Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria owner expects to open this week in Wildwood

Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria owner expects to open this week in Wildwood

Italian restaurant replaces Oakville Grill

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The Italian restaurant Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria will open later this week in Bethesda's Wildwood Shopping Center

Photos by Dan Schere

The Italian restaurant Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria is slated to open this week in Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center, owner Francis Namin said Monday.

Piccoli Piatti is a full-service Italian concept that will fill the space formerly occupied by Oakville Grille, which closed in February 2019. Landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust announced in July 2019 that Piccoli Piatti would open in 2020.

Namin said in an interview Monday that the restaurant has completed its health inspection from Montgomery County and is targeting Wednesday or Thursday for a “soft opening.”

The restaurant will specialize in 12-inch Neapolitan-style pizzas, which will be baked in a dome-shaped oven visible to customers. Among the pizzas will be a dessert pizza that includes a Nutella topping, Namin said.

Piccoli Piatti will offer sandwiches, paninis and small plates such as fried artichokes, Italian broccoli, meatballs and deviled eggs, Namin said. There will also be pastas and a fried calzone on the menu.

He said construction on the restaurant was forced to pause in March due to Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Namin, whose restaurants also include Fish Taco and Don Pollo Peruvian Chicken, said the pandemic has created a “stressful and challenging” time for his businesses.

“We’re not doing fantastic, but we’re keeping our head above water and we’re trying to weather this thing out,” he said.

Namin said Piccoli Piatti can normally seat about 90, but at 50% capacity can seat 42 inside. There are a few tables outside, too.

He said the restaurant won’t offer delivery, but will have curbside pickup and takeout options.

Piccoli Piatti’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Namin said Piccoli Piatti has hired about 20 employees and he hopes to hire 10 to 12 more.

News of Piccoli Piatti’s opening plans was reported last week by Store Reporter.

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

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