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Go to Pupatella!

bhein Jun 24, 2010 10:54 AM

The husband and I tried Pupatella a few days ago, and really loved it. He's an electrician, and often looks a mess when he's done work. This poses a challenge when we want to eat on the way home since we can't do much more than the Cosi/Panera/Chipotle circuit, and while reliable- not exactly fantastic places. No more! This is the closest I have come to the way Italians eat this type of food in Italy. Unassuming and quick, you place your order at the register, bus-your-own table and off you go. The difference is, you just ate a made-to-order delicious pizza or sandwich (or salad) made with very high quality ingredients, cooked perfectly, and very well priced. I ordered the prosciutto sandwich- and it was more than generous in both the size and amount of cheese and meat and tomatoes. I might have added basil- and will ask for the addition next time. They made the bread for the sandwich when I ordered it! The hubby got a sausage pizza. The crust is both super thin, and bendable! Hooray! The sausage was fantastic- not too hot, not too sweet. The beer and wine selection is surprisingly large. We recently tried Pizzeria Orso- and frankly, why do I need a hostess and a server when all I want is a good pizza and a glass of wine- and the pizza here is just as good, if not better. Check it out!

5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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    Steve RE: bhein Jun 24, 2010 08:33 PM

    It is indeed a great place, and I love both the food and the setup.

    I have been experimenting with ingredients, and I've tried all the vegetarian options so far - someday I'll work my way through the meat options but I prefer vegetables. The only ingrediant I would say NOT to get is the eggplant. It is roasted in large chunks and it doesn't work at all.

    SO far, nothing beats the buffalo mozzarella - with onions and olives being the best add-ons. The sauteed onions are a great addition. On such a simple pizza, you really miss out if you don't get the buffalo mozz.

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      MikeR RE: bhein Jun 25, 2010 07:08 AM

      Shhhh . . next thing you know, Obama will be taking diplomats from Italy there for lunch.

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        jaydreb RE: MikeR Jun 25, 2010 07:23 AM

        Yeah, let's keep this one quiet please.

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        Steve RE: bhein Oct 19, 2010 11:21 AM

        I just wanted to put in a good word for the great arancino they serve at Pupatella. It is large, and be careful, because it is loaded with cheese and sausage and peas inside. Worthy of many exclamation points and one of the best things I've eaten all year.

        5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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          helenahimm RE: Steve Oct 20, 2010 09:15 AM

          Their arancino is very decent indeed!

          I won't drive to Orso unless someone else pays, 2 Amys on the other hand their suppli still delish delish...

        2. alkapal RE: bhein Oct 3, 2011 04:58 AM

          have been very pleased with pupatella recently -- esp. i am crazy about their burrata platter (thurs. - sat. only). mr. alka recently enjoyed a fig and brie pizza special.

          it is a bummer that they close between lunch and dinner -- and dinner is not open until 5 pm.

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            Steve RE: alkapal Oct 3, 2011 06:22 AM

            The panzarotti (mashed potato fritters) are my latest vice, and I agree about the burrata platter - though I need more bread to go with the large amount of cheese they give you.

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              alkapal RE: Steve Oct 3, 2011 07:41 AM

              this time on the platter i think there were fewer (or smaller) pieces of bread than the first time i got it. and this time they used arugula and not basil. next time i order, i'll see if they can do a blend, and add a little extra bread. their bread is terrific, isn't it?

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