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While details are few and far between, Edan MacQuaid and wife Thea are no longer at Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church. Tom Sietsema reports at The Washington Post: Mary Alexander, president of 2941, which owns the pizzeria, “said ‘management differences’ were at the root of the change. While she called MacQuaid ‘a phenomenol pizza maker,’ she said ‘We have a stable of talented pizza makers’ at Orso. ‘We’re committed to the pizza and the concept.'”
But Sietsema goes on to write:
Any changes at the pizzeria—revered for its thin, slightly sour and beautifully charred Neapolitan pies—will be the result of listening to customers, including families with young children, Alexander says. Can a kid’s menu be far behind?
That last line is somewhat curious. A reader at Todd Kliman‘s Tuesday Washingtonian dining chat said the details on the MacQuaid’s departure were “rather cryptic.”
Kliman said it wasn’t that cryptic, but:
Because to me, it all sounds pretty typical of what happens when a place cans a high-profile person—talk of a change in philosophy; some diplomatic, say—nothing statements; some empty praise for the outgoing talent.
What I found most interesting, here, is the suggestion that not listening to customers with young children is what caused the divide between MacQuaid and management—and that the new Orso will endeavor to be more responsive to family concerns.
A note to the MacQuaids: Don’t resettle in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
File photo by Tim Carman