Cafe Pizzaiolo

507 S. Randolph St, Suite 130
Arlington, VA 22206


Neighborhood: Arlington, Crystal City/Pentagon City, Arlington

Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Sunday through Thursday 10 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Crystal City

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

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.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups

Scene: Sports Bar

Happy Hour Details:
Daily, 4 to 7: Draft, wine, cocktail, and appetizer specials.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Cheap Eats 2008: Cafe Pizzaiolo

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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