The Needle: June 2011
Reviewed By Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 1, 2011
Cheap Eats 2011

Pizzeria Orso
Address: 400 S. Maple Ave. , Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: 703-226-3460
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Pizza, Italian
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Eggs in Hell; eggplant Parmesan; Margherita, Vongole, Cotto e Funghi, and Diavola pizzas; chocolate-chip and pistachio cannoli.
Price Details: Starters $5 to $12, pizzas $7 to $18.

Since opening last year, this sibling to the fancier 2941 has excelled with pizzas but disappointed with small plates. Gone is the talented pizzaiolo Edan MacQuaid, but new chef Chris Nye’s Neapolitan pies—including a special with ramps and lots of garlic—are just as good as and maybe even better than MacQuaid’s. Nye’s antipasto menu reads beautifully, but some items, such as risotto balls and fried calamari, are still haunted by his predecessor’s salt-shy hand.

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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