Cheap Eats 2008: Da Marco
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Cheap Eats (2009)

Da Marco Italian Restaurant
Address: 8662 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-6999
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Takoma, Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Accepted
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Food Specials

Why go: It’s not that there’s no good Italian in Washington; it’s that the best, most rewarding cooking is to be found in such high-priced bastions of refinement as Tosca and Obelisk. But if you just want the rib-sticking simplicity of a red-sauce joint, you’ll like this tiny cafe that hand-rolls its own pastas and cases its own sausage. And you can get in and out for about the price of a night at the Olive Garden.

What to get: Fried coins of cheesy polenta with marinara; house-made sausage and peppers; fettuccine dressed up with reconstituted porcini mushrooms and a drizzle of olive oil; fettuccine alla amatriciana, with thick bits of bacon and onion in its zesty tomato sauce; cannoli filled to order.

Best for: A cozy, cheap meal before or after a movie at AFI or a show at Round House Theatre.

Insider tip: Portions are filling, and all meals come with a simple house salad, so two appetizers may be overdoing it. Not all the pastas are prepared in-house—look for “fresh house-made” next to the dish.

Open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.

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