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Pupatella, Wilson Blvd. in North Arlington - Pizzaiolo Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg's Pizzeria - Expansion Plans in the Works

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Jenna and I split a arugula and prosciutto pie and a salad #1 (which happens to be a arugula and prosciutto salad). Loved it. The ham and mushroom is another favorite. This place really hits a sweet spot for me of high quality and reasonable prices that is not too full of itself. The folks who own the place are behind the counter every day, making great food. It's now my default spot for pizza.... and these days there are a lot of great spots for pizza around.

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This week's special pizza is inspired by Chris Bianco - how could I not? White Pizza with Red Onion, Rosemary, Pistachios, and Parmesan ($10)

!! I saw that after I had already ordered. I knew I should have just gotten 2 pizzas.

And thanks to Pupatella for making their arancino without the fake meat - so much better.

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I'm just going to lead off by saying it: Pupatella sits in the sweet spot among top tier pizzerias right now. It's hard to describe without comparisons to Orso, several miles away in Falls Church, so there's no point in avoiding the matter. It falls short in the dough department, and you won't find many high-end toppings on offer, but the bake is right, the sauces are right, and everything I've tried has been delicious so far, including the salads. I can vouch for the Bianco-inspired special that Don mentioned, as well as for their 'true' Margherita.

Where its menu overlaps Orso's, Pupatella is maybe a buck or two less expensive. The menu is much more limited in its breadth, but includes the tried-and-true items that most people are likely to want. Good arancini, too.

Even with its limitations, Pupatella instantly makes it into my top category of area pizzerias. No, it's still not as good nor as ambitious as Orso, or 2Amys (on a good day). But the pizzas they do make aren't that far behind, and are stlll better than anything I've found in Maryland.

The space itself is fun, even though it still reminds me of a converted laundromat with its big front windows. The furnishings are a colorful and eclectic mix that evoke the early space age. Parking in front is very limited.

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A quick snapshot below of yet another reason Pupatella rocks--a salt grinder rather than a salt shaker.

I love how it's all about the flavor here.

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Wow. Just wow. I have driven past this place over and over and never even gave it a look, but finally (thank the food gods for this board) stopped in today for a quick lunch. The space is trippy, but I quite enjoyed it. I really dug the communal do-it-yourself vibe as well.

Had the weekend special pizza - white pizza with gorgonzola, brie, tart cherries and thinly sliced red onion. Interesting flavors, but perhaps could have used a bit more cherry and a bit less onion - it is still living with me a couple of hours later. The crust itself, though, was very, very good. A nice yeasty doughy taste with delightful chew and (the one thing I have been missing at Orso so far) wonderful char flavor.

Finished off with a coconut gelato (YUM) but also sampled the Peroni beer gelato. Yes, you read that right.

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Arrancino Vegetarian ($3.50) stuffed with mozzarella and roasted eggplant.

Try this with the Falanghina dei Campi Flegrei ($30, discounted to $20 with the purchase of two pizzas). Wow - two great individual food items, combining to become one.

If you want food and wine synergy, try this combination.

Filetti ($12) with no sauce, sweet cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and garlic. All I can say is this: Anyone lliving equidistant between the lower-priced Pupatella, and the higher-priced Pizzeria Orso - each Best In Class - is a lucky person.

Cheers,

Rocks

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All I can say is this: Anyone lliving equidistant between the lower-priced Pupatella, and the higher-priced Pizzeria Orso - each Best In Class - is a lucky person.

Cheers,

Rocks

Pretty close. According to Google Maps, about a mile and a half to Pupatella, and under three miles to Orso. And I do consider myself lucky. Both are in frequent rotation, but I more frequently end up at Pupatella. Enough has already been said about the pizzas, which are excellent, but the service is great too. For a small spot with no true waitstaff and only a couple of people behind the counter handling the crowds, they do an excellent job of keeping things running smoothly and making you feel welcome. On only my second visit shortly after they opened, I was remembered by name. That was impressive. And on another occasion when I had to wait a few minutes longer than normal for my pizza due to being in line behind a huge party, I was offered a beer on the house while I waited. Those are the kind of touches that will keep me coming back.

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Considering our inaugural visit to Pupatella tonight or tomorrow evening and am wondering about logistics since we'll have two small kids in tow. In the 6-6:30 timeframe, is there usually a large crowd? Is a long wait for a table likely? Just wondering so we can plan accordingly.

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My friend and I came for the first time. Wow! The crust was wonderful. The toppings were fresh and delicious. They are going to see a lot of me at this place. Everything was reasonably priced. I am so lucky there are so many good pizza places in Arlington these days. It's my favorite food.

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Glad you liked it, hopsing!

We've worked hard to perfect our crust, I think it's had great improvements lately.

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Ditto for me. We made our first visit to Pupatella on Saturday and I just found my new favorite pizza place. Everything we got was tasty, but the special frutti di mer pizza was particularly wonderful. It was crammed with fresh cherry tomatoes and ocean dwellers, and the crust is as pillowy and light as the website promised.

