Zio's Italian Restaurant, Gaithersburg: YUK!!!!!!!!!
My better half wanted red sauce italian food on Saturday so we tried this place for the first time (which actually received pretty good reviews at some online sites). We were there with the kids so we tried 5 different entree's and it was a five-way tie as to which was the worst. My wife had eggplant parm (horrible). My daughter had a chicken dish with mushrooms, peppers and onions (horrible). My son had an italian sub (horrible). My other son had pasta in garlic and olive oil (horrible) and I had chicken marsala (which was perhaps the worst italian dish Ive ever had). The salads that came with the meal were pedestrian (Ive had better dressings out of a Wishbone bottle) and the bread on the table was stale. The place is filthy (perhaps one of the most vile bathrooms Ive seen in the U.S.) and the waiter spent most of our hour there talking to the folks at the table next to us. What a waste of $100 and I cant believe this place stays in business.........
Zio's Italian Restaurant
9083 Gaither Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Il Porto is solid as is Italian Pines on the corner of Darnestown and Quince Orchard. Both the owners formerly worked for Pines of Rome in Bethesda so there's a lot of similarities on all three menus.
9627 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Pines of Rome
4709 Hampden Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
I used to be quite a regular at Zio's, and always ordered the Pizza.
To me, it was the best pizza local to Rockville / Olney areas.
I liked the salad bar as well.
Due to health issues, cheese and processed meats are no longer on my diet, so I've not been to Zios in years.
I hope it has not really degenerated as badly as the OP states. On a rare occasion I spring for pizza for my employees, and Zios was always the favorite of everyone here at work.
I've never had anything but the pizza there, which is pretty good pizza for the area. I'm pretty sure the place is mainly a pizzeria with some other dishes thrown in as afterthoughts.
I would not, however, call it filthy - it's an older shopping center and from what I've been told the decor has not changed much in 30 years. Worn yes, dirty no.