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Small Bites: Gaithersburg pizza restaurant ranked among ‘Food & Wine’ Magazine’s best

Plus: Shell Shack seafood truck coming to Silver Spring on Saturday

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Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana in Gaithersburg was recently ranked among the best pizza restaurants in the country by Food & Wine Magazine.

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Gaithersburg pizza restaurant ranked among Food & Wine Magazine’s best

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana in Gaithersburg recently received accolades from Food & Wine Magazine, which wrote about the best pizza businesses in each state.

Inferno, at 12207 Darnestown Road, was one of two selected in Maryland.

Food & Wine Senior Editor David Landsel wrote that “owner Tony Conte makes one of the finest tomato pies anywhere, a deceptively spare beauty with Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes, a hint of parmesan, garlic, and fresh basil.”

Some states were ranked as the “10 best pizza states” in the country, although Maryland wasn’t among them.

The April 28 story wasn’t the first valentine bestowed on Inferno.

In 2019, Bethesda Magazine dining critic David Hagedorn ranked Inferno among the 10 best in Montgomery County, and in 2020, Washington Post food writer Tim Carman ranked it among the 10 best in the greater D.C. area.

The Shell Shack seafood truck coming to Silver Spring on Saturday

The Shell Shack, a seafood business that started last year in a Prince George’s County food hall, is pivoting its operations to a food truck that will start serving meals in Silver Spring on Saturday.

The Shell Shack serves fried fish, coconut shrimp curry, curried salmon, crab cake sandwiches and salmon burgers, among other items. Entrees are between $14 and $22.

The Shell Shack opened in April 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in a food hall in Brentwood, according to the business’s Facebook page.

The food operation closed in January, with the business posting that it planned to start operating a food truck in the spring.

Shell Shack’s food truck will start serving customers at noon on Saturday at 920 Gist Ave., near downtown Silver Spring, according to its latest Facebook post.

The Shell Shack was started by chef Winthorpe “Skee” Spence, who was born in Jamaica and grew up in Queens, N.Y., before going to work in multiple restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C., according to its website. He has also been a private chef for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, among others.

Food trucks coming to Urban Winery in Silver Spring Thursday through Saturday

The Urban Winery, at 2315 Stewart Ave. in Silver Spring, is hosting food truck events Thursday through Saturday in which customers can preorder their food and be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Urban Winery. The events will also feature wine tastings for those 21 or older.

The Timber Pizza food truck will be serving on Thursday. The Taiwanese food truck Bun’d Up will be there on Friday and Flipside Gastro To Go (bar food) will be there on Saturday, according to the website. Each event lasts from 5 to 8 p.m.

Indian restaurant opening Thursday in Gaithersburg

Royal Tandoor, an Indian restaurant and whiskey bar, is opening on Thursday in Gaithersburg’s Muddy Branch Square shopping center.

The restaurant will serve clay oven specialties such as saffron paneer tikka (cottage cheese cubes, vegetables, spices), tandoori shrimp and seasoned chicken and lamb kebobs.

The menu also features a lengthy variety of meat, vegetarian and vegan entrees. Most dishes are between $15 and $20.

Royal Tandoor’s extensive drink menu includes wines, sangrias, scotch, whiskey, cocktails, martinis and bottles of beers. One drink can cost anywhere from $7 to $25.

The restaurant’s opening will be from 3 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, it posted on Facebook.

The Moco Show previously reported on Royal Tandoor’s opening.

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