Cheap Eats 2011: Pupatella
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Address: 5104 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: 571-312-7230
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Ballston
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.

Washington has no shortage of Neapolitan pizzerias, all boasting about their Italian buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes. But husband and wife Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg were among the first to offer the thin-crust pies--and they did it from a cart by the Ballston Metro.

Just over a year ago, they left the mobile business, moved into an airy, graffiti-decorated storefront, and upgraded to an Italian brick oven, which turns out crusts with soft, doughy edges and a strong but not crisp center. Toppings--from peppery arugula to Spanish chorizo--are top-notch.

A real kitchen means there's space to make panini, which come on house-baked bread--try the one pressed with sausage, sautéed onions, and mozzarella--as well as appetizers such as panzarotti, a delicious pair of potato croquettes with prosciutto.

Also good: Fried risotto balls with mozzarella and roasted eggplant; Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella; chorizo pizza with onion and roasted red pepper; prosciutto-and-arugula pizza.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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