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About Wildwood Italian Cuisine (aka Geppetto's)
Wildwood Italian Cuisine's is brought to you by the same chef and owners of Bethesda's beloved Geppetto's award-winning pizza and Italian food for the last 30 years - but with some new modern twists.
Wildwood Italian Cuisine offers a love affair between all that is American and all that is Italian. Our restaurant was the first in the area to introduce the thick-crusted Sicilian pizza with its inch high homemade crust. The menu also includes favorites such as homemade pastas, seafood selections, and a wide assortment of delicious entrees.
Come enjoy our Fiesta Pizza with black beans and avocado, or try our Meat Lover's Sicilian Pizza with ground beef, bacon, spicy sausage, prosciutto ham and pepperoni!
Throwing a party? Consider our private event room with flat screen TVs.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Italian, American, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Can't make it over and have your meal with us? That's ok, let us bring your meal to you. With a delivery area including Bethesda, Chevy Chase, parts of Potomac and Rockville our drivers will get your order to you accurately and quickly. In addition to our regular menu, we also offer a wide variety of pre-planned options on our Luncheon menu. All come hassle free, in large self serve containers complete with drinks and cookies. Mix and match menus to make the perfect office gathering or meeting. For delivery or pickup. 6 person minimum.
Free on-site parking.
Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wildwood Italian Cuisine (aka Geppetto's) Ratings and Reviews
We went to Geppetto's for Christmas Eve with family. The location was conveniently located close to the beltway. As it was in a strip mall we didn't have high expectations but it turned out to be a very nice find that I would go back to on future visits to the area. The staff was very attentive but not overly so. The food selections were a good variety of Italian dishes. The food itself was very good. Everyone in our party of 8 enjoyed their meals. They had a nice wine list (but I am not a wine drinker) and those that did drink enjoyed their selections. The ambiance of the restaurant was very nice too. I loved the Geppetto theme. I recommend for a nice meal with family. It would be perfectly suitable for business as well. Enjoy!
The appetizer (bruschetta) was a mixed bag of good (shrimps) and bad (thick and chewy bread). I wanted a pizza and got lost in the complexity of pizza description: I selected the wrong one, a deep pizza with very thick crust on which I nearly choked...My mistake but the restaurant would be well advised to simplify the choice of pizzas. Our server took good care of us. Kind of disappointing overall.
But this time the waiter was perfunctory, never came back to offer refills on drinks, check that the food came out properly etc. Had a hard time getting his attention for the check. The restaurant was only about 2/3 full, and there were many other servers, so not sure why this guy was so inattentive. Disappointing for a place that I enjoy and with usually very nice service.
Love the food; second time I dined at Wildwood Italian Cuisine; told my friend that service was slow (from my previous visit). They must have heard me as they brought out the appetizers before the drinks and halfway through the appetizers announced that the entrees were ready! Felt rushed and the restaurant was not even busy.
Wildwood is always wonderful. We went for Valentine's Day and had the most amazing lamb shank and steak. All the give you to cut the steak with is a butter knife...because it's so tender that's all you need. The lamb didn't even need the knife. It fell right off the bone.
We love this place and recommend it to all our friends.
I was unable to join my dining partner until much later. She was seated at a window table and well-attended receiving very solicitous attention from our waitress. She placed my order for me once I was nearby; my arrival was further delayed, so the waitress voluntarily took my entree back and reheated it; once I arrived it was returned to our table at perfect temperature. We couldn't have been more pleased with the service we received that evening. We typically dine here before heading to Round House theater for a play, and we always enjoy the food and appreciate the quiet ambiance at this restaurant.
I've enjoyed lunch at Geppetto's, but dinner was a disaster. We at for 15 minutes waiting for our wine, and had to flag down our waiter to get it. He had apparently never heard of proscecco or cava. Then, he asked one of our party whether he wanted french fries with his spaghetti and meatballs!! And he asked whether we wanted our check before we ate. (True, we had said we needed to leave by 7:30 for Strathmore, but we hardly expected to get our check before our food came.) Then, another long wait (for three main course salads and spaghetti??). Our experience verified what Tom Sietsma has been writing lately -- bad service can ruin a meal even when the food is okay. I'd go back again for lunch (the pizzas are really good) but not for dinner.
Gipetto's used to be our "go to" restaurant for good, light Italian food. It is now not much more than fancy American with Italian names on the menu. The veal piccata sauce tasted like canned soup was poured over top, the chicken and eggplant Parmesan war void of any spice, and the bread was without taste. Aside from all that, the pizza for the kids looked tasty, but that was at another table. Gipetto also needs to work on their lighting. We felt like the overhead halogen spots were more for a store window or display rack, but too harsh and "in your face" for a cozy restaurant. Where is my old friend Gipetto?
We tried Geppetto's since we didn't have a reservation anywhere on a Sat night. It was a nice surprise. The food was good; it was a solid meal, but not unbelievably delicious. We sat outside and I enjoyed that on a nice warm June evening. They had menus with crayons for my 3 year old, so she was happy. I would definitely go back since the overall experience was a pleasure. I hear the pizza is very good, so maybe we will try that next time.
Our experience was awful from the insulting waitress that felt like she needed to explain what a vegetable was, to the limited drink menu and horrible food (well, the appetizers were good). I hadn't been to Geppetto in almost 20 years, so I was excited when I found this location in Bethesda, but it was a terrible experience and I was very disappointed. The waitress also offered me a complimentary cup of coffee to make up for the terrible meal -__- When I told her that I didn't want the coffee, but would have a beer (because I definitely needed a drink after this experience) she was sure to make it clear that the beer wouldn't be free. Enough said.
This small but lovely gem feels like a neighborhood restaurant but is quite continental and sophisticated. Geppetto's is just the place for a super pizza, great eggplant parmesan, salads, sandwiches or more elegant dishes. The wine is very good though a bit pricey but the food is moderately priced and truly a bargain for the great quality of all their dishes.
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