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What's happened to Il Forno's pizza in Gaithersburg???

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What's happened to Il Forno's pizza in Gaithersburg???

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Lori S | | Feb 7, 2002 09:26 AM

Does anybody know?

I used to consider that place on Rte 355 at Walnut Hill Shopping Ctr. as a favorite pizza haunt. Especially the crusts & non-greasiness of it all.
We hadn't been in a few months, so hubby, daughter & I went Tuesday night. It's changed a lot since then, and I can't say it's for the better.

Il Forno is a 3-store local chain (other locations in Frederick & Bethesda), so I can't vouch for the other 2 places (except my continuing complaint that the parking in Betheda sucks, incl. 1-hour & 2-hour parking meters, in garages too, charging till 10pm on weeknights!).

Now an Indian cafe called Metro Dhaba has moved into Il Forno.
I used to pass by Metro Dhaba in its former location, a hole-in-the-wall near the "transfer station" (i.e. dump) near Shady Grove Rd. I had heard despite the decor & location, the food was cheap & pretty good. Don't get me wrong - I like Indian food & eat it often.

But now Il Forno is very cluttered & dingy in the back seating area with extra fridges, boxes of food supplies, and paperwork spread out on a table. Our service was slapdash casual - "plonk" goes the bundle of flatware, and the server was sniffling & hacking with some cold. Our Pizza Florentino had a good crust as usual, but was too salty & not as good as on previous visits.

Hubby said "What's happened to this place? It's gone downhill." We won't be going back anymore...

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