5104 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205


Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Ballston

Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Deli/Quick Bites

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: 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

Great New Restaurants 2010: Pupatella

25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever

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.