Cheap Eats 2010: Pupatella
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 15, 2010
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Pupatella
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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: In the three years since Anastasiya Laufenberg and Enzo Algarme started crisping Neapolitan-style pizzas in their fire-engine-red truck, Washington’s street-food scene has grown. But their pies, made with San Marzano tomatoes and imported mozzarella, remain some of the best fare to come out of a cart.

What to get: Pizzas, such as the spare Margherita (worth the $3 upgrade for Italian bufala mozzarella); a spicy-sausage sandwich with melted Muenster and sautéed peppers and onions; arancini—fried risotto balls—and doughnuts.

Best for: An al fresco lunch—a bench-filled park is right behind the cart.

Insider tip:
If even a few people are ahead of you in line, be prepared to wait. A sit-down restaurant is coming this summer at 5100 Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon.

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