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“Best Italian Food in Rockville” 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 349 Restaurants in Rockville
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Rockville, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best Italian Food in Rockville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have been to this restaurant ever since it opened as a carry out with no tables two decades ago. It was so popular that they gradually added tables, expanded, added a bar, and now just finished a redecorating. The owner, Enzio, who used to do the cooking, and his wife, Sandra, who now shares the reception duties greet regulars by name, know their favorite dishes and drinks.

Parking is a problem. If there are no spaces go around back.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Every bite of every course was incredible. This included the Monkfish Saltimbocca, the very inventive special of the evening.

The Napoleon is a must. Very light and flavorful.

The service was attentive and unobtrusive.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Consistently good Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A small local restaurant with an unassuming storefront but an elegant interior. One can tell that this is the regular dining place for many of the diners by the way they are greeted by the owners. Because they don't take reservations there is usually a waiting time which can be spent by the bar area.

The food never disappoints, their soups of the day are generous and tasty.Their wines by the glass are reasonably priced. Their pastas are excellent, i usually order the mushroom ravioli with pistachio cream sauce, once in a while I try something different; most recently the beef short ribs with polenta, I think I may have found a new favorite. Hope we can get back there again soon.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Great food after all these years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I returned to Il Pizzico after almost 16 years (moved away) and I was glad to see that the quality hasn't changed a bit. Food was great, ambience great and loved to practice my Italian with the waiters. They are also very accommodating with children.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem: between theHuge Flag and the Muffler Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Where I grew up, great restaurants usually stood in splendid isolation. But on "355" (Wisconsin Avenue which becomes Rockville pike, then Hungerford Rd, then Frederick Rd) body shops and car dealerships rule. So look carefully it's right before the big American Flag at a car dealership. Local landmark. It's a bit disconcerting to walk from the chaotic "Pike " into the gracious understated elegance that rivals the best downtown DC Italian spots. To me, restaurants are as my about the peaceful easy feelings they engender as about the food itself, but Il Pizzico scores high on both counts, probably accounting for it's survival in this tough neighborhood. I went for lunch, a potato and broccoli soup and smoked salmon salad, both great. The bread was not memorable, which costs them a star. Wonderful cappucino. Classy attentive service. Then back to the mean streets.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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