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.
June 9, 2010
How did you choose the name?
"Orso"means bear in Italian - and naming restaurants is “a bear…”
Do you deliver?
We deliver through Chownow delivery service. For take out/pickup - Click Here.
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.
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.”
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
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
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
Pizzeria Orso is a sister restaurant of 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA.
Pizzeria Orso AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- Arlington Magazine, 11 Pizza Joints to Try Now
- Eater DC Essential 38 Restaurants in Washington DC
- Washingtonian Magazine Cheap Eats
- Named ‘Best Pizza’ in Falls Church by Falls Church News Press – Best of Falls Church 2018
- Northern Virginia Magazine 50 Best Restaurants