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Editor’s Note: The lease for the space housing Pacci’s Pizzeria has been sold to a new owner. Read more in Bethesda Beat.
What makes Pacci’s in Silver Spring—which North Potomac resident Spiro Gioldasis opened in 2010—really special isn’t the pizza. Sure, they churn out perfectly lovely 11-inch Neapolitan-inspired pies from their bright-red, oak-fired Wood Stone oven, but what makes the clientele truly loyal is the friendly service and pleasant setting. In warm weather, you can’t beat the 50-seat outdoor patio. Bistro lights, umbrellas, fabric swags, tiled tabletops and palm trees with verdant fronds wafting in the breeze create a relaxed environment that seems more like a side street off an Italian piazza than steps away from the hustle and bustle of Georgia Avenue.
The Parmigianella pizza is a standout here. Its perimeter has plenty of puffed and charred dough bubbles, and its sauce is simply a purée of uncooked San Marzano tomatoes. The toppings are eggplant roasted in the wood-fired oven and then cubed, smoked mozzarella cheese, fontina cheese, fresh basil leaves, and lots of extra-virgin olive oil, all of which adds up to a harmonious blend of herbal notes, smokiness and tartness.
Pacci’s Pizzeria, 8113 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; 301-588-1011; paccispizzeria.com
David Hagedorn is the restaurant critic for Bethesda Magazine.