The Best Pizza in Town
Here are 11 places to try. Now tell us who we left out.
The name of this Bluemont fan favorite, tucked into a modest storefront next to a gas station and a 7-Eleven, means “little doll” in Italian. As the menu notes, “It was our Nonna’s nickname.” There’s a limited waiting area, and the wait itself can be a bit long, but that’s a telling sign of a good thing. Once you sit down, you’ll be rewarded with VPN-certified pies that are the real deal. (Owner Enzo Algarme was born and raised in Naples.) Pupatella’s oven heats up to between 800 and 1,000 degrees, and the pizzas have a perfectly charred—but not burned—crust that remains soft and chewy inside. Order a classic like the prosciutto and mushroom pie; the funghi lend an earthy complement to the tender, salty ham and the mozzarella is creamy, never soggy. The kids’ pizza, called the Bimbi, is enough for two small kiddos to share. And soon, there will be more where all of that came from. The restaurant, which started out as a food truck, has laid ambitious plans to open eight more locations over the next three years. (Update: Pupatella now has a second location at 1621 S. Walter Reed Drive in Arlington.)
5104 Wilson Blvd. (Bluemont), Arlington; pupatella.com