Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pacci's Preview



Great news - after a few short delays, Pacci's Neapolitan Pizzeria on Georgia Avenue is on track to open to the public this Friday. Even better news (for me) - I got an unexpected sneak peak/taste of their pizza this evening. As my wife and I stood outside their door being nosy we were motioned to come inside, where we were asked if we wanted to try their pizza. Um, yes, please.

Pizza: I can only speak to the mozzarella pizza (pictured, with bite), but it was quite tasty. I eat pizza frequently - some might say a bit too frequently - and as previously documented on this blog, my favorite style of pie is Neapolitan, which makes the opening of a Silver Spring pizzeria with this specialty even more fantastic. Some might even consider its arrival a miracle.



The pizza's crust was excellent, as was the mozzarella, produced on the premises. I'd love to give a more thorough review, but restaurant reviews aren't really my specialty. Suffice it to say, it was good pizza. What's also nice is they can crank their pies out pretty quickly - the pizza only required a minute or two in their oven to cook fully.

Interior: This was still a work in progress, but I got a pretty decent preview of what it will look like. There's a long bar that begins by the front entrance, mirrored by additional bar-style seating facing the windows. There is table seating in the back of the restaurant, and this will be supplemented with outdoor patio seating during the warmer months. I'm sure plenty of shots of the completed interior will be available on the Internets by Friday.

Drive-Thru: To me, this was the most intriguing aspect of Pacci's. In fact, curiosity about this is what precipitated my visit this evening. I walked over there to try and determine the logistics behind this part of the operation. How does a pizza drive-through work? Would there actually be a window at which you'd order and collect your pizza? You'd think such a thing would be impossible, but this is America dammit, so of course this has already been done. (Those dual-wield pizza cutter guys are modern-day ninjas.)

Pacci's drive-thru isn't going to operate quite like this, however. What you'll do is order your pizza ahead of time over the phone or via their website, then pull up to the side door (pictured above), where you will be brought your food and, our MoCo Liquor overlords permitting, your wine or beer.

Delivery: This is also something I was quite interested in. For me pizza, while tasty, is a lazy food which I can have brought directly to my doorstep for a nominal charge. Right now, pizza delivery options in downtown Silver Spring and surrounding environs are somewhat lacking. By my account, the current delivery options include Domino's, Flippin' Pizza, Manny & Olga's, Pizza Hut, Mamma Lucia's (I think) and zPizza. Some of these pizzas are clearly better than others, but none of them are particularly appealing to me at this point. So will Pacci's be delivering to my house anytime soon? Sadly, no, but those of you who are fortunate to live a little closer to Pacci's may shortly be in luck. In about sixty days or so they plan to begin delivery service, but only within a small radius of the restaurant.

Maybe I'll just need to move.

UPDATE: Oh, one other thing I should mention - Pacci's will also be open for breakfast, offering fresh baked croissants and other breakfast-y things to go along with your espresso drinks.

Special thanks to Spiro and the Pacci's staff, who saved me from a healthy dinner comprised of grilled chicken and vegetables.



30 comments:

Jill said...

Can't wait!
But if they have espresso and croissants at the drive-thru, that could be even more dangerous for my daily drive to work than the pizza drive-thru.

squirrelist said...

So jealous, especially with all the time I've spent sitting around looking inside.

The Hitman said...

really excited about Pacci's, but just wanted to point out that the DC Georgia Ave location of Angelico Pizza does to deliver to at least the East West Hwy section of downtown SS. Their pizza is the best (IMO) of the current downtown delivery options.

maralenenok said...

I live a ten-minute walk away. So excited.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"As my wife and I stood outside their door being nosy we were motioned to come inside"


I love Silver Spring. I really do. We're an urban/suburban area, but have a funky niceness.

Btw, I've been known to peek through windows of soon to be opened shops, too. That's part of being a neighbor. :)

Trish said...

Armand's has a Silver Spring location that delivers to a broad area of the city--they have a map of their delivery area at http://www.armandspizza.com/newsite/loc_silverspring.html?loc=silverspring&loci=9. I look forward to comparing Pacci's to them!

Sligo said...

