We've been going to the Pines of Rome since Bethesda was a small town without the metro-associated highrises. When there were local shops and stores. Thankfully, this establishment remains open despite all of the new building and activity in the area (making parking a problem, but on a weeknight, the garage across the street is $6 bucks).
The food is not gormet, but is highly satisfying. Start with a white pizza as an appetizer, but first make sure that you check out the chalk-boad specials. Something is always new and interesting. The pasta is freshly made, al dente, and accompanies most dishes. The seafood is excellent, the meats acceptable, but the pasta dishes are really great. Manicotti, ravioli, etc. etc. The old standards, well done, served efficiently in a family-friendly atmosphere. The wine list by the bottle is expensive, but the house wine by the litre is perfectly fine and reasonably priced.
Is this a foodie place? Not realy. But it is a satisfying place where, year after year, the traditional family-style neighborhod place continues to offer what we're looking for.
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