Bethesda Restaurants and Rockville Chef Named Finalists for Dining Industry Awards

Public voting is open for award ceremony in May

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Medium Rare was named a finalist for Maryland's Favorite New Restaurant.

Joe Zimmermann

The Restaurant Association of Maryland has named several Montgomery County restaurants and restaurateurs as finalists for its annual awards.

Woodmont Grill, an upscale restaurant that serves American fare in downtown Bethesda, is up for Maryland’s Favorite Restaurant, while Medium Rare, which opened last March in Woodmont Triangle, was named as one of five finalists for Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant. The downtown Bethesda steakhouse is the restaurant’s third location, after two in D.C., and is co-owned by Bethesda restaurateur Mark Bucher, who founded BGR: The Burger Joint and owned the now-closed Community at the corner of Norfolk and Fairmont avenues.

Enzo Livia, the chef at Rockville Italian restaurant Il Pizzico, was named a finalist for Maryland’s Chef of the Year, according to a restaurant association press release.

In the Restaurateur of the Year category, two men with local roots were selected as finalists: Mike Isabella, who owns Bethesda’s Kapnos Kouzina and a string of D.C. restaurants, and Bob Giaimo, the co-founder of Silver Diner, which first opened in Rockville and now has locations in Maryland and Virginia.

The winners will be awarded at a Stars of the Industry Awards Gala on May 6 in Ocean City. From Wednesday until March 28, anyone can vote on the finalists at the restaurant association website or on Facebook.

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