Address | 400 South Maple Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046
Parking | Free parking in covered lot with reserved spaces, and free on-street parking.
Dining Style | Casual
Cuisine | Italian inspired comfort food and Neapolitan Pizza
Price | $25.00 and under
Payment Options | AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Dress Code | Casual - Come as you are
Neighborhood | City of Falls Church, Pearson Square
Cross Street | Tinner Hill St - in the Tax Analyst Building at Pearson Square
Accept Reservations | Yes - Yelp Reservations
Accept Walk-Ins | Yes
Menu | Pizzeria Orso specializes in traditional Neapolitan pizza, a selection of small plates and traditional desserts.
Executive Chef | Chef Bertrand Chemel
General Manager | Sara Barrera
Pizzeria Orso is a sister restaurant of 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA.
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About Pizzeria Orso
The team behind 2941 Restaurant opened their sister restaurant, Pizzeria Orso in June 2010. The 117-seat restaurant specializes in traditional Neapolitan pizzas, and traditional Italian and Mediterranean influenced comfort foods.
June 9, 2010
About The Location
The Pizzeria Orso Team selected the location based on the City of Falls Church City planned growth. The city’s development was the determining factor in selecting our location. The plan promised a two-phase build-out over a number of years that included retail space, offices, apartments, townhouses, active adult condominiums, hotels, and a new bowling facility. When the Falls Church City development is complete, Pizzeria Orso will be a short walk from this new city center.
How did you choose the name?
"Orso"means bear in Italian - and naming restaurants is “a bear…”
In 25 words or less, what makes you so special / what is unique and different about your business?
Four words = Chef, Community, Oven, Dough
Do you deliver?
We deliver through BiteSquad.
Who manufactures the oven, where is from?
Forno Napolitano - Vesuvius
Who designed your logo?
Rodo - Rodo is an architect, and he was also an illustrator. He did the illustrations in the “In Bocca” series of Italian cookbooks. When it came time to design a logo for Orso, we contacted him in Italy to design our logo.
What is the connection with 2941 Restaurant?
The same ownership group, the same dedication to service and quality and the same Executive Chef, Bertrand Chemel.
What is Neapolitan Pizza?
Neapolitan Pizza is a very special method of making pizza. The recipe for a true Napolitano Pie is a combination of special dough, special dough handling and storage techniques, ingredients and a wood-fired dome oven operating at roughly 800ºF. Pizzas cook for no more than 90 seconds. Everything must be just right from the temperature of the oven to the authenticity of the ingredients, right down to the proper technique.
What is involved?
1. A Wood-Burning Oven: Pizza Napolitano is cooked in a wood-fired dome oven operating at roughly 800ºF.
2. The standard ingredient list is the essence of simplicity. Each pizza contains a special blend of flour, salt, yeast, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. We strive to use only fresh, all-natural, non-processed ingredients.
3. The pizza dough is kneaded by hand. We do not use any mechanical dough shaping tools. We never freeze our dough.
Does the oven burn gas or wood?
Wood. We have a storage system onsite for the wood needed.
Wood Burning Oven Specs: Forno Napolitano - Vesuvius
The people that make these ovens are third generation oven builders and they are pretty much the number one oven maker in the world. They are the original Neapolitan oven makers and still considered the best. They claim that 2000 years of experience, from Pompeii to modern day Naples, make it possible to create the most reliable and perfect wood-fired ovens. All of the ovens they make from natural brick and stone as opposed to any propriety concrete mix or anything. The earth and dome of the oven are made of refractory clay, high in alumina content. The oven is covered with a thick insulation of ceramic fibers and expanded clay with a further cover of insulating volcanic stones mixed with a natural lime mortar. The oven façade is covered with a marble decoration.
What is the importance of a wood-fired oven?
A wood-fired oven can maintain a higher temperature than a regular oven. Many brick-oven pizza restaurants use gas ovens that tend to top out at around 600 º or something. A specialized wood oven like the one we have regularly reaches 900 º or more. With a wood oven you can always experiment, you can always work on your wood quality or other special fire management techniques to make the pizzas taste a little better. It is all about the heat of the oven and the experience of the guy making the pizzas. You cannot just throw a novice in front of one of these ovens. It takes training, knowledge of the fire, the oven, and a special feel for heat to create the perfect pie.
Are you VPN Certified? What is VPN?
Yes. Pizzeria Orso is VPN Certified.
VPN Member number: 562
Member since: 09/29/2015
The Washington Post Article Here:
From VPN America’s - “The mission of AVPN is to promote and protect, in Italy and worldwide, the “true Neapolitan pizza,“ as a typical product made in accordance with the rules and guidelines described in the International Regulations Book (AVPN DISCIPLINARE) in force since 1984, edited and registered by AVPN.
The Association is also involved in the promotion of equipment and ingredients approved for the production of the “true Neapolitan pizza“ and the professionalization of the Neapolitan style pizza makers.”