So what was this magical cocktail in question? The passionfruit sangria ($9.00) which was fruity and sweet -- and perhaps the only thing we ordered that arrived in a timely fashion.
It's rare that I write about restaurant service on this site. I don't have high expectations when it comes to service. I'll gladly wait two hours for a Di Fara pie and many of my favorite pizza places are no frills, let-me-give-you-attitude joints. So what's the big deal?
At Pizzeria Orso, I felt that the service was so bad that it became difficult to enjoy the meal. When we arrived at the 117-seat restaurant around 7:30PM on a Saturday evening, we were told it would be about a 35 minute wait for a four top. While that estimate ended up being pretty accurate, we could have actually been seated a lot quicker. Empty tables were often disregarded for more than 5 minutes before they were cleaned by a busboy and one customer complained that he'd had his eye on an empty table for 30 minutes. It's important that customers don't feel rushed, but after they're gone, the table should be cleared immediately and reset for the next party.
But back to the pizza. We ordered three pies:
Pie prices range from $12.00 - $18.00. Considering that pies at Manhattan spots like Motorino start at $9.00, I'd say Pizzeria Orso was a little pricey. But if they can fill up their restaurant with prices like that... why not? I'm not sure I'd ever return to Pizzeria Orso with so many other high quality pizza places setting up shop in the DC area. But if you live around the corner, it sure beats Domino's and Papa John's.