Olazzo - Bethesda
7921 Norfolk Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Open Monday through Friday for lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open Monday through Thursday for dinner 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10:30 PM. Open Sunday 11:30 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Fried calamari; spaghetti with meatballs; lasagna with Bolognese sauce; chicken cardinale; chicken Milanese; cannoli; sausage and peppers with linguine; eggplant parmigiana; penne with meatballs.
Appetizers, $6 to $8; entrees, $11 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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