Team Dinner Recommendation? Rockville, Bethesda
We're looking for recommendations for Thursday (11/4) and/or Friday (11/5) for dinner for a college field hockey team, Italian Food, entrees under $15. Group size 22.
Bethesda, Rockville, or nearby.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
You could do worse than Mama Lucia's. Across from shady grove hospital. Fontina grille isn't bad either. Close to the shady grove metro in the king farm area of N. Potomac (used to be south gaithersburg).
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano on Wilkens Avenue in Rockville has a private room for gatherings up to 35 and has group menus of all price points. Don't be fooled by appearances - it's in a warehouse district but has had consistently good Italian food for many decades now. Family-owned and operated since 1977.
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano
12307 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852
That's Amore has a separate party room if necessary and the family style portions are a good bet for you. Food is decent, much better than Buca, and a nicer atmosphere than Amalfi's, which I think has gone down hill in recent years.
That's Amore Restaurant
10400 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste G5, Columbia, MD 21044
That's Amore is one step up from Olive Garden, and not a very big step, either. Cheap and plentiful is their mantra. Unless you're carbo loading for the big game, I'd stick with Amalfi's. If they've slipped in recent years it's from a four and a half star rating to a four. That's Amore has been consistent, but consistently boring.
I've had widely varied experiences at That's Amore.
My first two visits, both a fairly large business group, were quite good.
The next 3 or 4 visits, just myself & wife, only included one positive experience.
Another large group visit I'd rate mediocre.
A Christmas Eve family dinner in 2009 was horrible. I'd made reservations for a group of 12 to 14 a good month in advance. For 5:00 pm. They seated us in the bar area, and refused to offer a better table on the dining room side, even though the place was still basically empty.
The food was mediocre at best. The service left a lot to be desired.
Needless to say, I've not been back since.
Edit This was the Research Blvd location, Rockville