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Orso vs. Pupatella?

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

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  1. 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

    1. 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. 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

        1. 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

          1. 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