How To Feel Like You’re Eating Pizza in Italy

29 Aug

Starting at left clockwise: Pizza 1) Margherita: Neapolitan buffalo mozzarella, basil, and olive oil; Pizza 2) Tomato Artichoke: Garlic-roasted tomatoes, marinated artichokes, and fontina cheese; Pizza 3) Pepperoni: San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and beef pepperoni

Another Arlington food establishment adventure!  Pupatella, a Neopolitan Pizzeria and Friggitoria (a place where fried food is sold, just one of Italy’s great traditions in street food), located in the Ballston/Bluemont neighborhood of Arlington, VA is a spot Bryan is been dying to hit up for quite some time.  I’ve been the hold up, but as soon as I heard great things about it from others like Claire and Grant I was on board.  Shining gf moment?  Not really.  Good things come to those who wait though!  It was a lovely double date evening which concluded at Cold Stone so Bryan fared just fine in the end.  Speak of the devil, here’s Bryan to tell you the Italian’s take on Pupatella.  More photos follow. 

Bryan’s Take (He’s Italian so his opinion is totally legit here, folks):

When the word Pupatella comes to mind, it’s not the most appetizing or enticing name. But after several friends had suggested it to me and some Yelp and food porn perusing online, I knew I had to go.  The owner immigrated over from Italy, took his brick oven by boat with him, and wears a Fedora.  If that doesn’t scream good guinea food, I don’t know what does (I can say guinea because I’m Italian, you others back off!).

The margherita pizza really reminded me of my grandmother’s pizza.  She would make homemade bread and put the cheese on first followed by the marinara and basil.  Sprinkle olive oil and maybe a little garlic on top and boom.  Pizza can sometimes get so involved with gourmet flavors from buffalo chicken to bbq to meat lovers, but if you want a genuine pizza with all the flavor – a simple margherita is the way to go.

All the ingredients were fresh and the buffalo mozzarella is extra moist compared to the traditional counterpart.  He doesn’t skimp on the olive oil either, using extra virgin…a must.

If you want some pizza, Italian store and Goodys have it covered. But if you want some authentic Italian pizza with simple fresh ingredients, I highly suggest Pupatella.

The pizza oven that journeyed all the way from Italy.

The staff make all pizza with love…and in fedoras!

(left and right) Arancini with Sausage (fried risotto balls) stuffed with sausage, peas, and mozzarella. (middle) Fried Fresh Mozzarella Balls with marinara.

The inner workings of Arancini.

2 Responses to “How To Feel Like You’re Eating Pizza in Italy”

  1. Claire August 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    So delicious! We need to go back soon.

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