Great New Restaurants 2010: Pupatella
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published October 4, 2010
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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.

Enzo Algarme and wife Anastasiya Laufenberg have graduated from their successful pizza cart near the Ballston Metro (on hiatus) to this strip-mall storefront. Against a backdrop of neon street-punk art, Algarme mans a wood-fired oven—imported from Italy—that produces thin, doughy-edged crusts supporting such toppings as imported buffalo mozzarella, peppery arugula, and top-notch meats. While consistency can be an issue, a 1,000-degree blast-cook means you don’t wait 20 minutes for a pizza—one of the cart’s only drawbacks.

Don’t miss: Margherita and prosciutto-and-arugula pizzas; sausage panino.

For a full review of Pupatella, click here.

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