1093 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Neighborhood: Potomac/Cabin John
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Monday through Thursday, 11:30 to 9:30; Friday,10:30 AM to 10 PM; Saturday, 10:30 AM to 3 PM, 4:30 to 10; Sunday, 10:30 AM to 3 PM, 4:30 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Entrees, $11.95 to $20.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Cuisine: Antipasti, pastas, grilled fish, and meats sidestep the clichés found at most neighborhood Italian eateries—chef/owner Davide Megna spent his formative cooking years in Piedmont. Wood-oven pizzas are some of the best around.
Mood: Black-and-white photos of Italian celebs such as Sophia Loren set the scene in the boisterous dining room, where owner/manager Roberto Deias greets guests and keeps an eye on things.
Best for: Dinner with extended family and celebrations on a budget.
Best dishes: Crunchy calamari fritti; thin-crusted Margherita pizza; grilled whole fish of the day with olive oil, lemon, and herbs; linguine with baby clams; fettuccine with veal ragu; Capri-style chocolate-and-nut cake.
Insider tips: Deias is from Sardinia, and there are several fine, reasonably priced Sardinian wines on the list. In summer, outdoor tables are a respite from the high volume inside.