Note from Chad: This is a very exciting day for EatMore DrinkMore, my brother and sister in law are guest posting their review of Pacci’s Pizza. Family blogging, isn’t that special?
By guest blogger Adam and guest blogger’s editor Sarah
My wife and I visited the Pacci’s this Friday night, one week after it opened. We have been waiting for this restaurant to open because Silver Spring needed Pacci’s. A Neapolitan Pizzeria a few blocks down Georgia Avenue from the crowded downtown area that contains mainly chain options, Pacci’s fresh authenticity makes it a welcome neighbor.
We walked into the restaurant and saw many employees frantically working right before our eyes. Pizzas are made right in front of customers and the brick oven is the first feature that you see upon entering. We requested a table outside, but the inside looked great. The bar area looks like a nice place to grab a drink while waiting and the interior restaurant is also impressive.
The patio is definitely a great feature of the restaurant. There are not too many good outdoor eating options in Silver Spring, so Pacci’s patio is a fantastic addition. The weather was really nice and the patio was crowded. The charming narrow outdoor seating area holds about 7-8 tables and certainly was kid friendly. We were there on the early side of dinner, so there were many families enjoying the patio as well.
The menu boasts many options that all use fresh ingredients. We went with the Bruchetta al Pomodoro to start, the Pacci’s salad, and a red pizza “La Verche: tomato buffalo mozzerella, Parmesan, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil”. We were not sure if the pizzas were built for one or for two, so we just began with one. Unfortunately, we discovered that the pizzas were really more personal sized (especially when one member of the party is pregnant) so we decided to try a white pizza “Nanninella: focaccia, oregano, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula, shavings of parmesan, basil, and extra virgin olive oil”.
Everything that we had was outstanding. The Pacci’s salad was filled with fresh ingredients including pears, buffalo muzzarella, and pecans, and I highly recommend it. The pizzas were also delicious. The crust is thin and the meal is lighter than many of the other gourmet pizzerias in the area. I actually liked it a lot better than 2 Amy’s, Mia’s, or Comet Pizza because the ingredients seem a lot fresher and you are not uncomfortably stuffed at the end of the meal.
The only complaint of the night is that they are still working out some of the kinks with the service. Our starter, salad, and pizza arrived within 30 seconds of each other. Then, when we ordered the second pizza, it took about 35 minutes. It took a while to get the check too. However, I am confident that the service snafus are just the result of opening jitters and Pacci’s will be a regular player in our Silver Spring restaurant options.
They are preparing to open an espresso bar that will also offer some breakfast fare as well. Oh yeah, Pacci’s also delivers.