Plan a Cozy Italian Meal at Olazzo

Next time you find yourself craving a classic plate of pasta, consider heading over to Olazzo. This family-owned Bethesda eatery has been serving up Italian specialties for more than a decade.

Regulars suggest that as soon as you're seated, you should order a plate of fried calamari (served with house-made marinara) to split as an appetizer. As you're noshing, you can peruse the full menu at your leisure. Eggplant parmesan is a perennial favorite thanks to its crispy, mozzarella-topped exterior, and the kitchen’s hand-rolled meatballs are pretty popular, too, and you can even order them as a salad topping if you want to be sure to get your greens. Entrees like wild mushroom gnocchi and ravioli rose fill out the menu. In addition to serving tasty food, Olazzo has a reputation for being a particularly good place to go on a casual date, thanks to its warm and intimate atmosphere (think exposed brick walls, rustic lighting, and plenty of tables for two).