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Pupatella Food Cart -- Ballston/Arlington

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Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a great food cart in Ballston at the intersection of N. Stuart Street and N. 9th Street just a half a block from the Ballston metro station. While its been there a number of months now, I finally tried it today. I ordered the freshly baked-to-order Margherita pizza -- you can't get a better bargain than that pizza for $5. Its one of the better versions on that pie in town. They also have daily soup and pasta specials, crepes and a sandwich or two. Its a small menu, but all of the items I saw as I stood in line today looked great. I will be trying more items and reporting back.

I would like to see this cart survive the winter and longer, so if you live or work in the Ballston area, give them a try. I think you will be pleased.

Has anyone else been? What did you think?


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  1. I work in Ballston and walk by it everyday. When it first opened, I tried a cappuccino I think?. It was horrible at best. I tossed it after 2 sips. It was a shame because I am not a Starbucks fan and am in search of a good, inexpensive, cup of coffee.

    I am always in search of good soup so I will give it a shot. Will report back.

    1. I like the breakfast crepes very much. Not thin like French crepees; these are eggy. Used to be two for five, now $3 apiece, so that's too bad. For lunch, pizza was $5 first time I went, don't know if price is still the same. Amazing that you can get pizza this good made under those conditions. Immediately better than 90% of what's around, and a good value to boot.

      1. It is right by where I live, but I am not often eating there during the week, or eating that kind of food for lunch, but I keep wanting to try it when I get a day home.

        1. OK I promised I would try it again report back. So today on my way for a bagel, I stopped at the pupatella instead and got a crepe. Not bad at all. For 3 dollars I got a ham egg cheese crepe. The crepes are very tasty. Will try the pizza at some point in time.

          1. I eat here almost everyday - the pizza is one the best in this area and they have great specials everyday. I recommend the sausage pizza and Guarana Brasilian drinks.

            1. So I finally got a day home, after how long did I swear I wanted to try this place? I got the pizza, although I wish I could do what the food people do and order a bunch of stuff and just try a couple bites of things, but budget doesn't allow that. There was a small line about 6 people in front of me. My pizza came out pretty quick, it was really impressive for a food cart. I have to say it was mighty tasty. $5 for a Margherita, $1 each topping. I got sausage and mushroom. The crust was thin and crunchy, the toppings were good, just enough cheese, a very neopolitan style sauce which was very tomatoey. I was impressed with the pizza let alone the fact that it came from a food cart. Might be my favorite pizza in our neighborhood. I will be back to try other things off the menu. The ciabatta sandwich, bisque, rice balls, it all looked excellent coming out. I hope this place does well. I kinda wish it stuck around a little later in the evening so I could grab a pizza for din.

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              1. re: ktmoomau

                I have to try this food cart sometime. How do they bake the pizza??

                1. re: Minger

                  They have this tiny little pizza oven, I don't know how it is fueled looks like a mini- big gas oven you see in pizza places, really thin crust so it cooks quick, but really good. I will be going back a lot this summer when bar studying at GMU, it was good, as time gets further out the more I want to go back soon.

                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    I went today and got their "special" pizza - roasted potatoes, carmelized onions, rosemary and bacon - it was incredible - hard to believe it comes out of the cute red food cart!! If you go, you have to also try the rice balls!!

                    1. re: chowmac

                      Those rice balls are good I went back during this recent finals period. I was hoping they had the sausage sandwich too, but they didn't so I got rice balls and pizza I took a rice ball and half a pizza to my friend who hadn't eaten yet, I don't think he believed me when I told him where I got it. Will have to go back during bar studying for sausage sand.

              2. I made my first visit today and wow, it's amazing that little truck produces so much good food! I tried the rice balls, which have peas, mozzarella, and some type of faux-sausage tucked inside, and the daily special of gnocchi with marinara and mozzarella. I loved the rice balls and thought the gnocchi was good Italian comfort food. With a Diet Coke, it was $12 and I have more than half the gnocchi left for a second meal so it's a great deal for the quality. I will be heading back soon to sample more of the menu.

                Has anyone tried the sausage sandwich?

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                1. re: cookiegirl

                  Sausage sandwich is very good and filling