Olazzo is closing in downtown Silver Spring after 15 years on Saturday. Credit: Photo from Google Street View

The popular Italian restaurant Olazzo is closing its downtown Silver Spring location at 8235 Georgia Ave. this weekend.

Olazzo posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that the Silver Spring location would be closing after 15 years, and that this would be the last week of service.

“It was always a dream of ours to bring our passion and hospitality to the area. Words cannot describe how appreciative we are to the community for allowing us to operate for 15 great years, but it’s time for us to focus on other pursuits and dedicate our passions evenly,” the post stated.

Roberto Pietrobono, who co-owns Olazzo and multiple other Montgomery County restaurants with his brother Riccardo, told Bethesda Beat on Thursday that business at the Silver Spring location had slowed in the past year and it was “time to focus on our other restaurants.”

Asked whether the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure, Pietrobono said it “didn’t help.”

Pietrobono said the restaurant’s last day will be Saturday, and he feels sentimental about it.

“Olazzo’s always been one of the most neighborhoody restaurants pre-pandemic where everyone kind of knew each other that came in there,” he said. “We’ve never really closed down a restaurant before.”

Pietrobono’s other Olazzo location, in downtown Bethesda, will stay open, he said.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com