My husband and I were being spontaneous yesterday and decided to venture outside our comfort zone (& neighborhood) and find somewhere "new" to go for dinner. So, after choosing the Rockville/Bethesda area, we pulled up TripAdvisor and searched restaurants. Olazzo was #3 on the list...and after deciding on Italian I started reading the reviews. They were truly on point!!!
We loved the ambiance...but it is a "tight squeeze" if you end up being seated in the main dining area. We had no problem being seated right away and for a Saturday dinner time...that was great. But, were about to be seated in a tiny narrow table that had a large party behind it, tables on both sides....and servers going every which direction around the teeny table. My husband was getting change for the parking meter...we didn't have any and although the meters allow you to sign up online and pay via mobile...we didn't feel comfortable. So I told the hostess that little table would not work. Luckily, I saw a man getting ready to pay his bill and leave...I immediately asked her if we could have his booth by the bar. She checked with who looked like one of the owners or manager...and we were seated.
Now, YES the restaurant was very noisy...so if you're looking for a romantic, quiet dinner for two...this is NOT the right choice. But, the reviews on how good the food is...and how reasonably priced were all true!!!! Hubby had a Stella beer...I had the Olazzo martini. My drink was nothing special...on the weak side. So, I wouldn't get it again..but the chicken cardinale and lasagna bolognese we had were absolutely delicious!!!!! For dessert, i ordered the cannoli and hubby had the lemon cheesecake. The cannoli was ok...but the lemon cheesecake was truly HOMEMADE...you could tell it wasn't bought from a US Foodservice or Sodexo type company...and it was sublime!!!! Our bill came to around $60...not bad! Each entree came with a small salad. The bread and dipping oil with balsamic vinegar was ok...needed some seasoning or cheese in it.
But...overall we were impressed and would go back. So...bring some quarters for the meter and be sure to visit Olazzo soon!
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