eat while we were there.
I ordered the pesto primavera which was a small amount of spaghetti-type pasta, enough pesto to notice, but not enough, and a lot of steamed vegetables (yellow squash, zuchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and 3 bits of onion) and it all tasted kind of bitter.
The wife ordered a plain cheese pizza, the small, not the individual size. it tasted like there was no seasoning whatsoever on it, no oregano, no garlic, no red pepper, nuthin'.. The crust was light and airy, though.
Our friends ordered the veggie lasagna, chicken parmesean, and salmon and none of them were terribly impressed.
Our appetizers were garlic bread and some kind of eggplant dip. The garlic bread was ok.
Eggplant dip was good, but the ratio of dip to bread wasn't enough.
At one point, the people on one side of the table had their water refilled, but the others didn't for at least five minutes.
I had read on here that they have a great ricotta-based dessert of some kind, but after two hours, none of us were in the mood to stick around any more.
I couldn't tell if they were trying to be a pizza place with entrees, or a fancier Italian place.
i think they also ran out of soap in the men's room around 7pm. I can only hope they refilled that.
I don't forsee myself going back there anytime soon as there are plenty of other restaurants in the area that I haven't tried yet.
Geppetto's is a local pizza joint that has been gussied-up just barley enough so that the parents can find something else to choke down while all the kids scarf up the pie. The pepperoni pizza is edible (although it comes with too much crust, too much cheese, and too much pepperoni). The service and everything else is awful and should be avoided at all cost.
Btw, there is an excellent little french place in that shopping center , Jean Michel, that I can highly recommend.