We have a group of 30-40 people coming into town for a family event, and it looks like we are going to take them ALL out to dinner the night before, rehearsal-dinner style (although it's not a wedding).
The out-of-towners are staying in a hotel at Rio Washingtonian center. Can anyone help me brainstorm super-cheap places to take a crowd that size? I'm shooting for a decent atmosphere (no order-at-the-counter places) and low prices. A private dining area would be a plus.
I've got quotes so far from Il Porto, That's Amore, Mamma Lucia (Rockville), Gregorio's (Potomac). Although these are all Italian places, I'm open to anything that has mass appeal. I contacted Matchbox on Rockville Pike, thinking a Pizza Party menu would be fun, but they have a minimum charge of $3000. Cafe Deluxe (at Washingtonian Center) is too pricey. Uncle Julio's and Guapo's don't have private seating, although it would be great for them to walk over from the hotel.
Mamma Lucia's is the least expensive quote so far, but they are a little short on atmosphere. I wish Matchbox would have us! Can you think of other good pizza places in the area? 2 Amy's is too far and too pricey, and CS pizza is too casual, I think.