Agro Dolce

21030 J Frederick Road
Germantown, MD 20876


Neighborhood: Germantown

Cuisines: Pizza, Italian

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10, and Sunday 4 to 9.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Fried squid; parmesan-crusted asparagus with prosciutto; wood-fired pizzas; farfalle with chicken, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and pancetta; shrimp sauteed with cannellini beans and radicchio; veal scallopine; chicken with walnut-cream sauce; rack of w

Price Details:
Appetizers, $5 to $15. Entrees, $9 to $21.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 6:30.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays


Wood-fired pizza and inventive Cal-Ital cuisine in a bustling trattoria.

January 2003 100 Very Best Restaurants

This youthful Italian trattoria buzzes with energy to spare. It has a creative regional-Italian menu, and the kitchen whips up daily specials--flights of fancy that keep things fresh even if they don't always work. Yellow walls with vivid murals make for a sunny backdrop; in good weather, tables are set up on the plaza outdoors.

Start with brittle fried squid or asparagus swathed with prosciutto and crusted with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Or dive into a thin-crusted pizza from the wood-burning oven. The inventive Cal-Ital pastas--farfalle with chicken, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and pancetta; sautéed shrimp with cannellini beans and radicchio sauce--can be split as starters or ordered as entrées. Some of the entrées, such as a savory veal scallopine with citrus-Marsala sauce and pistachios, are served over pasta as well. Among the interesting main courses: chicken with walnut-rum-cream sauce, green apples, and preserved ginger; rack of wild boar with pomegranate-balsamic reduction; wonderfully crisp duck confit with orange-star-anise glaze (get the pear-ginger chutney on the side); and salmon with lemon, capers, wilted spinach, and grilled polenta. The bold flavors beg for a simpler, sturdier bread than the focaccia in the basket, but the general exuberance overcomes the missteps. Highs on the dessert roster are a tiramisu in a clear glass coffee cup and the clever mousse-filled chocolate cigar.