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“Just plain awesome...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Pizzico

Il Pizzico
15209 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
301-309-0610
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Ranked #1 of 331 Restaurants in Rockville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Gaithersburg, MD
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Just plain awesome...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I usually don't bother to review restaurants around the area where I live because its not really a tourist area and I imagine most customers are locals like me who know the restaurants around the area as well as I do. I have lived in the Rockville area for around 14 years and have gone by this place a million times but I never stopped there because from the outside it just looked like some kind of old run down italian pizza or sub type shop. It wasn't till I actually noticed that Il Pizzico is the highest rated restaurant in the area that I realized there might actually be a reason to stop by and see what was up with this place. I have decied to make an exception for Il Pizzico and do a local review though because this place is just so darn good.

The strip mall this restaurant is in was probably built in the 70's and for a long time the restaurant's exterior looked as such. They recently updated the signage and banners on the outside of the restaurant and have probably done as best as they could do with the type of building they are in. On the inside though the restaurant is well decorated in a modern style. I was told that they did this fairly recently before I started going so I can't really say how it was before. At this point though its a nice contemporary yet conservative environment that provides a pleasant scene to have a meal in.

What really makes this restaurant amazing is the food. I have now been there several times and everything I have had to date has been either good or fantastic. All the food tastes freshly made, especially the pasta! While I like pasta it's not typically something I get excited about. The pasta here was so good and fresh tasting that I can really say it stands out above any other restaurant I've had pasta at. They have an excellent selection of pasta's on the menu and I actually found myself wishing I could have more than one per meal. I have to call out the Bucatini which is as close to perfection as I can say I've had in a pasta dish. The nice thing about their pastas are that they can be ordered as half portions so you can enjoy them for an appetizer even if you want to have something else for your entree. For entree's I have both their veal and chicken dishes. Like the pasta they were perfectly prepared and tasted totally fresh. If there's anything bad to be said about the food it might be the portion size. Portions are reasonably small. If you go just order an entree with nothing else you're probably going to leave hungry. I strongly recommend getting an appetizer, entree, and desert if you want to leave full. Prices are somewhat high but given the quality of the food they are totally reasonable. Expect to pay $50/person for a nice meal.

Another strong element of this restaurant is the service. Everytime I have been here I always find the wait staff friendly and responsive. They seem interested in making sure you enjoy your food and always are happy to talk with you about any questions you may have. While being attentive, they never hover or get in the way of enjoying your meal.

If you are in the Gaithersburg/Rockville area and you want a memorable meal then you can't go wrong visiting Il Pizzico. Keep in mind though that they don't take reservations so it can get quite busy during prime dinner hours. They also serve lunch but I haven't been there for that so I don't really know if that tends to be busy.

In conclusion, I give this place 5 stars but I would gladly give it higher if I could!!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Wonderful food and outstanding service. For two, we shared the carpaccio and a salad. Then I had the ravioli with mushrooms and it was really outstanding. My friend had veal scaloppini, also excellent. For dessert I had the most incredible tiramisu I've ever eaten. LOVED this little place. Highly recommend it.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boyds, Maryland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Italy in Rockville MD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were at Il Pizzico twice recently with two different friends who frequent it often and are well known to the establishment. The most recent visit our host ordered "off the menu" for some tastings of his favorite things. It was incredible! Our entrees were delicious, accompanied by a great wine. After dinner, we were treated to prosecco or limoncello, or whatever we wanted. In addition, a tasting of desserts was passed around the table to finish off our meal. We will definitely be returning very soon!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Surprisingly great modern Italian hiding on Rockville Pike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Il Pizzico is in a humble looking small strip mall (even by Rockville Pike standards) near where we live. But it is really a great restaurant serving modern style Italian food. As others have said, its not cheap; appetizers are $5-10, Pasta courses $15-20, and meat courses $20-$25. Always pay close attention to the daily specials...we've had some blow-you-away surprises there. Staff really seems to care...in all the right ways. We see a lot of our neighbors there regularly...always a good sign it is maintaining it's local reputation.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, USA
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“pricey but great european style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

the place people around here go to take out clients and impress dates or just to have great food. home made pasta, truffle oil sauce, yummy seafood dishes and great service.

Visited January 2013
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