Born the sons of Italian immigrants, brothers Riccardo and Roberto Pietrobono opened Olazzo Bethesda in 2002. Taking a tiny storefront property with a history of failed restaurants, the Pietrobono brothers transformed the place into a critically-acclaimed neighborhood spot. With menu items reminiscent of their days growing up in a pasta-centric household, the brothers have given the Bethesda area a taste of Italian-American cuisine for over 10 years.
Along the way Olazzo has collected numerous accolades, such as Best Red Sauce Italian Restaurant (City Paper), Best Overall Restaurant (Silver Spring Voice), and six-time Top 100 best Bargain Restaurant (Washingtonian).
In 2007, Riccardo and Roberto picked their childhood home of Silver Spring to launch the second outpost of Olazzo. Using only the freshest ingredients, Olazzo offers concise, well-executed classics such as Lasagna Bolognese, Linguine with Sausage and Peppers, and Penne Pasta with Homemade Meatballs. Nightly specials include Monday night half-priced bottles of wine and the popular $5 Martini Night on Tuesdays.