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Pizzeria Da Marco
Pizzeria Da Marco’s owner, Alessandro Ferro, came to the U.S. from Italy 20 years ago and to Gaithersburg from Las Vegas, where he worked in fine-dining restaurants at the Venetian and Wynn hotels, 10 years ago. A trip to 2Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria in D.C. changed the course of his life, inspiring him to go into the pizza business. “I loved the simple Neapolitan way to interpret pizza. The roots of my Italian traditions are very important to me,” he says. He opened Da Marco in Bethesda in 2011 after installing a 5,000-pound imported Italian oven.
Ferro pays homage to his fine-dining roots at his 180-seat (including the patio and back room) restaurant, insisting on tablecloths. With spring upon us, it’s the right time to partake in Da Marco’s primavera pie, a white pizza loaded with colorful veggies: grape tomatoes, strips of roasted red, yellow and green bell peppers, mushrooms, fresh basil leaves, and thin (lengthwise) al dente slices of bright green zucchini. An elegant touch here is that instead of the shakers of sawdustlike cheese found on the tables of most pizzerias, servers at Da Marco grate fresh Parmesan cheese onto your pizza if you wish.
Pizzeria Da Marco, 8008 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-6083; pizzeriadamarco.net