Bethesda Italian Restaurants

Bethesda offers several Italian restaurants, numerous of which are backed by famed Washington DC chefs. The Italian cuisine in Bethesda focuses on offering authentic Italian cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Restaurants can be found that serve traditional Italian cuisine from several different regions of Italy. Below are several top rated Italian restaurants in Bethesda.

Cesco Trattoria is an Italian restaurant that serves cuisine from the Tuscany region. This Italian restaurant, located on Cordell Avenue, has a warm atmosphere where they treat their guests like family. Cesco Trattoria’s kitchen is backed by renowned Chef Francesco Ricchi, who has backed numerous successful Washington DC Italian restaurants. According to, one of the best times to enjoy Cesco Trattoria is during an alfresco lunch on the covered patio. Recommended dishes include the homemade cavatelli with broccoli rabe, minced sausage and tomato, the osso buco in white wine sauce, and the zuccotto dessert.

Rated as the number two Italian restaurant in Bethesda by Olazzo offers an Italian restaurant in a casual and cozy atmosphere. Olazzo is designed to replicate the intimate trattorias of Italy. Olazzo serves southern Italian cooking with hearty red sauces. Olazzo is rated as a Top Cheap Eats restaurant in Bethesda by Washingtonian magazine. Some of the best dishes at Olazzo include the fried calamari, crusty chicken Milanese, and the spicy sausage and peppers with linguine.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, located on Bethesda Avenue, received two stars from Washingtonian Magazine. This upscale casual Italian restaurant is backed by owner/chef Domenico Cornacchia. The food at Assaggi Mozzarella Bar is based on cuisine from Cornacchia’s home region of Italy, Abruzzo. Homemade pasta is available in half and whole portions. At Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, several different types of mozzarella are served, including buffalo, cow, and burrata. The most recommended dishes at Assaggi Mozzarella Bar include the gnocchi with veal-short-rib ragu and caciocavallo-cheese sauce, pasta with blue crab and spicy tomato sauce, and the raspberry-and-white-chocolate cake.


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