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Bethesda’s Andy’s Pizza is worth a visit

Lena Nadaner
Award-winning Andy’s Pizza’s offers a vast variety of flavors you may not find at other pizza places.

The Montgomery-County-Native-owned Andy’s Pizza brought its award-winning slices to Bethesda, impressing with their tasty pies, perfect crust and lively atmosphere. 

With seven locations scattered across D.C. and Virginia, Andy’s Pizza was the 2021 winner of the International Pizza Challenge and was declared the best pizza by many local magazines. 

As I walked into the restaurant, which is located on East-West Highway, I was drawn in by the bright red sign above the bar that read “Andy’s Pizza” and the vibrant yet calm atmosphere.  

At the counter, I noticed all the varieties of pizzas showcased, as well as the starters and salads on the menu. Once I picked my slices, they were put through a conveyor belt to warm up, which made the slices toasty and the cheeses melt to perfection. 

The first slice I tried was the “Mushroom & Onion,” ($4.50) and I was pleasantly surprised by the rich, charred onions, roasted garlic cream sauce and mushrooms along with the crispy crust. The crust and onions were so good that I wanted to eat them alone. Even though I typically prefer tomato-sauced-based pizzas, the unique flavors of this slice soothed my tastebuds, making it my favorite slice at Andy’s Pizza and a must-try.

A close second was the “Margherita” ($4.50) with its tangy tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil, making it a great slice that you should definitely order. 

After, I tasted the “White” ($4.50) with roasted garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, provolone and ricotta. Though my first bite had the perfect crunch from the crust, the pizza lacked flavor, especially compared to the “Mushroom & Onion.” 

Although the classic “Cheese” ($4.50) slice is award-winning, it was the least impressive with its bland sauce and weak cheese. Thus, I recommend ordering the “Mushroom & Onion” and “Margarita” to get the most out of your dining experience.

In addition to the tasty slices, the customer service was superb as the employees were friendly, eager to help take my order and kindly answered my questions.   

There was plenty of seating on the main level, upstairs and outside, with each table decorated with plants in vintage-style tomato bins. My party sat outdoors and was accompanied by upbeat music that was not too loud and not too quiet, making it a pleasant experience. 

Initially, Andy’s Pizza seemed pricey as individual slices range from $4.50-$7.50 and whole pies from $22.50-$32.50 depending on if they are topped with meat. However, for an established, award-winning restaurant, the prices are fair. 

Andy’s Pizza is superior to other pizzas in Bethesda with its 72-hour cold ferment that makes their crust mouthwatering and overall high-quality slices. I will be visiting Andy’s Pizza again, and you should definitely try it for its fabulous crust, delicious pies and delightful atmosphere.

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Lena Nadaner, Editor-in-Chief
As Editor-in-Chief, Lena Nadaner is ecstatic to continue working on the Lion’s Tale after serving as Features Editor and Assistant In-depth editor. She relishes writing, copy-editing, and designing for print editions and the website. Lena is on the CESJDS Varsity Dance Team and is a peer tutor at the Writing Center, and in her free time enjoys listening to podcasts on walks, watching television, and playing sudoku. She is looking forward to an incredible year working with amazing editors and reporters. 

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