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Reviewed 23 July 2023

I heard so much about this pizzaria. We waited for over an hour. The sauce is definitely the highlight in my opinion. Light and flavorful. To me if I would have known, I would have asked for the pizza to be cooked through. The center...was wet and soggy. It wasnt just my pizza but also the folks I was with. Some people like it like that but I make my own pizza and would not be happy if mine came out this way. If I were a local I would certainly return but we came from Ellicott City and it would not be worth the drive and wait. I'm originally from the Boston area and have been to many countries and I know great pizza. This pizza was very good in my opinion.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023 via mobile

This place makes, by far, one of the best pizzas in the area — probably in the whole US. The pizza dough is big and puffy, just as a Neapolitan pizza should be (really, look it up!). We tried the Margherita and the Bianca. There...was a great balance of flavors. We went on a Thursday at around 6 pm and the place was packed. We were lucky enough to get two seats after a 5 minutes wait. Somebody commented that the service was cold. We didn’t find it that way. The host greeted us and explained how we could get on the waitlist. Once we were seated, our orders were taken quickly and the pizzas arrived fast. I liked that the restaurant was playing Italian pop music, like Annalisa and Fred De Palma. I’ll conclude by saying that, for a few minutes, I forgot we were in Gaithersburg and thought we were in Italy.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023

This restaurant suffers from a big problem. The food is quite good. Everything else, however, fails to measure up, so much so, that the food experience gets diminished. Service is attentive yet somehow still manages to be strangely cold and unfriendly. The biggest issue that...makes me not want to return after several visits is the environment and overall ambiance. This is not a comfortable space in any sense. The tables are small and the dining room lacks any form of warmth or comfort — it feels like an afterthought, which is a shame given the fact the the kitchen is trying to create something wholly different. On my last visit, the restaurant was mostly empty yet my party of two was sat at a tiny table butted up against a grease-splattered wall installation — not comfy or particularly appetizing. I suggest the chef/owner sit at this table and try to enjoy a meal. The kitchen is lighted in an absurdly bright light in contrast to the low lit dining room. Facing the kitchen is not comfortable on the eyes. It feels to me that the guests are secondary or maybe even third in priorities in this restaurant. Everyone that works there seems to be less than thrilled...true on each visit. What a pity.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

Pizzeria inferno is simply not good enough food for their prices and faux exclusivity (they "run out of dough" when they have decided to stop trying for the evening). The owner is very hostile and the service is extremely slow. Don't eat here, it isn't...worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2022

No question that Chef Conte makes one of the best Napoletana pizzas in the U.S. I've had several varieties and have never been disappointed. It may not be generally known that twice a month or so the restaurant is closed for pizzas and the Chef...offers a special dinner evening at which he presents several courses of very inventive and tasty dishes. Wine pairings are available. My wife and I attended one in May and we enjoyed the food very much. We recommend it; however, we will not be returning soon. The food was excellent but the service was too leisurely and the ambience and noise of a pizza parlor hardly merited the price -- $350 for two was a bit high for far off Darnestown. Just my opinion.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 December 2020 via mobile

This is the best pizza ever! I LOVE the crust, and the ingredients are so clearly of the highest quality. My favorite is the Marinara Rustica, my mother’s is the black truffle, my husband’s is the potato and onion (we add Calabrian chiles to it),...and my dad’s is the margherita! Which is great, because we order one of each every time we order and share. I’ve never had the chance to eat-in, but I can tell you that, even after the 20 minute drive home, the pizzas are all super super delicious. I was disappointed that some people were writing reviews and clearly completely missing the point and best parts of the pizza. Pizza dough is SUPER hard to make, and the level at which this crust is made superb. Please keep this place popular!!! I want to keep eating it!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 6 June 2020 via mobile

I think a lot of reviewers before me got it right. There is a heavy priority on the dough and less so on the pizza. That results in more of a tasty bread than a pizza itself. There was minimal sauce or cheese to otherwise...comment on and much of the bread is purposefully burnt. Unfortunately, even as the owner would admit, placing this “pizza” in a cardboard box (due to covid takeout policies) results in a lot of soggy bread. If only they could somehow vent it or just include oven reheat instructions. But, as it seems they do not care too much about new business given their level of success, I think I’ll skip a second chance dining in with them.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 5 March 2020 via mobile

Inferno is the best Neapolitan pizza restaurant anywhere! A wonderful and cozy space great for the whole family. Regular menu consists of apps, pizza and desserts. Craft beer and fantastic wines! At certain times of the month, Chef showcases his talent with tasting menu dinner,...or pasta nights. There is always a line and they close when the dough runs out! Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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RachelKarr, Owner at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2020

Aleks! You wonderful woman - we are so appreciative of your family's support and we're so glad that you enjoy every aspect of what we do. Thank you and we'll see you soon :)

