400 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Pizza, Italian
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Eggs in Hell; eggplant Parmesan; Margherita, Vongole, Cotto e Funghi, and Diavola pizzas; chocolate-chip and pistachio cannoli.
Starters $5 to $12, pizzas $7 to $18.
At this colorful place—the valedictorian of the area’s Neapolitan pizzerias—pies are thin in the middle, puffy on the edges, and prone to soupiness due to authentic buffalo mozzarella. It shares owners with the formal 2941 restaurant, and the devotion to quality feels the same. When one of pizzaiolo Edan MacQuaid’s pies is spot-on—which is often—his sourdough-infused crust layered with salami and fresh vegetables makes for one of the area’s best pizzas. Unlike the small plates at DC’s 2 Amys—MacQuaid’s alma mater and one of Washington’s pizza benchmarks—the ones here are lackluster. Cannoli, however, are nearly as good as the terrific pies.
Don’t miss: Margherita, Diavola, Vongole, Cotto e Funghi pizzas; pistachio and chocolate-chip cannoli.
For a full review of Pizzeria Orso, click here.