I've been to Orso probably a dozen times, always with friends who just rave about the food and call it the "only nice restaurant in Anchorage," but I continually have to disagree with the assessment. The food is only mediocre - not particularly imaginative, but also not well executed in the classic sense, leaving me perpetually unsatisfied. Though it tries to have an Italian theme while incorporating Alaskan specialties, the two don't go particularly well, and dishes are generally bland yet overly complicated at the same time. They use a lot of goat cheese to cover up an otherwise unstimulating dish. I will say that the cocktails at the bar are fun and delicious, and the scene there can be great on a weeknight, but the food is completely overrated.