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Orso vs. Pupatella?

Bob W Oct 7, 2010 12:17 PM

I'd like to hear from Hounds who have tried both of these hot pizza joints. I'm going to finally try Orso this weekend (I used to work in the same building) and am wondering if I should grab a small pie at Pupatella as well since it's pretty close by.

Leftovers are not an issue. In fact, I'm looking forward to them.

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Pupatella
5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

  1. DanielK Oct 7, 2010 12:27 PM

    I like them both!

    Pupatella has very little seating, but since the place is so small, you really have the chance to talk with Enzo and Anastasiya, and they're wonderful hosts. Great little place.

    Orso is much much bigger, and has a correspondingly broader menu. If you're going with a group, or just want the table service experience, Orso is the better bet.

    As far as quality of pies, I honestly couldn't choose between the two. Both are excellent. Wish I lived closer!

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    Pupatella
    5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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      bhein Oct 7, 2010 12:33 PM

      I agree with danielK. The pizzas are great at both, but the set-up is different. Orso is a proper sit-down restaurant with hostess and all. Orso is like the drive-by pizza shooting of your dreams. It all depends on how much time you want to spend. I love them both.

      1. ktmoomau Oct 7, 2010 03:38 PM

        Even though they are the same type of pizza I think they are way too different to compare. I wouldn't eat both on one night, I think it would make both not as good. At Orso the pizza is all about the crust and the really fantastic ingredients. I really like the Giamante and the Mushroom one. They also have great clams and bruschetta. I also like the potato croquettas.

        At Pupatella the eggplant arrancini are good and so are the specials.

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        Pupatella
        5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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          Steve Oct 7, 2010 05:15 PM

          Pupatella is an extremely valuable place to have around. It serves a 'higher purpose' in that it is counter service, quick, inexpensive, and extremely delicious. Get the buffalo mozz and if you feel like you need to add toppings, go for the grilled onions and olives.

          Orso is a restaurant that serves some damn fine pizza.

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          Pupatella
          5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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            browncow Oct 8, 2010 04:47 AM

            I think it also depends when you are planning to go. Orso is generally an easy ticket, maybe a short wait, none if you order it to go. Pupatella gets overwhelmed at times. My last time trying to order pies to pick up by phone was impossible and after driving there was told that it would be fifty minutes. Quality wise, both are truly great pies.

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            Pupatella
            5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

            1. Bob W Oct 12, 2010 09:27 AM

              Thanks everyone! I just wanted to report back.

              I ended up just going to Orso due to time constraints. I went mid-afternoon so the place was virtually empty and sat at the bar.

              I got two daily specials: Grilled peppers and anchovies appetizer, and Vongole pizza, plus an Arnold Palmer.

              The Arnold Palmer was excellent, one of the best I've had around here ($2).

              The appetizer was good, but not what I was expecting. The peppers and anchovies didn't show much evidence of having been near a grill recently, but they came with two slices of delicious grilled bread, so I put it all together bruschetta-style. Tasty but overpriced ($7)

              Vongole pizza: excellent. That is some freakishly good crust. Really chewy, just outstanding. The toppings were very nice (cockles in the shell, capers, etc), but the crust is the star. Somewhat pricy, but this is great pizza ($16).

              Verdict: Very good. If I lived closer or god forbid, still worked upstairs, I'd be in there a lot more.

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                Steve Oct 12, 2010 12:04 PM

                Sounds like the peppers and anchovy appetizer might be 'taken' from the menu item at 2 Amys. It is very delicious at 2 Amys, but it is a cold appetizer, and if the skins are removed after grilling (which is normal), then you wouldn't see any grill marks once they are removed. Alternating pieces of red and yellow pepper. At 2 Amys they also have their own 'house mix' of crushed hot peppers on the table which adds enormously to this dish.

                Good to hear that the crust was fantastic. That's what I would expect.

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                  Bob W Oct 12, 2010 01:20 PM

                  Yep, very similar. This was also a cold app, two squares of red pepper with anchovies criss-crossed on each piece, grilled bread on either side and some nice oil drizzled over the plate. Very nice looking plate.

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                    DanielK Oct 12, 2010 07:39 PM

                    Considering that the chef at Orso was long the pizziaolo at 2 Amy's, it shouldn't surprise that menu items and style have gravitated.

                2. helenahimm Oct 13, 2010 08:46 AM

                  I've been at least 10 times at Pupatella and around 4 to Orso.

                  Main Reason, price because they both have fantastic pizzas.

                  When I go for pizza and I care a lot for appetizers and etc I drive all the way to 2amys, honestly Orso has good stuff and is a little less loud thatn 2 Amys, but their Suppli is nothing like 2Amys and that\s my favorite thing after Pizza when I visit these restaurants.

                  Pupatella hands down, delicious & cheaper!! =)

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                  Pupatella
                  5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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