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Cesco Osteria and Co2 Lounge

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PRICE RANGE
$30 - $30
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Menu

APPETIZERS‏
15
Prosciutto di Parma w/ Savory Fried Dough & Tangy Stracchino Cheese
13
Sauteed Jumbo Shrimp w/ Sicilian Caponata & Chickpea Puree
10
Fresh Red Beets, Goat Cheese, Arugula, & Black Olive Salad, Drizzled w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette
11
Pastry-Wrapped Portobello Mushroom, Goat Cheese, & Caramelized Onion, Served w/ Sweet Balsamic Reduction
10
Arancini, Traditional Savory Rice Balls, w/ Vegetables & Fontina Cheese, Topped w/ Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
12
Crispy Calamari, w/ Tomato-Aioli Sauce
10
Sauteed Maine Mussels, in White Wine, Tomato, Cannellini Beans, Garlic & Fresh Herb Broth
13
Salad of Baby Octopus, Calamari, & Shrimp, w/ Black Olives, Carrots, & Celery
13
Lightly Seasoned Tower of Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Avocado, Tomato, & Basil
12
Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Scallops, Served over Spinach, Goat Cheese, & Caramelized Onions
SALAD
10
Fresh Arugula & Grilled Radicchio, Dressed w/ Lemon, Shallot & Olive Oil, & Topped w/ Shaved Tuscan Pecorino Cheese
8
Roasted pear & blue cheese +4
Organic Mixed Greens w/ Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
9
Fresh Fennel, Arugula, Oranges & Walnuts, Drizzled w/ Lemon Olive Oil
9
Traditional Tuscan Panzanella, Bread Salad w/ Red Onions, Cucumbers, Tomato & Basil in a Light Lemon & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing
10
Belgian Endive & Mesclun Greens, Wrapped in Crispy Parmesan Cheese
SOUP‏
9
Ribollita, Classic Tuscan Vegetarian Stew of 14 Different Vegetables & Bread
SIDE DISHES
6
Sauteed Swiss Chard w/ Garlic & Olive Oil
6
Twice-Cooked Crispy Potatoes
6
Tuscan Cannellini Beans w/ Red Onions & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
PASTA‏
14
Gluten free pasta +2
Orecchiette w/ Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, & Cherry Tomatoes
16
Gluten free pasta +2
Tortelli Stuffed w/ Ricotta & Swiss Chard in a Butter Sage Sauce
18
Gluten free pasta +2
Vegetarian Lasagna w/ Wild Mushrooms, Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese
17
Gluten free pasta +2
Rigatoni w/ Sauteed Mushrooms Peas & Prosciutto in a Light Tomato Cream Sauce
17
Gluten free pasta +2
Pappardelle, Wide Egg Noodles, w/ Long Island Duck Sauce
15
Gluten free pasta +2
Penne w/ Eggplant, Tomato & Ricotta
13
Gluten free pasta +2
Angel Hair w/ Fresh Tomato & Basil
18
Gluten free pasta +2
Ravioloni Stuffed w/ Butternut Squash & Ricotta in a Mascarpone Cheese Sauce
21
Gluten free pasta +2
Squid Ink Tagliolini w/ Shrimp, Calamari, Asparagus & Spicy Tomato
21
Gluten free pasta +2
Seafood Linguine w/ Shrimp, Mussels, Scallops, Clams, Squid & Tomato in a White Wine Sauce
MAIN COURSE
21
Sauteed Chicken Breast in a Red Pepper Gorgonzola Sauce w/ Cannellini Beans & Roasted Potatoes
28
Tagliata, Grilled Spicy Top Loin Steak, Served over Grilled Portobello Mushrooms & Smoked Mozzarella w/ Rustic Rosemary Potatoes
26
Sauteed Veal Scaloppini, w/ Melted Mozzarella & Black Truffle Sauce
33
Grilled Tender Veal Porterhouse Chop w/ Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables & French Fries
30
Prosecco-Braised Veal Osso Buco, w/ Gremolata Sauce & Parmesan Risotto
32
Grilled Filet Mignon Tower Layered w/ Eggplant & Tomato in a Chestnut Mushroom Sauce, Served w/ Twice-Cooked Crispy Potatoes
26
Braised Fresh Cod Fish w/ a Tomato, Black Olive, Caper & Anchovie Sauce Served over Garlic & Olive Oil Capellini Pasta
24
Cacciucco
Traditional Tuscan‏ bouillabaisse
30
Grilled Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass, w/ Fresh Herbs & Garlic, Served w/ Stewed Baby Sweet Peas & Thyme
30
Grilled Marinated Lamb Tenderloin, Served w/ Braised Lentils & Grilled Vegetables
PIZZA ALLA FIORENTINA‏
10.50
Margherita
Tomato, mozzarella & basil
11.50
White
Stracchino, ricotta cheese & pear
12
Calzone
Ham, mozzarella, ricotta & tomato
11.50
Capricciosa
Tomato, mozzarella, mushroom & sausage
11.50
Cesco
Mozzarella, tomato, bacon, stracchino & radicchio
12.50
Four-Cheese
Mozzarella, gorgonzola, ricotta & stracchino
12.50
Golosa
Tomato, mozzarella,‏ salame, sausage, ham & bacon
11.50
Napoletana
Tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, capers & garlic
11.50
Contadina
Tomato, mozzarella, grilled vegetables, & goat cheese
12.50
Portobello
Mozzarella, fresh grilled portobello, smoked salmon & scallions
CRISPY FOCACCIA
Crispy dough served without tomato sauce & topped w/ fresh ingredients added after baking
12.50
With Marinated Veggies, Buffalo Mozzarella & Olive Oil
12.50
With Beef Bresaola, Arugula, Parmigiano & Olive Oil
11.50
With Prosciutto, Stracchino Cheese & Arugula
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wish I'd visited this place sooner! Terrific Itallian, wonderful pastas. Now that I know, Cesco is now on my go-to list for future Bethesda trips! It was a hot day, we were tired and hungry, and Cesco welcomed us in with its cool, elegant interior,...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Chang- G
Reviewed July 5, 2019

