Pizzeria Orso

400 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046


Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Pizza, Italian

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

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.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

The Needle: June 2011

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.