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Cheap Eats 2009: Pupatella
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 24, 2009
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Address: 5104 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: 571-312-7230
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston, Arlington
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Margherita pizza; prosciutto-and-arugula pizza; sausage-and-pepper sandwich; doughnuts plain or filled with caramel.
Price Details: Starters $3.50 to $7, pizzas and panini $8 to $12.

Why go: The cooking at this fire-engine-red food cart, the creation of culinary-school grads Anastasiya Laufenberg and Enzo Algarme, is built on a foundation of high-quality ingredients—and worthy of a sit-down restaurant. The thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas, cooked in a propane-fueled oven, boast San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella.

What to get: Pizzas, including the Margherita, with basil and mozzarella; arancini, deep-fried rice balls filled with peas and ground beef; sausage-and-pepper sandwich; fried-to-order doughnuts, including a version filled with caramel.

Best for: Lunch on the go.

Insider tip: Doughnuts are available only Thursday and Friday mornings, arancini only Friday at lunch. Before dropping by, scan the cart’s Web site,, to see the day’s specials.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch.

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