Cheap Eats 2008: Cafe Pizzaiolo
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Cafe Pizzaiolo
Address: 507 S. 23rd St., Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-894-2250
Neighborhood: Arlington, Crystal City/Pentagon City, Arlington
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursdau 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM, and Sunday noon to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Crystal City
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Neapolitan and New York style pizzas.
Price Details: Neapolitan pizza, $8.95 to $13.95. New York pizza, $8.50 to $11.95.

Why go: Yes, there’s a stone-hearth oven, and the crisp, well-salted crusts are minimally sauced, but these pizzas aspire less to the boutique ideal than to the flat, zesty pies owner Larry Ponzi grew up eating during Brooklyn summers. →

What to get: The Neapolitan, lightly sauced and simply adorned with mozzarella and basil, or the heftier New York style, with its sweet, zesty sauce and crackly crust.

Best for: Families. This is no temple for pizza purists: Little kids crayon at the tables, while bigger kids flip through the stacks of magazines or stare at the pizza makers behind the glass counter and parents sip a glass of wine as they wait for their pies to bake.

Insider tip: Many pizzas don’t survive the trip home, steaming to sogginess in the cardboard box. Ponzi’s are an exception—the crispness of his thin crusts lends itself to takeout.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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