Cheap Eats 2008: Olazzo - Silver Spring
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Olazzo - Silver Spring
Address: 8235 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-2540
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30 PM. Open Sunday 11:30 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Fried calamari; lasagna Bolognese; chicken Milanese; sausage and peppers with linguine; eggplant parmigiana; penne with meatballs.
Price Details: Dinner starters, $6 to $8; main courses, $12 to $16.

Why go: Owners Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono have conjured up the intimate trattorias of Little Italy at their original location in Bethesda and an outpost in Silver Spring. The hearty, red-sauce plates, many from family recipes, make Olazzo an appealing respite for diners weary of hypertrendy Italian cooking.

What to get: Fried calamari, enough for two to share; crusty chicken Milanese; spicy sausage and peppers with linguine; eggplant parmigiana that isn’t deluged with cheese; penne with meatballs in a long-simmered marinara; hearty lasagna Bolognese.

Best for: An early dinner with the kids or a romantic grownup evening later on.

Insider tip: The small but reasonable wine list is an even better deal on Monday nights, when bottles are half price; martinis are $5 on Tuesday nights.

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