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

Cheap Eats 2012: Pupatella

Cheap Eats 2012

This Neapolitan pizzeria rolled into our culinary consciousness when owners Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg plied their doughy wares from a cart outside the Ballston Metro station. Today they operate out of a sliver of a restaurant that opens up into an indoor/outdoor area where young families and Peroni-sipping twentysomethings gorge on pizzas and fried risotto balls at wooden tables.

The springy crust tastes great beneath a layer of salty Parma prosciutto and peppery baby arugula, while the Margherita DOC—the initials stand for the Italian designation recognizing true Neapolitan pizza—makes an elegantly simple dinner well complemented by a glass of Chianti. Smoked mozzarella dominates the sausage-and-onion pie, but fans of that cheese’s deep, ashy flavor won’t mind a bit.

Also good: Frittura sampler, with prosciutto-filled potato croquettes, eggplant, and polenta arancini; sausage-and-mozzarella panini.