We had a business meeting in a private dining room in this restaurant in the heart of Bethesda. The service was friendly, attentive, and efficient. We had a fairly large group yet the dishes came out in a timely manner. Overall the food was excellent...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank David H
Reviewed July 3, 2019

Great food, great service, relaxed atmosphere! If you want a quiet evening with friends where you can eat great food and not be rushed, go to Cesco. The waiters are friendly and there is a huge menu. I had the best beet and goat cheese...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Gail K
Reviewed June 22, 2019

Very good variety of great Italian dishes prepared extremely well by Chef Francesco and served by attentive Staff.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank jadmvd48
Reviewed June 18, 2019

We decided to try this restaurant as we were planning a works evening out. it’s well decorated & has a nice ambience. However I was stunned by the attitude of the waiter who served us. He was a bit older than the other waiters there...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank BriBriUK
Reviewed March 31, 2019

This is a more upscale restaurant than some of the other Bethesda restaurants and we always enjoy our meal here. Very classy, nice atmosphere and parking is next door.

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Jillnt6772
Reviewed March 22, 2019

We have eaten at Cesco's three times recently and it has become our new favorite. Chef Francesco Ricchi is a true master in the kitchen. Can he make anything that is not totally delicous? The answer is no. The food is so wonderful, it doesn't...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank ExploreDuo
Reviewed February 4, 2019

Cesco Osteria is located a little off the main restaurant scene in Bethesda, but is worth seeking out. It is a well-appointed restaurant that makes a favorable impression for a special occasion. The tables are spaced far enough apart so that noise is not a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Robert G
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Relax in this lovely top notch restaurant with white table linen, wonderful service and delicious fresh Italian selections. We felt right at home even though we were casually dressed and were warmly welcomed!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Viree B
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Located in the City Center of Bethesda. Very friendly and observing staff. Fast service. Food Italian Style Home made Pasta

Date of visit: July 2018
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