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Olazzo - Silver Spring

8235 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910

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

Website: http://www.olazzo.com/silverspring.html

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.

Cheap Eats 2008: Olazzo - Silver Spring

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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