In honor of National Pizza Day (February 9th), we sat down with Mr. MoCo, the founder of The MoCoShow, to talk about his 10 favorite pizza places in Montgomery County.
As always, he started with a reminder that his favorite pizza spots are likely going to be very different than yours. He mentioned that there are over 100 places in MoCo that serve pizza and that over 90% won’t be on this specific list- some because of personal preference and some because they’re not eligible (see more below). In a previous article from four years ago he stated the following: “It doesn’t matter if you’re Gordon Ramsay, or if you’re originally from New York or New Jersey, or if you’ve been to Italy 17 times. Your opinion is just that…your opinion. I always recommend coming to your own conclusion.”
This year he wanted to reiterate that he isn’t the biggest fan of Neapolitan or brick-oven style pizza, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this likely won’t be the list for you (this older one might be). “That kind of pizza is fine, but it’s not what comes to mind when I think of pizza, so I don’t really include them on my personal list. I’ll make a separate list for that style if people would like to read it.”
His list consists of places that operate primarily in Montgomery County, or are smaller regional chains with a location in MoCo, so you won’t find larger or national chains. “I know it’s pretty polarizing, like a 70/30 split of people loving and disliking it, but of all the larger restaurant groups… I love Ledo Pizza. They’re the ones mentioned most, but even though they were relatively local to start, I don’t include them on my list because they have over a hundred locations with most of them outside of Montgomery County.”
Here’s his list of his current favorite ten, this time in no particular order:
Stained Glass Pub (Glenmont):
If you’ve been following The MoCoShow for a while, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Mr. MoCo says “it’s very similar to Ledo Pizza, but for me it comes with added memories of meeting up with my friends from other schools on Mondays or Tuesdays for half price pizza.” It’s my favorite of the “Maryland Style Pizza” places.
Giuseppi’s (Gaithersburg and Rockville):
Some people say that if you need to dip your pizza in ranch, then that says a lot about the pizza. Mr. MoCo doesn’t think that’s the case. “I use it as kind of a bonus, but I do love dipping my Giuseppi’s crusts in ranch at the end of every slice.” Overall, he thinks Giuseppi’s fares well with a lot of different types of pizza lovers.
Corner Pizza & Subs (Gaithersburg) and Continental (Kensington)
How can two places in two different parts of the county share a spot on this list? “I’m going to let you in on a little secret” Mr. MoCo said. “Corner Pizza in Gaithersburg and Continental in Kensington are the exact same thing. From their pizza to steak and cheese, and almost everything in between.” A longtime employee of Continental opened Corner Pizza & Subs in Gaithersburg. These pizzas also fall under “Maryland Style Pizza.”
Andy’s Pizza (Bethesda)
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When people talk about the pizza that’s “closest to New York”, Andy’s is always in the conversation. The Bethesda location, where owner Andy Brown grew up, opened in September. “I really love the pizzeria feel to his first Montgomery County location” Mr. MoCo wrote.
Wiseguy Pizza (Wheaton)
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Wiseguy Pizza serves stone-deck oven baked pizza by the slice that’s made with imported ingredients from Italy, homemade sauces, and dough using a special water filtration system. Pizza options include Cheese, Pepperoni, Paneer Tikki (House Masala, Paneer, Mozzarella, Onions, Tomato, Green & Chili Peppers, Cilantro, Jalapeño Sauce), Nashville Hot Chicken, Chicken Parmesan, and Whitestone (Garlic, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmigiano, Oregano, Oil from Tuscany Italy). Mr. MoCo says “They have something for everyone.”
Milano’s (Gaithersburg and Germantown)
There are two Milano’s locations in MoCo. One in mid-county, right on Shady Grove Rd between Rockville and Gaithersburg (technically Gaithersburg) and one up-county in Germantown. “It’s a delivery spot and most people want to discount it because of that. I’ve found myself ordering Milano’s quite often and have never heard any complaints.”
CSNY Pizza (Rockville)
Mr. MoCo has previously said “This is the closest I’ve had to pizza that I’ve eaten in New York. That doesn’t make it any better or worse, but if you generally enjoy the pizza in NY, this is going to be pretty close.” He recently ordered their regular pizza along with their Sicilian style and preferred regular NY style pictured above.
Gentleman Jim’s (Gaithersburg)
Mr. MoCo noted that you can get your Gentleman Jim’s pizza with provolone (his preference), mozzarella, or the traditional way it gomes at GJ’s- with Swiss. He likes the Swiss, but said there’s a good chance someone in your party won’t love it, so it’s risky. Along with Ledo Pizza and Pizza Oven, Gentleman Jim’s is one of the restaurants responsible for Maryland Style pizza from way back when the Cavalier restaurant in DC started doing it (later changed to GJ’s and moved to Twinbrook before coming to Gaithersburg).
Potomac Pizza (Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville in MoCo)
“I find myself ordering it more than any other delivery pizza and my whole family enjoys it, so I think that says a lot” Mr. MoCo said. Potomac Pizza has been around since 1978 (the original Potomac location), which also says plenty. The Traville location opened in 2003, and Chevy Chase in 2006.
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Mr. MoCo started this one off by saying “I know this one is going to be controversial because it’s in a Burger King.” Ripieno’s has two locations, the original location in Ocean City and its second location located within the new Burger King on Shady Grove Rd. “I prefer the Ocean City version, but there could be many reasons for that. The one in Gaithersburg is almost exactly the same…I’m just not having fun at the beach when I eat it.” If you’re going to try the pizza at Ripieno’s, bring an appetite or some friends. The pizza is huge!
The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) are investigating a death that occurred Friday morning at the Silver Spring Metro Station.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Meybely Torres, a missing 15-year-old from Silver Spring.
The schedule has been release for the Montgomery County Energy Summit, which takes place this April in Silver Spring.
The City of Rockville has announced it is seeking current or retired military members to participate in its annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day events.
AC Milan Academy is hosting a soccer camp at Maryland Soccerplex from March 1st through March 3rd for girls and boys aged 5 to 16 from any club who want to develop their soccer skills and learn the unique methodology of AC Milan directly from AC Milan coaches.
March 1st (Friday) 6pm-7:30pm
March 2nd (Saturday) 6pm-7:30pm
March 3rd (Sunday) 10:30am -12pm and 3:30pm-5pm
Location:18031 Central Park Cir, Boyds, MD 20841
Price: $349 + AC Milan Junior Camp Kit