Before I headed back to school, I hit up Tommy Marcos’ Ledo Restaurant, which was opened in 1955. Now to avoid confusion, there is Ledo Pizza, the chain, and the Ledo Restaurant, in Adelphi Plaza, soon to move to College Park. Tommy Marcos’ Ledo is the original- the one with the atmosphere- the one with tradition- and the one with damn good pizza. Ledo Pizza the chain is lacking in all those regards.
The pizza is a bit out of the ordinary in its rectangular shape. The crust is light and flaky an the pizza has a delicious sweet tomato taste. I ordered my favorite, pepperoni, black olives and sausage. A medium is one tray. The Ledo, in a nice touch not often seen anymore, still puts cherries in their pepsi.
The Ledo is a true local icon, with strong University of Maryland ties. Take a look at the murals on the walls.
They are supposed to move in early Summer.
I’m fascinated by the ceiling visible in the last two photos. Nobody would go to the trouble to build such a thing today – they’d just put in an ordinary suspended ceiling grid. Looks like the flat surfaces are “pegboard” – a relatively new and popular material at the time.
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I tried to eat at the new Ledo in College Park but the waitresses kept ignoring us. After about 15 minutes while they waited on other tables we walked out. We had both gotten off work and we were dressed appropriately. Maybe it’s a race thing.
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