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Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza

Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza

  • Stars
    This pizzeria is famous for their Italian food. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Stars
    The experts at Washington Post and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Washington Post
    • Serious Eats
  • Tips
    Washingtonian Magazine
    "Fried risotto balls with mozzarella and roasted eggplant"(4 Tips)
    Emily H.
    "One of the best Neapolitan pizza places ever."(5 Tips)
    Liz B.
    "Prosciutto and arugula pizza and mushroom pizza...AMAZING!!!!"(3 Tips)
    Arin R.
    "especially the Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella."(10 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon127 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • casual
  • gelato
  • healthy food
  • good for dates
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 8, 2013
    Pupatella sets the standard for Neapolitan pies in the D.C. area. What started as a humble food cart has become one of D.C.'s most reliable sources for good pizza. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsFebruary 13, 2016
    The Diavola pizza is out of this world: spicy salami, fresh mozzarella, and basil.
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Alan B.heart icon on user image
    Alan BruceMarch 30, 2015
    The pizza is fantastic. Quirky ordering system but really nice staff to help you out. Each pizza is made from scratch right in front of you! Fresh made mozzarella as well
  • D K.heart icon on user image
    D KJanuary 29, 2018
    Fantastic Italian-style pizza! We love the meatball pizza and the prosciutto and arugula. The arancini are good too!
  • Meshaheart icon on user image
    MeshaSeptember 17, 2017
    The right place if you crave a real Neapolitan pizza.. And super friendly ppl.
  • Emily H.heart icon on user image
    Emily HummelMay 13, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best Neapolitan pizza places ever. Fig and Pig pizza (prosciutto! balsalmic! brie!) is the stand out, but all of the pizzas are worth a try. Mozzarella balls for a perfect appetizer.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsFebruary 13, 2016
    The Capricciosa pizza is a solid option: sautéed mushrooms, marinated artichokes, prosciutto cotto & fresh mozzarella.
  • Juan J.
    Juan JorqueraJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If its your first time make sure to order a pizza. Any pizza. Pick one or make your own so you know what you're getting and then have pupatella blow your expectations out of the water.
  • Andrew D.heart icon on user image
    Andrew DobneyMarch 29, 2022
    Don’t expect much from the decor or atmosphere - but the pizza was awesome. Had the eggplant parmesan which was great, and the mushroom which was not my fave, but here’s to trying something new!
  • julia w.heart icon on user image
    julia wineNovember 22, 2014
    The pizzas are cooked I. A huge brick oven that is cool just to look at. The pizzas are all very good. The crust is amazing too. For dessert get the gelato it is really good.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 14, 2013
    Order the Margherita DOC. Made in the old-world Neapolitan fashion, the pie shines with San Marzano tomatoes, milky mozzarella di bufala and just a handful of ingredients in the dough. Read more
  • Aaron N.heart icon on user image
    Aaron NanceSeptember 3, 2014
    This place lives up to the hype, even tho it looks like a hole in the wall. Best, most authentic thin crust neapolitan pizza around DC. Eat in house.
  • Ann M.heart icon on user image
    Ann MMay 12, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Call ahead and take your pizza to go. It's crowded and the service isn't that great, but the pizza is awesome. It reheats well in a toaster oven, too, because it's a little underdone.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MilnorJuly 7, 2013
    There are very few instances when I like Eggplant. I almost didn't order the Aranccini because of it, but it was superb. It's All in the preparation! Their Pizza, I dare as good as 2 Amy's
  • kevin b.
    kevin bFebruary 18, 2014
    This was my sons first pizza (he's one) I don't know how to tell him that not all pizza is this good. I get the specials often. Always interesting. I've never had a bad meal here.
  • Amanda H.heart icon on user image
    Amanda HigginsMay 29, 2013
    This was my second time here. Lunchtime was super-crowded when I went first, so dinner was a lot more mellow. Pizza is amazing. I've gotten the Neapolitan & the Diavola so far.
