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Olazzo - Silver Spring

4.2
459 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Authentic Italian with Old World flavor. Italian Cuisine, Martini Bar, and Catering.

Voted “Best Italian Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine’s readers in 2015 & 2016
Awarded Trip Advisor's "Certificate of Excellence"
Winner of Opentable's 2016 Diners' Choice Award
One of Silver Spring's Top 10 Restaurants on Yelp

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
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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
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Phone number
(301) 588-2540
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thayer Ave
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Came here for a spousal birthday on a Friday night. Reservation was key, even for an early seating like ours. Small dining area felt cozy as opposed to cramped, thanks to high ceiling and low lighting. Prices were reasonable, portions generous. Server was competent and attentive. Small table was cleared quickly and unobtrusively between courses.

Food itself was edible. DH's crab cake, while majority-crab, was a bit too wet, verging on slimy. The frutti di mare was overdone, although that might've been less noticeable with a marinara as opposed to the white wine reduction I had. We did enjoy the pleasingly-crispy calamari appetizer. We were full by the end and didn't have room for a dessert.

Not wanting to end the night but not needing a table, we adjourned to the bar and had cocktails. DH's brandy was given in a rocks glass... he needed to ask for a snifter from the bartender who confessed he was new. The bar ambiance would've been nicer without a bank of TVs glaring down, but everyone seems to need to stare at a screen 24/7 these days.

Overall, we had a great night together, the food and drink while not extraordinary was plentiful, and the atmosphere was lively yet pleasant.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Lovely as always!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Earlier this week, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Orlazzo. The service and ambiance were very good, and the food and drinks were great! The specialty martini that I ordered was delicious, and the Lasagna that I ordered was some of the best that I've ever had!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We go here often, definitely the best Italian food in Silver Spring. This past visit was on Valentine's Day and luckily I made a reservation far in advance because it was packed. Regardless, the service was fast and friendly and the food was great as always.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Service was outstanding. Calamari starter is the best in the area. Our sausage/peppers over penne and shrimp/crab pasta were very well done and presented. Wish we could have eaten more dishes.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Great as always! Make sure to get reservations, they get busy.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

I had a lovely meal here. The service was great - the food came out quickly if you were really hungry! The portions were large and very reasonable. The fresh bread that started the meal was warm and perfect - crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I had the pasta and meatballs (two large meatballs) and my boyfriend had the lasagna. We were both too stuffed for dessert. Great experience and we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2017

The menu isn't vegan, but you are able to adapt their entrees to fit with a vegan diet. I loved the bread and the atmosphere! Very cozy local restaurant!

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2017

Food was amazing! Honestly some of the best food I have had in a while! Absolutely amazing! It was a bit crowded and we were kinda in the back where the kitchen was so environment was that great. Our waiter was on top of serving us so overall I had an awesome experience!

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2017

I thought it was fairly expensive for the amount of food you get. The food was fine in taste. But nothing exciting.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

pasta dishes are always fantastic at Olazzo. Drinks are always excellent and the customer service is great!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Mongomery County. Quiet, cozy and comfortable ambiance. Service is always very attentive and the menu offers a broad array of choices. Food is delicious and there is a decent wine list. A true gem.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2017

I've been there a few times and never been disappointed. The wait staff is very friendly and the food is great. I had a very good salad and my sister enjoyed the chicken parmesan as her birthday present!

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was decent and the prices are very reasonable. I would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

This is my wife and my second time. We just absolutely love Olazzo. From the appetizers to dessert, we couldn't ask for anything more. We have been in the look out for an Italian restaurant ever since we relocated from the North East where Italian food is a dime a dozen. It took us 3 years, but we have found our place.

