Thick or thin, it's the crust that counts, any pizza maker will tell you. Savor a pie or "priazzo" at the following pizza parlors and Italian restaurants in Maryland. Price ranges and specialties are noted.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa), C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates that the establishment has a parking lot; otherwise, expect street and commercial parking. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant has a license to serve spirits, beer and wine. "Delivery" indicates the restaurant will accept telephone orders and deliver in the metropolitan area.
Armand's Chicago Pizzeria, 8428 Baltimore Ave., College Park. 474-3800. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Carryout, all-you-can-eat buffet and make-your-own pizza bar.
Price range: $3.95 for small, plain pizza to $13.75 for a "make your own" pizza with everything on it. The all-you-can-eat buffet is available anytime except Friday and Saturday nights and costs $2.50 per child, $3.95 per adult lunch and $4.95 per adult dinner. Specialty is deep-dish, thick-crust pizza with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
The Italian Inn, 6221 Annapolis Rd., Hyattsville (across from the Capital Plaza Shopping Center). 772-2100. Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Price ranges: small plain pizza is $3.25 plus 95 per extra topping; medium plain pizza is $5.15 plus $1.45 per extra topping, and large plain pizza is $6.95 plus $1.95 per extra topping. Specialty: thin crust pepperoni pizza.
Luigi's of Bethesda, 4919 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda. 656-5882. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday; 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Street and public parking lot (free after 6 p.m.). Full bar. Price ranges: Small plain pizza for one is $4.50; medium pizza for two is $6.25 plus $1 per extra topping; medium pizza for three is $7.50 plus $1.50 per extra topping, and large pizza for four is $9 plus $2 per extra topping. Lunch prices are lower. Specialty is thick crust pizza with mozzarella cheese.
Pizza Hut, 9119 Annapolis Rd., Lanham (other locations in Clinton, Forestville, Fort Washington, Gaithersburg, Hyattsville, Laurel, Marlow Heights, Olney and Oxon Hill). 577-5383. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Cards: None. Cash, personal or travelers' checks only. Free parking. Beer only. Delivery and carryout.
Price range: Small plain pizza is $4.95 plus 75 per extra topping; medium plain pizza is $7.30 plus 85 per extra topping, and large plain pizza is $9.55 plus 95 per extra topping. Prices for small, medium and large "priazzo" (a deep cheese pie similar to quiche) are $8.15, $11.05 and $13.85. Specialties are thin and pan (thick) pizza with mozzarella, with a choice of 10 toppings.
Pizza Italia, 6308 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. 839-3446. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Cards: None. Cash or American Express travelers' checks only. Free parking. Beer only. Delivery in the immediate Oxon Hill-Fort Washington area.
Price range: $5 to $14 for medium plain to large thick crust pizza, plus $1 per topping. Specialties are thin New York-style pizza and thick crust pizza with mozzarella cheese, as well as stromboli and calzone.
Pizza Oven, 9326 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring (other locations in Adelphi, Beltsville, Burtonsville, East Pines, Olney, Rockville, Upper Marlboro and Wheaton). 585-5464. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Cards: None. Cash or travelers checks only. Free parking. No bar.
Prices: Small round pizza, $2.84 to $10.03; large square pizza, $4.15 to $12.50. Specialty is a thin crust pepperoni pizza.
Villa Rosa Restaurant, 813 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. 587-5400. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, closed Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Eight-slice pizza is $6.50. Specialty is thin crust mozzarella pizza.
Zio's Italian Restaurant, 90833 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg. 977-6300. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Free parking. Beer and wine only. Price range: Small plain pizza is $5, medium is $6.50 and large pizza is $8. Extra toppings are 50 to $1.75 each. Specialty is medium-thick crust with mozzarella cheese.