Artley Takes Over at Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church
Former Evening Star Cafe chef now baking authentic Neapolitan pizzas.
The chef is now making Neapolitan pies at Pizzeria Orso, located just off Route 29 at 400 S. Maple Ave.
Monday marked Artley’s first day at Orso, which was named "Best Upscale Pizza" in Washingtonian Magazine's annual "Best of Washington" issue.
Orso’s owners recently sent Artley to Marina del Rey, Calif., for instruction on how to make authentic Neapolitan pizza—something that came very naturally to Artley, according to Sietsema’s blog post.
After parting ways with Evening Star Cafe in October, Artley picked up several jobs working as a consultant through his Restaurant SAGE venture.
Prior to his one-week pop-up at the Pork Barrel BBQ complex on Mt. Vernon Avenue, Artley told Del Ray Patch that he was looking into various opportunities.
"I'm looking for the perfect fit," he said in January. "I'm exercising every option. … It has to be a no-brainer."
Artley’s new gig prompted at least one congratulatory tweet from another member of the Del Ray culinary scene.