Geppetto Restaurant Pizza Bethesda, MD

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Geppetto Restaurant Pizza Bethesda, MD

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When most people have a “deep thought”, they’re usually pondering the mysteries of the universe.  When I have a “deep thought”, it’s more likely to be about which “deep” dish pizza is the best in the universe.  (Or at least locally since I’m too poor to fly to Chicago for dinner).

Since 1977 one of the best thick crusted pizzas in the DC area has been found at Geppetto Restaurant at the Wildwood Shopping Center in Bethesda, MD.  Named after Pinocchio’s maker, you’ll find puppet references at the entrance next to a picture of President Clinton eating one of their pies.  It’s hard to believe they’ve been pumping out these tasty Sicilian pies since the days when I learned to spell “p.i.z.z.a.” while singing the letters along with Sesame Street.

Over the years, Geppetto’s Pizza has expanded their menu to include not only thick pies but Neopolitan and thin crusted ones as well as seafood and pasta.   These items are nice but the thick crusted and white pizzas are what keep people coming back.

Each thick crusted Sicilian pie begins with mozzarella and provolone cheeses over a spicy thick tomato sauce.  Unlike DC deep dish newcomer, “District of Pi”, the crust at Geppetto Restaurant has a doughy bottom layer that absorbs the topping flavors before getting to the crispy outer layer.  This sauce is also spicier and more finely ground than the tomatoes at Pi.  Topping options are numerous and include all the standard ones along with less common options like eggplant and broccoli.

Their white pizzas come in two varieties.  I prefer the thin crusted white pizza with fontina cheese.  It has an accent on oregano and pepper that gives it a unique flavor in comparison to other local white pies.  Their more popular option is a white feta pizza.  This pie has a Greek/Italian feel to it and is much thicker than the fontina pizzas.

In recent years, the owners split the restaurant into two separate ones with “Oakville Grille and Wine Bar” covering the front and Geppetto Restaurant having its own entrance on the side of the building.  The pizzas, however, are slightly different so be sure to go to Geppetto’s for your pies.  Despite being named after Pinocchio’s maker, our bill had “no stings attached”.

I give Geppetto Restaurant in Bethesda MD 5 out of 8 slices.

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7 Responses to “Geppetto Restaurant Pizza Bethesda, MD”

  • Matts Pizza wrote:
    12 Jun 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Looks yummy

  • bozenajoye wrote:
    13 Jun 2012 at 5:32 am

    Thanks for this review of Geppetto Restaurant Pizza Bethesda. I really like to read about it and whatever you shared here really super. Thanks mate. 🙂

  • Igloo wrote:
    13 Jun 2012 at 9:05 am

    Deep pan pizza is what pizza *means*, to me. Definitely prefer those textures.

  • Jennifer S wrote:
    29 Jun 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Just ordered 3 pizzas for carry out and as my 3 year old daughter went to take a bite of the pizza, she handed me a SCREW!!!  There was a large screw baked into the pizza.  I spoke with the manager who said that they were having some oven issues and that must have been the reason.
    After talking to the owner, she accused us of planting the screw and then proceeded to say “put the screw up your butt”

    I have never been so angry in my entire life.  Will never be going there again!

  • Tou Glibb wrote:
    15 Jun 2015 at 3:13 pm

    It pains us (well, not really) to tarnish Geppetto’s putative “sterling reputation” hereabouts. That said, with respect to the Quality, Attitude, Accuracy, Service, Management and Overall ‘Diligence’ with which Geppetto ATTEMPTS to perform Delivery Orders, we are left with little choice.

    To wit:

    * Our experience with Geppetto has been limited to Delivery Orders exclusively. We can not speak to in-house performance. (Perish the thought!)
    * Geppetto consistently and chronically falls FAR short of what one would expect at these prices, in this neighborhood, with this simple Menu.
    * Geppetto has a singular problem with Salads. Yes, Salads.
    * On EVERY occasion we have ordered any of Geppetto’s Salads, the Order has been mangled. Yes, MANGLED!



    * The Large Chicken Caesar ($13.50). Oh, yes, $13.50 (AND COUNTING with tomato, an extra dressing, a few more croutons inter alia.
    * The “Chicken Breast” amounts to little more than 3-4 thin slices — about 1/4 of a normal size half-breast of chicken. “Puny” would be an
    * The “Croutons” (4-5!) are added to the salad, thus entirely soggy by the time they reach our table. They should accompany the salad separately,
    of course. Else why bother?
    * No matter how many times we have ordered (explicitly) “Fat-Free Ranch,” we receive “Full-Fat Caesar.” (Maybe it’s an ‘English’ issue?)
    * No matter how many times we have ordered (explicitly) and offered to pay .50 for an extra dressing per salad, we receive one (1) dressing per
    salad and (of course) not “Fat-Free Ranch” — but “Full-Fat Caesar.”
    * No matter how many time we have ordered (explicitly) and offered to pay for added tomato, we receive what amounts to 2 tablespoons — or none
    at all — being charged nonetheless.
    * The “Chicken Caesar” advertises “Pecorino (sheep’s milk) Romano [and] Parmesan (cow’s milk).” Well, put that fiction right out-of-your-mind.
    Never included. Neither one. In ANY measure.
    * These salads appear ‘pre-made’; the romaine is invariably wilted, stale, lousy. As stated above, the “croutons” (4-5!) soggy and all but mush.
    * Explicit request for sufficient “napkins” draws (11-12) PAPER TOWELS one typically finds in Restroom Dispensers. These disintegrate (of
    course) at first HINT, first BLUSH of moisture. Doilies have more tensile strength!


    Geppetto pizza is neither bad nor great. It is palatable albeit WAY over-priced.


    Some of the best NY Pizza — and unquestionably the best bargain in Greater Metropolitan Washington — is, oh yes!, believe it or not!, WHOLE FOODS! That’s right, WHOLE FOODS! Two (2) 18″ pies baked-to-order with 4 toppings EACH for $20. Twenty ($20) dollars! — that’s (for Philosophy Majors) ten ($10) PER PIE. Ten bucks — and it is GREAT pizza! You may call ahead to pre-order or order while you shop. My advice is to pre-order “3/4 baked,” pop into a piping hot oven when you get home, thus complete baking without burning and, voila!, you’d think you were in a Pizza Parlor. And a Good One! Unbeatable! Literally less-than-half the price of a large (16″ NOT EVEN 18″) Geppetto pie — and MUCH better pizza.


    Not bad. Not great. Fifteen ($15). Portion: Meager!

    Anyway, back to Geppetto Service, Geppetto Attitude, Geppetto Diligence, Geppetto Management. On a number of occasions, our complaints as to the above were met with apology and/or Credit-to-Account — OR ‘redone’ Order. Problem is, this usually destroys our dinner plans and (by the time the mangled order is noted, complaint phoned in and issue(s) addressed) it is the following day as the restaurant kitchen has closed for the evening. Better than not … but not by much. The other evening was ‘The Final Straw’ (Order mangled as usual) — complaint made the following morning, told to “find another restaurant.” No Credit for the mangled salads, no redone Order, and LOTS of Attitude in ‘broken English’. We are ‘proceeding apace’ to rectify this. We shall.

    Now, you ask: “Why the hell do you keep patronizing this place!?” VERY good question. We have asked ourselves the very SAME question. The best answer we can muster? We believe in Redemption and we are loathe to relinquish it. That said, ‘relinquish it’ we shall, ‘relinquish it’ we have … at least in this instance. How does it go?: Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us ad nauseam, @#$% #&% and the horse you rode in on!

    The End.

  • Charlie Cook wrote:
    04 Apr 2017 at 7:12 am

    Geppetto’s no longer offer’s the deep dish, Sicilian style pizza that they’ve had for about 30 years, going back to their original restaurant on M Street in Georgetown. I always considered it the best pizza I’d ever had. Just called to order for carryout, told no longer offered. I have no need to go back.

  • Tony Diogo wrote:
    13 Apr 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Please let me know if you can possibly deliver to Southern California !!! Moved here a while back, but one thing was clear – I miss Geppetto’s pizza !!!!!

    I know … unrealistic. Just wanted y’all to know I miss the incredible pizzas you offer. Have been there more times than I can mention here.

    We will visiting soon and will once again enjoy Geppetto’s !!!!!!