Olazzo - Silver Spring
Olazzo - Silver Spring

Olazzo - Silver Spring

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.olazzo.com/
  • Phone: 3015882540x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thayer Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Olazzo - Silver Spring
An authentic Italian with Old World flavor. Italian Cuisine, Martini Bar, and Catering. Come in an give us a try. Listed in the Washingtonian 100 Best Bargain Restaurants 2008.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Olazzo - Silver Spring reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (12)good for groups (11)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great, as always
    KAL90
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Love the ambiance of this neighborhood, family owned Italian restaurant. Food was amazing and and the service very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Udelmomdadcritics
    Udelmomdadcritics
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I only relied on open table info and was thrilled that everything was as great as expected! We had good wine and great pastas. We hit more traffic than anticipated and were a little late. Staff was very accommodating and it was a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The waiters were very friendly and attentive. Fantastic desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Look, honor your reservations
    cigarknightVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    ...OK, granted, I was perhaps not in the best mood...but, why does any restaurant take a reservation and then make you wait? This place is obviously popular...and the noise is incredible...but, I was so cheesed off by the wait...and the attitude of the obviously overwhelmed manager...that I waited to be called, as the remainder of my party waited outside...just to decline the seating...customer service is terrible, but it may be the best restaurant in the area as far as I know...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great iraloan place
    merskampVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Been coming here on and off for years. Affordable good food, nice close setting. Not too loud and always good service. Just avoid sitting by the door in winter!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    pamelaVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    this is a great location close to home with excellent food. I chose to take my nephew to celebrate his birthday. He had never been there and really enjoyed the food. I always get the same thing...shrimp and crab pasta with rose sauce which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite
    luvsredmeat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food is so good! This is my favorite restaurant in Silver Spring. I always get the gnocchi. My girlfriend got the shrimp and crab dish, and said it was good too. I can't say enough about how good their food is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FamilyMan
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My initial visit to Olazzo several months ago was delightful. It was five stars. This visit was disappointing. It was a late evening reservation (9:15p.m.) The staff had shifted to closing mode. Their emphasis was in getting us out the door. Food was not very good. We were seated in the front and the door to the restaurant was open and we were bombarded with the smell of cigarette smoke wafting into the restaurant from the smokers standing in front of the club next door. I know closing up is a priority for staff but it shouldn't be to the detriment of the late diners of your establishment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • getinherbelly
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everytime we go I try a new items on menu or the daily special. I loved them all. I always order the OLAZZO house drink. Its fresh n fruity. We come at least 2 times a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we come often. I love this place!!!
    getinherbelly
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We love this place good people good drinks good food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    RonNic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    But very noisy. We chose to sit outside on the street because of that. Food and wine were great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothappy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First time there. Clam chouder special had too much flour filler and too few clams. Veal Parmesan was tough and tasteless. Dining room setting was too dark making it difficult to read menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite restaurant!
    hbcarterVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Olazzo and go there whenever we have a free night out! Ryan the bartender is the best and always remembers our names and drinks! Best place in Silver Spring!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor experience at Olazzo Silver Sp
    Mel27VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Service poor. Salads did not arrive 30 mins after ordering. We asked, waiter said kitchen was busy. About 2 mins later entrees arrived. Sent them back then got our salads. They did remake the entrees so they would be fresh. Food was ok.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rob's review
    eatout
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Made reservation; expected a romantic atmosphere. Instead was placed at a table between the bar and the kitchen. Very noisy. The service was terrible. I had to even ask another waitress to bring me my check, it took so long.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No question that We WILL return!
    dingo677
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I made a reservation for my wife's birthday and very glad i chose Olazzo! The meals were outstanding and staff couldnt be more friendly and accomodating ! She and I have already made plans for our next visit! Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The restaurant was small, but charming. Service was timely, and the servers very polite. The arancini were excellent, as were the wild mushroom gnocci. The only negative was, the room was very dark. You'll be using a flashlight to read the menu.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian and more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Olazzo is one of the better places in downtown Silver Spring, with all your classic Italian favorites. The main dishes at dinner have been quite good, the decor and atmosphere are comfortable and the service is good. I've been there many times for dinner but this was my first time there for lunch. I had teh Roman Salad, with ordinary greens and slightly over salted chicken. Probably good for the quick lunch crowd from nearby offices, but a little too much like Olive garden and other chains for my liking. I think I'll stick with dinner there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice portions, great food.
    KellysVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The grilled shrimp was delicious and huge! Warm bread and dipping sauce was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I ate at Olazzo several years ago and very much enjoyed the meal but after our trip to Italy early this year for our honeymoon we have a new appreciation for Olazzo. As soon as we sat down, we were transported back to Florence, Italy with good food and great ambience plus it was famly friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was meh
    BruceincharlotteVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Odd that the meatball was cold. Maybe that's the way they do it here. The lasagna, on the other hand, was excellent. Service was off - the gal had too many tables and was running too much to take care of the ones outside to properly take care of inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    LoveAnnapolis
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was delicious, service was great! The lighting in the restaurant is a little on the dark side. I am young and had a difficult time seeing things. This is one area for improvement. Other than that, the experience was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little Surprised
    DougW
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    When I see such high reviews I expect an experience that is memorable. My martini was very nice, the Arancini (Saffron risotto balls) were very nice, my lasagna with meat sauce was loaded with meat and very nice, the caprese was very nice, and the Ravioli Rose was the star of the evening. The experience was 'very nice' but nothing creative or memorable... just a solid meal with good service. I was hoping for more but this is a solid contender for a go to place for a very nice meal!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly nice,
    yummy28
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is a hidden gem right across the street from my daughter's new apartment. I took my daughter and her boyfriend for an early dinner. All three entrees were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful food
    Cheery
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Sauce from a can? Very sweet taste. Eggplant was tough. Sat at back of restaurant near fireplace and back door/storage room. Very musty smell.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 257 reviews are from the Olazzo - Silver Spring reviews archive.
  • Mixed Bag
    Firesign
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This wasn't our first visit to Olazzo, and unfortunately, this time was a bit of a let-down. Some dishes were excellent (appetizers); others were average (eggplant parm). Adding to the oddity- it was nearly 90 degrees outside on our visit, and the AC was not running properly in our unusually sunny section of an otherwise intimately lit restaurant. Our large party had a small desk fan aimed at us, and not a word of explanation about the uncomfortable temperature from the staff. At one point, one of my obviously melting guests mentioned to the server that it was rather hot, and the comment was not even acknowledged. Server seemed shy and inexperienced. This isn't the caliber of experience have come to expect here and will try again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining near our hotel
    David
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were staying in the Silver Springs area for a family function, and my wife and I knew this would be our only opportunity to have a nice, quiet dining experience the whole weekend. We were not disappointed. we had nor only a great dining experience\, but great service and terrific food. And it was within walking distance of our hotel!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous local find
    mangiate
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was fantastic. Mussels in white wine were outstanding - could have eaten them all night. All of us enjoyed our main courses. Only complaint was a very loud bar patron using foul language - staff should have asked him to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for Dinner
    yumyum
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    All the staff were very nice and the waitress was great. The food was delicious and it was a great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints! !!
    getinherbelly
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was GREAT!! As always.. service was fast she also was attentive to us. Im really impressed with this spot. My party couldn't stop talking about her experience. See u soon!! Thank u!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Dinner
    BabaJan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is a great place for Italian dinner, nice and fresh seafood variety, nice appetizers, great servers. Service may be a little faster.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    RickyBobby
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went for dinner after my college graduation. We were sat right away. The food and service were great! Only down sides: the lighting was a little dark and there was a half flight of stairs my grandparents needed to climb to go to the dining room.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurants for groups
    Pharmac
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Come here often with clients on nights before FDA meeting.. great way to share american culture/food for people visiting from outside US.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food; hot and on
    YaNeverKnow
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Very good food; hot and on time. Service was flawless! The place is a little small; as are the tables, but overall, a five star dining experience. (Might even 'risk' taking my mother there!)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Nice selection of Martinis and Starters. Ordered the Shrimp and Crab Rose, which was incredibly flavorful and yummy! After the fresh Caprese salad and more than enough of the warm Ciabatta; I am so sorry that I didn't have room for dessert. Friends had Tirimisu which looked wonderful.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem of georgia ave.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary on Saturday in all that raining, however this was the bright spot of the evening. The food was delicious with generous portions and reasonably priced. I recommend the crab cakes, I was truly please.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    Fancykats
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is our "meet our friends from Va." spot. We love it. The food is consistently delicious. I love the simple way the pasta primavera is made. Our friends got the eggplant lasagna and my husband had plain old spaghetti. The brownie with the hot lava center was out of this world. Service is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Staff is knowledgeable about items on the menu and the food is absolutely delicious. Their rose' sauce is absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a good find
    profmom
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We were meeting an old friend in downtown Silver Spring and wanted a local restaurant near to her hotel. Olazzo came up in a search and it got decent yelp feedback. The restaurant is small and inviting. The food is very tasty. Dishes are of adequate size. The drinks were reasonably priced and the wine list extensive. Dinner price is probably considered moderate. Parking was our only issue but it worked out fine. You have to find a public lot and bring your quarters for the meter.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and imaginatuve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great service and imaginatuve delicious food make this a great Silver Spring find
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic