Darnestown Restaurant Named to USA Today’s ‘Top 50 Pizzerias in the US’ List

Darnestown’s Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, was ranked 25th in the ‘Top 50 Pizzerias in the US’ list published by USA Today this week. It was the only pizzeria from Montgomery County and the only pizzeria from Maryland on the list. The list was created by the evaluation site 50 Top Pizza and uses over 1,000 anonymous inspectors worldwide. The Italian-based site started ranking pizzas in 2018 and now ranks pies all over the world annually.

The restaurant is owned by Tony Conte who has had a deep connection to pizza predating his formal training and experience. His father and grandparents emigrated from a small town near Naples and Old World cooking traditions controlled the family kitchen. Now, Chef Conte serves his canotto style pizza from Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. until the dough runs out.

“It’s a great recognition,” Chef Conte told MyMCM. “We were there last year but this year it looks like it got picked up even more. We jumped ahead. We were 30th last year and we’re 25th this year. We went to the event, we were in great company, and we couldn’t be more excited to be there again this year.”


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