Pizza Vinoteca Closes in Arlington

So long, Merlot-infused pies.

So long, grilled pizza. Photograph courtesy of Pizza Vinoteca.

The fast-casual pizza scene may be booming, but Arlington just lost one option. Pizza Vinoteca served its last Merlot-infused pies last night. The 130-seat eatery opened six months ago in Ballston, specializing in grilled-to-order pizzas and affordable wines by the glass.

This isn’t the first casualty for the aspiring chain. Founder Ari Malcom originally opened the concept in New York City as a high-tech pizzeria equipped with iPads, which shuttered before moving to Washington. Malcom told us that he was scoping other locations in the area when the eatery first opened, though the plan seems unlikely as of now.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.