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Pizzeria Orso

188 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Fit for Foodies

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Pizzeria Orso is a casual Italian restaurant located in the Rosslyn area of Washington, D.C. Pizzeria Orso offers guests authentic Neapolitan-style pizza as well as other Italian comfort food dishes. The laid-back atmosphere and fun decorations make this a good place to come and share a pie with a group of family or friends.

Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel has put together an accessible menu that diners young and old will be able to appreciate. There are several varieties of pizza with toppings like prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and arugula. What's a little more unique to Pizzeria Orso, though, are the brunch pizzas served on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Out of all the brunch specials, one of the most interesting is the uovo fritto, a pizza with pecorino, mozzarella, fingerling potatoes and sunny side up eggs.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Pizzeria, Tapas / Small Plates, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday | Closed.
Tuesday - Thursday | 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday | 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday | 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Brunch Sundays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
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Phone number
(703) 226-3460
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Tinners Hill St
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Parking details
Covered parking lot - reserved spaces and street parking
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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mrlj (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

Everything was good, I find the pasta ravioli with pumpkin - was a small portion for the price.

Awi4 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

The gnocchi was fantastic, great food.
We were planning our return visit before we'd left.

vipCharles (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

We started the meal with the Lamb Ragu ... wonderful. Then selected a few pizzas ... both were outstanding. Finished with Tiramisu ... which was fresh and well balanced. Highly recommend!

vipleebles73 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

This was our third visit and it was disappointing. Perhaps it was due to a busy Friday night, but everything about our meal was just "meh" compared to our first 2 experiences here (less busy, more quiet). The calamari starter was about the only good thing about our meal that night. We ordered two pizzas -- crust was too thin, flaccid and a bit chewy; the (delicious) toppings slid right off. The goat cheese ravioli was served with an overly sweet balsamic drizzle and dried cranberries that overpowered the dish. Our server, while very pleasant and nice, pushed all of our food out at once - we ordered starters, mains -- and they literally all arrived at the table at the same time cramping our small 2-top table. Made us feel very, very rushed.

vipDebE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2014

Second time at Pizzeria Orso and reminded that you can easily share a pizza if you have a first course. Pizza was great but the poached pear salad, while good, was way overpriced for what it was. Orso needs a better choice for starter salads. Server did a good job. Wil return.

vipNDEllen (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

So many great menu items, it was hard to choose what to eat! Great calamari, fantastic chopped salad, delicious brussel sprout chips, roasted cauliflower, lamb sliders -- not to mention the pizza. We sat outside for a Saturday lunch, and when we first arrived (1:30 p.m.) the noise level was irritating because of all the screaming kids running around with no parental attempts to control them. They thankfully disappeared pretty quickly, however, so I would recommend arriving for lunch around 2 p.m. at the earliest, unless you like shrieking children. Service was almost too good, with our server coming up repeatedly to ask us if we were ready to place our "main" order. Limited wine list but good options available.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2014

First time visitor to Pizzeria Orso. Pizza very good - the ham used on the pizzas is flat out awesome. Atmosphere was very family friendly and it looked like large groups could be accommodated. Not ideal for a first date because the volume on a Friday night was a bit loud, but definitely good for dates.

vipMichael818 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2014

As regulars at this location I enjoy their pizza a lot. The crust is thin and chewy and the toppings are fresh. The restaurant itself, though, is about ready for a cleaning or renovation. The cloth in the booths is stained and just looks dirty. It's tough to keep a pizza place clean with all the kids and maybe cloth isn't as good a choice in seating surface as vinyl.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 7, 2014

Only reason I went to Pizzeria Orso was to get the bacon sticky buns that a friend told me I had to try. They only have them during Sunday brunch. Checked the website, looked at the brunch menu, saw the sticky buns, made the reservation. Show up and was told that they no longer offer brunch and bacon sticky buns aren't on their regular menu. Really bummed me out, almost left, but as a pizza junkie took the opportunity to try the pizza. Pizza was OK, good crust, too light on the sauce and toppings. It was pizza, but not good enough to come back.

Jarvs (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

Excellent appetizers, pizza (Toscani was fantastic), and dessert.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

We went on a Saturday night around 730, place was packed. However, it cleared out substantially around 815. We’re not from the Falls Church area, but were in the area that night. I was expecting a quaint neighborhood family style pizzeria. It is very loud, probably because it’s very open and in an office style building with lots of windows. I thought it was a bit over-priced for the quality. I would note that two adults could share a pizza as well as two kids could share the kiddo size. We bought 4 pizzas based off our waiter’s recommendation- we took home a full box plus.

MegEats (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

As always, Will Artley and his team provided a foodie dining experience in "just a pizza place". The restaurant itself on the surface seems like just a family restaurant and it is, but it is sooooo much more. All the various small plates that the chef offers are creative and tasty. Service is prompt and friendly. The menu gets changed up seasonally and there are specials based on various food items that they can get in. Who knew brussel sprouts could be so amazingly delicious.

Babsy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

Orzo has some interesting salads and appetizers with a homey atmosphere.

Arlingtonian (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

Great Pizza. Also, interesting and well thought out menu. Great appetizers: lentil and squash salad is one of my favorites. Really great sandwiches: tuna salad is one of my favorites. Beautifully decorated and comfortable seating. Also does gluten-free pizza crust if you call ahead.

vipAimee (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

The food was really good and reasonably priced. And you will have no problem getting a table (or parking for that matter) on a Sunday morning! Strongly recommended!

CookBottlewasher (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

This place really exceeds expectations. Artley's food is right up my alley. The pizza's are the best in the WDC area but I usually take with because we want to eat the rest of the menu! I try to stay away from prime kid time. Warning! Lots of kids!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2014

Innovative menu, modern ambience with old world charm

vafoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2014

Pizza was excellent according to my husband and there were lots of other interesting and different options unexpected for a pizza place. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks in the restaurant. My only complaint was that I would have liked more gluton free options and I did not feel like they have given much consderation for this on their menu.however, we were there for brunch during restaurant week and they did not have all their normal options available. We will definately be back to try some other things

vipDinerfromDelRay (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

Every time I dine here I leave stuffed and happy! The food is fantastic and the service has improved to the point that it matches the cuisine!

vipArlingtonian (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

I really don't want to encourage anyone to go to Orso because I don't want it to get to crowded. They turn out really first rate pies with interesting toppings, a variety of sauce options and a superlative crisp crust. The apps are sides are solid, but it all about the pizza and that is just first rate.