We actually went to 2 Amys the Sunday before and I like Pupatella’s toppings and the crust better. The wait is definitely shorter, at least for now. There’s Safeway parking across the street! Plus you guys cut my pizza without being asked!

Yup, you'll be seeing a lot more of me in the future.

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PS - my +1 requested Google remove the old Pupatella truck location from Google Maps. Hopefully there won't be anymore people looking for Pupatella in the middle of Ballston.

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Ditto for me. We made our first visit to Pupatella on Saturday and I just found my new favorite pizza place. Everything we got was tasty, but the special frutti di mer pizza was particularly wonderful. It was crammed with fresh cherry tomatoes and ocean dwellers, and the crust is as pillowy and light as the website promised...

Say hi next time.

And the same order, too. The frutti di mare with whole baby squid, tiny briny shrimp, and small-but-enthusiastic scallops is now my favorite item, followed closely by the proscuitto and arugula from the regular menu.

Outrageously fresh, delicious, and balanced, I wound up eating the whole darn thing in five minutes.

(lifestyles of the richly gluttonous)

(starring)

(kmango)

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I also thought the frutti di mare was an excellent pie when I enjoyed it last week. I hope it reappears frequently as a special.

My only minor quibble on the last visit was that the arugula salad came with a container of balsamic on the side rather than being served pre-dressed with that nice light lemon dressing I'd enjoyed on previous visits.

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My only minor quibble on the last visit was that the arugula salad came with a container of balsamic on the side rather than being served pre-dressed with that nice light lemon dressing I'd enjoyed on previous visits.

I had the same thought when I got my arugula salad this weekend. That being said, I freaking LOVE this place. I am also sad to see they are not using the pizza boxes with their cute kid on the top.

The pizza was fantastic, I think the crust has improved since the last time I had their pizza and the risotto balls should not be overlooked on your next visit.

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Ate at Pupatella last night and the 2 pizzas---white sauce & spinach and salami & olives--were superb. This place blows away Pizza Paradiso. After an initial adjustment to the soft, pliant and pillowy Neaopolitan crust, I now find it heavenly. It's the perfect vehicle for their classy topping. Needless to say, the casual atmosphere and friendly staff make this my favorite restaurant. Joe

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Thank you everybody! How can we thank you for all the love?

We must run some kind of a DonRocks folks only special. Let me think...

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Thank you everybody! How can we thank you for all the love?

Say hi next time. :(

(I didn't even know you'd posted!)

Free beer?

Nyes.

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After a late meeting and beer with the guys at Westover (fun new things coming up BTW), I managed to sneak in right before closing for a late take out dinner. Things had slowed down at that point with just a few folks eating in. Behind the counter they were working on the next day's sandwich bread in the oven. I ordered my usual, Arugula salad with Prosciutto, and ham and mushroom pizza. I waited, smelling that heavenly bread, and chatted a bit with Enzo about the process and how I haven't gotten a sandwich because the pizzas were so good.

He apologized about my pizza taking a minute to get in the oven as they were finishing the bread. I was in no hurry and it was literally only a few minutes so it was totally fine. Before I knew it my pizza was ready and he threw in a loaf to boot. "Try it, make a sandwich at home, it's best hot so warm it up." he said. It didn't last that long. Jenna and I tore into the still warm bread and pizza as well as the salad once it got home, and I ended up finishing the bread for breakfast today. Win and win.

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I was there last night on the earlier side (kid in tow) and had the spicy salami, kalamata & fontina pizza - lovely. Kiddo had the kid pizza and loved it, along with the bread from my bruschetta and gelato for both of us. Anastasia is alway so nice and understanding about the kids (we were 4 moms total with a 6 year old, a 3 year old, an 18 monther and my 16 monther). Cannot say enough good things about the quality of the food and the kindness of the owners.

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I was there last night on the earlier side (kid in tow) and had the spicy salami, kalamata & fontina pizza - lovely. Kiddo had the kid pizza and loved it, along with the bread from my bruschetta and gelato for both of us. Anastasia is alway so nice and understanding about the kids (we were 4 moms total with a 6 year old, a 3 year old, an 18 monther and my 16 monther). Cannot say enough good things about the quality of the food and the kindness of the owners.

My wife and I wanted to try Pupatella on Sat evening but were discouraged from doing so upon walking in. We didn't see highchairs, which we needed for a 1yr old, and it was mostly the high tables available. So, we unfortunately had to go somewherre else, which stinks because we really wanted to try here.

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My wife and I wanted to try Pupatella on Sat evening but were discouraged from doing so upon walking in. We didn't see highchairs, which we needed for a 1yr old, and it was mostly the high tables available. So, we unfortunately had to go somewherre else, which stinks because we really wanted to try here.

Sorry to hear that. We have many high chairs available - we put them all in the back near the bathroom. Next time ask us - we 'll be happy to set it up for you. Hope to see you next time!

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