Pines of Rome Closes on Hampden Lane This Weekend, Will Move to Cordell Avenue

Owner bought the former Matuba property earlier this year


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A worker installs the sign on the new Pines of Rome, which is next to Caddie's. Credit: Joe Zimmermann

Updated 11 a.m. Sept. 25: Pines of Rome closed this weekend and will move to a new site on Cordell Avenue.

The Bethesda Italian restaurant, which has been open on Hampden Lane for more than 40 years, is relocating about a half mile away to 4918 Cordell Ave.

A sign on the door announced that the restaurant will close Sunday and reopen in the new space sometime in October. Marco Troino, the owner, could not be reached for comment Friday. A restaurant manager confirmed Monday the location had closed and would reopen in the new spot in October.

Local blogger Robert Dyer first reported the closing on Friday.

Troino bought the Cordell Avenue space in January. It formerly housed Matuba, a sushi and noodle restaurant, for 37 years before it closed in July.

Workers were installing a Pines of Rome sign on the building Friday afternoon. Seats and tables had been set up inside, though a “closed” sign was posted on the door.

Douglas Development Corp. purchased Pines of Rome’s 4709 Hampden Lane site in 2014 and hopes to put a high-rise on the property.

A sign on the Hampden Lane restaurant Friday.

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