5104 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston, Arlington
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Deli/Quick Bites
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Margherita pizza; prosciutto-and-arugula pizza; sausage-and-pepper sandwich; doughnuts plain or filled with caramel.
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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