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“New Haven style pizza in Bethesda, Maryland” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Haven Pizzeria

Haven Pizzeria
7137 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
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Ranked #88 of 301 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“New Haven style pizza in Bethesda, Maryland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Connecticut seems to be a hotbed of pizza; even if it is self-proclaimed. (Remember Julia Roberts first big film "Mystic Pizza", set in Mystic Connecticut. Happy hour here is very happy in part because of the drink and food price reductions but also because it is a place with quite a few "regulars". New Haven Style pizza has a thin, yet flakey crust with minimal sauce that does not overpower the toppings. Service was extraordinary. Even though one of their mottos/sayings is, "Haven Pizzeria, Bethesda; Home of the hard to find, expensive parking." Bethesda, maybe; but the back door of the pizzeria opens to a very large parking lot, which maybe quite full at lunchtime, is quite cleared out by happy hour and dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Huuum...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Something seems amiss here, better than Pete's? not the day I was there.
The pizza was a soft doughy bland disc. I didn't even take the offered box for the remainder.
My wife was like "This is the New Haven style that you go on and on about..?!?" well no, not really.
Perhaps it was a off day, but my money goes to Petes.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had drinks and hors d'oeuvres at Haven - great value and the food was delicious. The service was also great. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the inside is really well done, complete with a big wood burning pizza oven. Definitely family friendly.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Closest You Can Get To Pepe's in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We checked out Pete's. It was ok. Haven is better! They have a real coal fired oven, like Pepe's. We were seated in a HUGE! Booth...there were only 4 of us, but this booth could have seated 10! The pizza was fantastic - the best so far we have had in Bethesda and upto this point all we can compare to is Papa Johns because nothing else even comes close for us. Mias? ok, Flippin' ok. PIzza da Marco...good but weak goey center with a molten hot cheese too hot to taste. Naked Pizza...ok. Vace..ok. If you like traditional New Haven style pizza...thin crust, charred with blisters that is cooked crispy throughout...this is the place! Also, we ordered the meatballs as an app. VERY VERY GOOD! On the downside, the place is kind of loud...but other than that, very good experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Overrated for Bethesda”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I too am shocked that this restaurant is ranked in the top 3 of all Bethesda restaurants. The food is average at best.
Perhaps the restaurant owners are posting the reviews on trip advisor cause when I went last week 80% of the tables were empty.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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