Make sure to get the cheesecake.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2016

We waited 40 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation. We received an apology, but no complimentary glass of wine or dessert. We had appetizers at the bar while waiting, served without utensils or napkins. Once at the table we had to ask twice for bread and olive oil. The food, however, was great. Linguine with clam sauce was delicious, and the bread great for sopping up the extra sauce. The olazzo salad was nothing special. Will give them another try, with a reservation.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Everything works at Olazzo, except perhaps the fake fireplaces. Food is excellent and so was the service.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2016

I've eaten at the Bethesda Olazzo and assumed I would have the same experience in Silver Spring. The food was very disappointing. Baked penne was heavy and bland, with no character or flavor. It struck me as a dish that had been assembled well in advance (frozen?) and thrown into the over to heat up. None one else in our group was excited about the food. Lots of food though at a modest price, and the service was very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with great service. I had the chicken cardinal and my husband had the sausage and peppers, which we both thought were delicious.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

not a good place for people with mobility impairments. It is no accessible; I'm presuming it was grandfathered into the ADA accessibility requirements. But the food is great and the people who work there are the absolute best.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2016

We were seated promptly. They put us in the back room when we requested a quiet table and it was quiet until it filled up with people. Then it was loud. The food was average. I got the penne pasta and my relatives got the fish special; neither was special. The waiter was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Food and service were amazing. The signature drink list is great, waitress offered good suggestions based on taste. Will definitely be planning another visit soon!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

Went on 11/22/16 with friends and it didn't disappoint. Great service and very good food.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Olazzo's Silver Spring use to be my favorite local spot. Over the years service and food quality has declined. So I stopped going. But decided to try the faithful restaurant to celebrate my friend's birthday. However it was disappointing. The calamari was rubbery. The server wasn't too friendly; but was not rude either. She didnt offer the evening special -- I had to ask if there was one. Additionally I Informed her it was my friend's birthday and got no reaction. It was extrmely awkward. Don't get me wrong it's a quaint little place with awesone cocktails, which I still enjoy. I may try the other location to see if it's a better experience.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2016

The Italian style food was as suggested, very good and the portions were nice size also. Half price wine by the bottle on Monday was unexpected plus. My only problem was finding the place. For some reason GPS directs one to the alley behind the restaurant and if there is something to be done about that it would be a good thing. Nice evening and meal, quiet enough to have the discussion we needed to have.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2016

Consistently excellent dining and service meal after meal!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

We had a group of 7 people, everyone was happy with their food and drinks. Taste, portion size and presentation was just right, and the service was quite good. My 3rd time there, every visit has been good. Olazzo is becoming a 'go-to' place.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Was disappointed in the appearance of the restaurant. Looks like it needs a spruce up. The table tops are definitely worn and in general it just looks a bit run down. Also, I have never understood why music is played so loudly in restaurants. We were in the back room and maybe sitting under the speakers, so we asked politely if they could turn down the music which they didn't do as far as we could tell. So by the time we left, the music was loud and the restaurant had filled up which made having a conversation a bit trying.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Love the Silver Spring location so much more than Bethesda.
Olazzo SS is so much cozier than many restaurants and the service is great.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Food was really great. Portions were really big and everyone loved their individual dishes. Atmosphere and service were also really great!

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2016

We had 4 people in our party. Shrimp with pesto was excellent even without the cream added. Just the right balance of sauce to food. Mango salmon was very tasty although mango wasn't very ripe. Crab cakes were divine. Big pieces of crab. Hubby ordered Veal parm and had to send it back as veal was tough and hard to cut...had chicle parm instead. Pleasant meal overall, reasonably priced too.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Our party of 4 had dinner here for the first time and loved all of the Italian food options on the menu, and the choices that we made. We took advantage of the bruschetta appetizer, the chicken cardinale, eggplant, and penne entrees, and the tiramisu dessert. The restaurant format is informal (booths next to the bar with multiple TVs). We spent $150 including drinks, tax, and tip, and we are looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

This was our 3rd time at Olazzo. And it has become a favorite for when we visit our son at Umd. The food is consistently good and the staff friendly and accommodating

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Good Italian, good service, good drinks (wine and mixed drinks).

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2.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Waitress did not come by to ask me if I needed something while I was waiting for a friend for the whole hour I was waiting. The door was kept open and as a result, the smoke from outside was brought in. Even when I complained, manager didn't close the door till everyone else had left. He kept saying that people like to get fresh air.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2016

My entree was excellent and the portion size just right.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

3rd time here and service is always great. Food is reasonably priced and very flavorful.

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3.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Always good food, great atmosphere, and excellent value. However, service was sub-par this visit, with our waitress not being attentive or prompt.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Frank was a busboy but he should be a server. He was checking in on our waters, drinks, and plates to be cleared every 5 minutes. His service was impeccable for my first date

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2.0Dined on August 30, 2016

Very disappointing in terms of the food and drinks.

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