Prost! Piazza brings an Italian version of Oktoberfest to Bethesda

Oct 01, 2013 887

It took an Italian restaurant to bring Oktoberfest to Bethesda. The Piazza Beer Garden officially opened on Cesco Osteria's patio yesterday. It's a very attractive outdoor space – how many times do you get to say that in Bethesda? – with flowers on every table and colorful flower boxes hanging on the fence. Small lights are strung on trellises overhead. Seating consists of long communal wooden tables and benches that easily hold groups of four to six. If you're a group of two, you're probably going to be asked to share.

There are no taps outside, but there's a decent bottle and can list. Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest and Belgian IPA sell for $4.50, as does Heavy Seas Uber Pils. You'll pay $6 for Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, DC Brau Corruption IPA and DC Brau El Hefe Speaks hefeweizen. (There's nothing but beer on the menu, but if you ask your server for a soda or glass of wine, they can get it from inside Cusco.)

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