Reviewed 29 February 2020 via mobile

I’ll drive a fair distance for a good Margherita pizza; so imagine my excitement at hearing WaPo’s #1 pick just around the corner. They offer one size which is $13 for a personal 10” pizza that it mostly bread (65% of the total area is...crust). You are paying mostly for bread (which is no doubt tasty), but it might be okay if the rest of the pizza was worth eating. The tomatoes lack flavor, the cheese as well is not of the best quality, and the basil is minimal. The dough on its own does well but just doesn’t hold up to the toppings resulting in a soggy mess underneath. Maybe they should open a bread store instead? If you want great pizza, go to Coalfire in Kentlands; or for a really awesome Neopolitan pizza, Roscoe’s in Takoma Park shouldn’t be missed. (Wait for it... wait for it....I’m fully expecting a sarcastic “Hi, how are you?” from the manager in response to this review. Nearly every negative review is followed by this response.)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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RachelKarr, Owner at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2020

Marlene, first and foremost, you should know that in every moment of my life I say what I mean and I mean what I say. It's clear that you don't have any experience in hospitality - a career where I am literally paid to be...More

Reviewed 9 February 2020

This is a small gourmet style pizza. Do not expect a typical pizza. Ingredients are special and good. It is a very busy place and will require long waits even for ordering take out. Can be an hour or more to wait for a table...on the weekend. Close quarters in a small dining room. Lots of noise. May be best to try for a take out for a first time -- takes a while to get through on the phone. If you like it, and want to wait for seating, try going for dinner.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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RachelKarr, Owner at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2020

Hi Tom, how are you? We are so glad that you visited and enjoyed your meal! Thank you for detailing what one might expect in terms of a wait on a busier night - a Wednesday or Thursday tends to be less manic, if you're...More

Reviewed 23 November 2019

I'd read about Inferno and had it on my list to try so we headed down on a Thursday night at 5:00 hoping to beat the crowds. Lots of available tables so we were seated right away. This is a place in a strip shopping...plaza. We ordered the roasted cauliflower appetizer. Not my cup of tea. I ordered a margarita pizza and my three companions ordered other different pizzas. My 11" pizza was mostly crust with about 6 inches diameter of actual pizza toppings. I would say 2 to 2 1/2" of crust all the way around and about 2" high. Definitely good crust but way too much of it. I just felt like I was eating and eating crust and not enjoying much margarita flavor. For sure it's better than Domino's and other chain places, but I've had better napolitano pizza. Even in Italy, I never had that much crust on a pizza. When we left at about 6:30 every table was taken and it was LOUD. So go early if you want a quiet meal. :)More

Date of visit: November 2019
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RachelKarr, Manager at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2019

Hi there, how are you? Thank you for coming out to see us though we are sorry that our style of pizza isn't for you. You've detailed perfectly what one can expect from our crust - big, puffy, taking up lots of space. We're in...More

Reviewed 23 October 2019

I heard this was the place for pizza. I loved the cauliflower but it was a very small portion and expensive. The pizza was burnt on 2/3 of the crust and made the pizza taste burnt. I tried to not eat the burnt part but...it was too much of the crust. The flavor of the margarita pizza was pretty plain. I wanted to add some seasoning but there was none on the table. I don’t need to go back.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 21 October 2019 via mobile

The Pizza is great at Inferno. The service is outstanding. The salads, appetizers, and beverages are well thought out, fresh and ever changing. But don't miss a chance to experience Supper Club when Chef Tony and his team flex their culinary muscles to plan, prepare...and perfectly serve their fresh, delicious and completely satisfying tasting menu. The October fare includedFluke Sashimi, Egg yolk ravioli, Foie Gras Terrine, Madai, Wagyu Beef and an Almond brown butter apple cake. The wine pairing was top shelf and the service was excellent. What a great way to enjoy dining out on a Saturday night!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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RachelKarr, Manager at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2019

Thank you Kerry, you darling man! WE are incredibly lucky to have you as our biggest fan!

Reviewed 21 October 2019

We were told by a friend that this was an excellent pizza restaurant. We had heard that this can happen, so we decided to go early. They are open from 5-9 on Sunday, we drove an hour and arrived at 7, two hours before closing....We were promptly turned around. Seems to me that should have a better handle on their traffic and be able to make enough dough. If it means making a little more and throwing out 5 balls of dough, how much could that cost $5?More

Date of visit: October 2019
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RachelKarr, Manager at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2019

Hi Ricardo, how are you? We're so sorry that you were greeted by us having run out of dough after having heard such great things about us. We try to make it pretty clear, through our website and our front door, that we are only...More

Reviewed 19 August 2019

Limited choice of beers and wine.......The pizza was just "okay" as far as I was concerned....Very expensive for pizza and a beer or two.....More

Date of visit: March 2019
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RachelKarr, Manager at Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2019

Hello, how are you? Thank you for visiting and for letting us know your thoughts, though no need to be sorry! You are more than welcome to your opinion and we know well that our style of pizza is not for everyone. We keep our...More

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