It took Bethesda in Maryland over two hundred years to evolve from being a humble grocery and hardware store to become the city it is today. The first steps along its evolutionary path were initiated by farmers of tobacco who moved to the fertile area along the banks of the Potomac River to grow their crops. Other than those few widely dispersed settlers, Bethesda remained village-size for decades and it was only the laying of the Baltimore and Ohio railway line and the construction of a small station that finally put the quiet rural community on the map. Low land prices were a big draw in the slowly developing urbanization and several major medical institutions took advantage of that. After purchasing terrains they built offices and enormous medical research centers that required numerous employees of all levels. More people began moving to Bethesda to work, and along with them came Italians who not only took jobs in the vast centers but opened their own pizzerias from where they began doling out pizza to the locals.
There's been an argument raging across Mediterranean regions for centuries about where pizza was first invented. Both the Italians and the Greeks like to lay claim to the act, but no-one knows for sure exactly where the first batch of dough was shaped into a circle, smothered in sauce, and garnished with cheese. While the pies in Bethesda might look like thick crust at first glance, Bethesda is known for its Greek-style pizzas. The big difference between the two is the way the pizza is cooked. Greek-style pizzas are baked in pre-oiled, round metal pans rather than being cooked directly on the floor of the oven. Any pizzerias who use this method prepare enough pans of dough to get them through a shift and leave the bases to prove stacked one on top of the other. There's very little difference in the taste or appearance so once it's cooked it's difficult to judge exactly what type of pie you're eating.
Manny and Olga's Pizza on Woodmont Avenue is housed in an unassuming premises. Without its bright signage, you'd quite probably walk straight by without noticing. It's a great neighborhood pizzeria though and one that dishes out the best delivery pizza in Bethesda. They believe you shouldn't be kept waiting for your pie so as soon as your order is received the dough will be dressed with whatever you ask for before being baked, boxed, and dispatched as swiftly as possible. Manny and Olga's has a super range of pies that lean toward the deluxe as far as toppings are concerned. If you love pepperoni, one unmissable pie from this pizzeria is the 102 Pepperoni Lovers pizza which they claim has exactly one-hundred and two slices of pepperoni on it. If you can count that many slices while devouring your pie and not make a mistake, you're a professional pie eater without a doubt.
Drop-in at M and N's Pizza on Del Ray Avenue and you'll be able to get one of the best take-out pizzas in Bethesda. While this pizzeria's frontage might not shout, we bake pies!, it's all business from the streamlined kitchen to the patio tables on the back terrace which are a nice spot to sit at if you're waiting for your pie to bake. M and N's have an incredible range of very innovative combination pies. If you can think up one that's more inventive than what they already have on their menu you'll have worked a minor miracle. They make no excuses for having over twenty wacky pizzas as well as more than a dozen regular ones so choosing your take-out could turn out to be time-consuming. For a real fusion feast try their Murg Makhni pizza with chicken, cilantro, and curry sauce.
Brookmont is a city that's been almost devoured by the ever-increasing spread of Washington, but still manages to maintain some semblance of individuality. Belmont is on the opposite bank of the Potomac River to the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Fort Marcy. A quick trip across the Chain Bridge will get you to both, but stay on the Brookmont side and you can head to the peaceful woodlands of the Little Falls Stream Valley Park before eating pizza at Gregorio's Pizzeria on Sangamore Road.
Head fifteen miles north from Bethesda and you'll be in Gaithersburg. It's a populous city but one surrounded by state and regional parks. Have a wander around the city's historic business district or go shopping in the Lakeforest Mall where there are over a hundred stores before making for the hills of the Rock Creek Regional Park with a take-out pie from the California Pizza Kitchen in Boardwalk Place.
With Bethesda so close to the capital, it would be impossible not to visit Washington at least once in a lifetime. Be a tourist for the day and take in all the main sights like the White House, the Capitol Building, Washington Cathedral, and the Pentagon. Or forget all that and spend the day having fun at the Six Flags America theme park before grabbing a pizza from We, The Pizza on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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