I forgot about Armand's, but that's a completely different style of Pizza.

Anonymous said...

The other day I walked by an Italian place called Vicino, near Jackies... has anyone ever tried it? Never heard of it before this.

Anonymous said...

Vincino's is great. A lovely neighborhood feel. The decor may leave something to be desired but the food is fantastic. The pizza is pretty good, although they do not deliever.

Springvale Roader said...

Sligo, did you snag a menu to upload for us?

Sligo said...

You know I was actually looking for one, but the only one I saw was presumably a draft version, it having a number of hand-written edits. I don't think they would have appreciated my taking that.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Vicino's is wonderful, a restaurant that's been there for years. As a commenter mentioned, the deco is dated, but I actually like that. It's an old fashioned family run Italian restaurant. Great food, too.

Tony S said...

I'm also a fan of Vicino's, especially their white pizza without cheese and their fried zucchini appetizer. The owner John, a brother from Ghana, is a wonderful person. I have also always found the waitstaff very friendly.

Melanie said...

You lucky son of a $#&$#! Man, that pizza looks delicious. There must be a God. Good bye 2Amy's, helllooo Pacci's!!!!!!

socoblogboy said...

I wonder if they'll get a TV and televise some of the Stanley Cup games. Go Pens! Sorry, couldn't resist.

Sligo said...

Haha maybe they should, since apparently all their fans live here now. Will the last one to leave western PA please turn out the lights?

Anonymous said...

... rather them have world cup games in June and EPL/Serie A in general. If so I'll be a fixture so I don't have to metro it to Lucky Bar.

Hugo said...

I hadn't even thought of that, but it would be fantastic if they turned into a soccer destination for Silver Spring

Jo said...

Did I read that right? Are they using homemade mozzarella? If so, that's very cool.

Either way, I can't wait to pay them a visit.

Anonymous said...

I was able to sit down for some pizza and salad last night at Pacci's. The Pizza was wonderful and the salad was fresh although I thought the roast red peppers were a little salty. We had profiteroles for desert that were delish! The staff was extremely friendly. I can't wait to try it again once they are in a groove.

Anonymous said...

We ate at Pacci's Sunday night and it was really good. Had a yummy salad, the octopus app (mmmm...if you like octopus) and a very, very tasty pizza plus two glasses of 'super tuscan' red wine. With tax the tab was $48. I guarantee the same dinner at 2 Amys would have been $60+.

Yes, they have a few kinks to work out but with a little time and attention to detail, the food could easily be as good as the "standard of excellence", 2 Amys (I say it's already 90% there).

On another note, not to take away from Pacci's well-deserved attention, I saw today that Nando's Peri Peri restaurant was under construction in the old Bombay Company location. Mmmm Nando's is some gooood chicken!

Anonymous said...

I finally went, and we have a winner. The doe is absolutley delicious, and the mozzarella fresh as a daisy. The service was a bit clumsy although well intentioned. I'll definatley be going back, funky service or not.

Anonymous said...

Any word on when they will be opening for breakfast?

Anonymous said...

OMG they serve baby deer there?? : )

socoblogboy said...

You can slaughter it yourself. Let me tell you, it's a rush!

Breakfast is supposed to start tomorrow (Wed).

Anonymous said...

Excellent. Well you know what they say, the cuter the animal the better it tastes--lamb, duck, rabbit, quail, lamb, veal, and doe, a deer, a female deer (in my hunger I got confused...a fawn is a baby deer).

Anonymous said...

A friend and I dined at pacci's yesterday and I felt like I walked into italy. The interior and patio is beautifully typical of modern Italian restaurants and the pizza was the best I've tasted outside italy. A simple fresh tomato sauce with black olives, garlic, artichoke hearts, basil, oregano, onions, a la arrabiata. The best crust, oregano, and artichokes this side of italy. The staff is friendly, attentive, and courteous, the patio is evening perfect, and the coffee bar real. It is fantastic and for everybody. (This from a resident of italy and the mediterranean.)

Eviction Notice said...

After a long gap, we could hear such a great news of Pacci's Neapolitan Pizzeria on Georgia Avenue is on track to open to the public this Friday.

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