Cesco Osteria in Bethesda. Credit: Joe Zimmermann

Cesco Osteria celebrates 20th anniversary

Cesco Osteria, an Italian restaurant in downtown Bethesda, is celebrating 20 years in Bethesda, its co-owner said. Originally an 80-seat trattoria on Cordell Avenue for 15 years, Cesco Osteria moved into a 300-seat space on Woodmont Avenue in 2011. It serves pasta, pizza and Italian recipes including Tuscan bouillabaisse and prosecco-braised veal osso buco. On Monday, exactly 20 years after the restaurant opened, it is holding an anniversary celebration that will include cooking demonstrations and items from its original menu along with wines from Italy. The dinner is $100 per person.

La Madeleine closed its Silver Spring café


The empty storefront of La Madeleine on Georgia Avenue. Credit: Joe Zimmermann

La Madeleine, a French café, shuttered its downtown Silver Spring location in April, according to a sign on the door. Its last day of business was April 16. The chain has nine other locations in the area, including a downtown Bethesda café at 7607 Old Georgetown Road. Silver Spring diners don’t have to wait long for more French food—Lina’s, a French diner, is set to open in the former Piratz Tavern space across Georgia Avenue later this month.

Silver is expanding to D.C.

The interior of the Bethesda Silver. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Silver, the downtown Bethesda restaurant that is an upscale version of the local Silver Diner chain, is planning to open a location in Washington, D.C. PoPville spotted a liquor license sign for Silver under the Cathedral Commons Apartments on 3404 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The restaurant is expected to have 174 seats and a sidewalk café.

Bethesda, Pike & Rose restaurants participate in “Taste of Lettuce” event

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Restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You is hosting its Taste of Lettuce dinner at RPM Italian in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The five-course dinner features dishes from eight Lettuce restaurants in the area, including a ahi tuna tostadas and Real Cali Roll with king crab, avocado and cucumber from Pike & Rose restaurant Summer House Santa Monica. A dessert of salted chocolate caramel tart with chocolate ganache and vanilla Chantilly comes from Bethesda’s Mon Ami Gabi. The dinner is $85 per person.