11 Pizza Joints To Try Now

Who doesn't love a great slice? Visit these local pie shops when that craving hits and nothing else will do.

Pizza aficionados can argue all day about what constitutes a “real” pie — thin crust or thick; plain cheese or loaded up; artisanal or no-frills. Whatever your preference, we’ve got options. Which favorite local spots did we leave out? Tell us in the comments.

Pizza Margherita DOC at Pizzeria Orso. Courtesy photo.

1. Pizzeria Orso 

Orso’s pie-making operation is serious business. It’s one of only two pizzerias in the area (Pupatella is the other) boasting Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification, a designation granted by the Italian government to pizzerias that meet “the strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making.”  Chef Bertrand Chemel’s team oversees a volcanic brick oven that yields beautifully blistered crusts with a range of toppings. The Verdure is a springtime treat loaded with cremini mushrooms, ramps, artichokes, zucchini and peppers. And you can never go wrong with a classic Margherita. On Tuesdays, kids 10 and under get a free dish from the children’s menu for each pizza ordered. Half-priced wines on Wednesdays make for excellent pie pairings.

400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church, pizzeriaorso.com

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