4926 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, American
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10:30, Sunday 11:30 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Romaine salad; broccolini; beef-veal-and-pork meatballs, alone or in a trio of sliders; arugula-pear-and-Gorgonzola salad; among the pizzas, the simple Mia’s or Margherita, the spicy Arrabiata, the mussel-topped Di Mare, or the Salsiccia, shingled with s
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
One of the first things you see in this sunny slip of a pizzeria is a fire blazing in the yellow-tiled oven. That’s where the magic happens, whether it’s turning out a textbook Margherita pizza or a pie created with heat-seekers in mind featuring pepperoni, garlic, olives, and hot peppers. Pizzas are the stars of the show, but small plates such as zesty meatballs on slider buns, fried fingerlings with aïoli, and deviled eggs make nice opening acts. At prime time, service is bustling and the place is loud with kids clamoring for the cupcake tree in the back of the restaurant. A selection of pizza-friendly wines takes the edge off.
Also good: Arugula salad with pears and Gorgonzola; meatball sub; linguine with clams; white clam pizza; Salsiccia pizza with sausage, pepperoni, and portobellos.