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Sep 1, 2010 03:11 PM

Italian in Bethesda Md - need help

hello all,

I am headed to Bethesda MD for training in a few weeks. I love Italian and trying new food but I am not sure if open places are kept up to date for that area on the web. I am using the recommended city resource called but would love some real recommendations from real people.


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  1. i cannot think of exceptional italian food in bethesda. although some may disagree, i happen to really like OLAZZO for red-sauce italian (especially their linguine with white clam sauce & penne with delicious, huge meatballs. there is a restaurant called Pines Of Rome, but i think it is very mediocre. Mia's for gourmet, wood-fired pizza is good. and there is a new place on bethesda ave, but i have never been. i have heard mixed things about it. i forget the name. maybe someone else can help me out. other good food options in bethesda-not italian-if you are interested. have fun.

    1. it just came to me (via google search). it is called Assagi Mozerella bar and restaurant. a REALLY good italian restaurant is a few metro stops away from bethesda at the cleveland park metro. it is les than a 15 minute trip. it is called Dino.

      1. Pines of Rome- old school italian
        Tragara: expensive italian
        Assagi Mozzarella Bar: bistro new school italian
        Mia's: adult wood burning stove pizza
        Poisitano: old school italian

        4935 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

        Pines of Rome
        4709 Hampden Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

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        1. re: dining with doc

          I would steer clear of Positano's at all costs. It's average at best.

          Assaggi's not bad, but pricey for what it is and what you get.

          Anyone been to Cesco of late?

            1. re: nickdanger

              It is? Looked fine when I walked by a few hours ago ...

              1. re: nickdanger

                I assumed it was open, since the signage is still there, but I had not looked in the place in years. Ah well.

          1. I would discourage you from Olazzo. It's inexpensive, but very mediocre, in my view. I have only had white pizza at Pines of Rome; it was so-so. I wouldn't go back there - but it was packed with the blue hair crowd when I visited. I love Mia's Pizza; if pizza is what you are after, do check it out. Dino's (Cleveland Park) is excellent - worth a 15 min. Metro ride each way. I have not been to Assagi Mozzerella but have read good things. If you must stay in Bethesda and eat Italian, I'd go there.

            7921 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

            Pines of Rome
            4709 Hampden Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

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            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              Assagi has not had very good reviews, and it's not inexpensive by any means.

            2. La Paneterria on Cordell is basic and good; Sorrento's across the street is also fine --