Il Pizzico
This simple Italian-American dining room is pasta heaven.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006

Il Pizzico
Address: 15209 Frederick Rd., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-309-0610
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 9:30; Friday and Saturday 5 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Shady Grove
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Arugula with speck; bresaola; carpaccio; gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce or tomato sauce; mushroom ravioli with pistachio cream; maltagliati with veal sauce; bucatini with creamy tomato sauce; rigatoni with fennel and garlic bread crumbs; swordfish with oni
Price Details: Appetizers $4.50 to $6.50; entrées $10.95 to $19.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Scene:
Food Specials

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

This strip-mall restaurant in north Rockville is the kind of place where the cooking takes you back to a time when eating Italian food meant eating Italian-American--when not even sophisticates had heard of agnolotti.

The short menu showcases simply and carefully prepared northern-Italian classics, from a lightly dressed tangle of arugula with speck and shaved Parmigiano to a generous plate of gnocchi whose lightly rich Gorgonzola sauce never obscures the flavor of the well-made dumplings, to a veal Sandra in a wine sauce fragrant with rosemary and sweet with raisins.

Sticking with a glass of house white or red is a necessity if you want to keep costs down, but there are some well-chosen half bottles of Chianti for diners willing to splurge. Be forewarned: Savoring and lingering over your meal takes work. For all the attention lavished on the food by the kitchen, the waitstaff is intent on turning tables; one course follows another with a brusque efficiency more suited to a truck stop. A parfait-style variation of tiramisu, heavy on the mascarpone and the espresso, makes a terrific end to a meal. Too bad the check is apt to hit the table before you've set your spoon down.

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