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    BobbySeptember 11, 2016
    Fried risotto balls were delightful. Crispy risotto on the outside with warm cheese and sausage inside.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicJuly 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza is amazing, but don't skip on the delicious appetizers. Everything here is off the chain.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrNovember 11, 2013
    The real margherita is THAT good. Seating can be a clusterfuck so try and score a spot on the overlooked back patio.
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.April 4, 2012
    Great find in the Arlington area. Parking, $$. Fresh ingredients and tasty well seasoned toppings. Uses high quality cheese. The crust is a bit thin for me but very well done. Yummy
  • Kevin K.heart icon on user image
    Kevin KestlerOctober 29, 2015
    Insanely good pizza and a great beer selection. There's also a really cool patio area somewhat hidden out back through the red door.
  • Stina C.heart icon on user image
    Stina CMarch 23, 2013
    Visiting from north jersey where the Italian American restaurants have big egos. This place has great pizza to brag about. Gelato is ok, but the affogato is good! Friendly staff. Long line to order.
  • Bonnie S.
    Bonnie SmithApril 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good. Authentic Italian. Highly recommend the margarita pizza. Also their gelato is great! A pizza will fill you up and prices are more than reasonable!
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HOctober 20, 2016
    Chorizo is perfect for meat lovers, while Spinach is lighter and more varied in flavor (not so "meaty"). Returning for more pizza!
  • Brian W.heart icon on user image
    Brian WellsJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The other reviews nail it. Best pizza around. Recommended for anyone. Well, unless you don't like pizza.
  • Alberto P.heart icon on user image
    Alberto PetraliaAugust 16, 2014
    u guys like this pizza? I'm italian (raised and born), not that this makes better than anybody else but maybe I can have a say regarding pizzas. if you want the real deal go to 2amy's or menomale indc
  • Melissa M.heart icon on user image
    Melissa MonsalveJune 5, 2016
    All the pizzas I've tried are delicious, but definitely don't pass up an order of brussel sprouts!!! They're so delicious.
  • Majed A.heart icon on user image
    Majed AlashariMarch 25, 2020
    Nice classic pizza, however the dough is not crispy and some part of it get burned. Friendly staff.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 14, 2014
    Get the Classica DOC ($9) for the crisp, chewy crust, creamy mozzarella, fresh sauce, and aromatic basil.
  • Leandro L.heart icon on user image
    Leandro LageraJune 1, 2016
    Probably the best pizza joint I've been to. Great back patio too.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineNovember 22, 2011
    We recommend: Fried risotto balls with mozzarella and roasted eggplant; Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella; chorizo pizza with onion and roasted red pepper; prosciutto-and-arugula pizza.
  • Mark T.heart icon on user image
    Mark TegethoffSeptember 20, 2014
    The traditional Margherita Doc is everything you'd want it to be. Haven't tried it yet, but the pepperoni also looks delicious.
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MarkgrafMarch 24, 2017
    Diavolo pizza was great- that spicy salami certainly has some kick to it! Delicious salad and Gelato too
  • Bullmanheart icon on user image
    BullmanAugust 28, 2014
    Crust is very good, toppings are slightly above average, overall pizza is a B+. Dumbest ordering & service system I have seen, do not bring a group or anyone who is slightly impatient here.
  • Arin R.heart icon on user image
    Arin RoneyMarch 28, 2015
    Everything is good here, especially the Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella.
  • Joe Z.
    Joe ZMarch 21, 2018
    If you're looking for quick pizza to go, they have good quality pizza with lots of options. The service is fast but parking is limited.
  • LC
    LCJune 2, 2012
    Everything I've ever tried has been fabulous. The pizza is definitely the best in Arlington. The space is really cheerful as well.
  • Travis R.heart icon on user image
    Travis RamseyNovember 27, 2014
    One of the best pizzas in the world. Mushrooms are sautéed. Burratta cheese. Affordable. Not full service. Order then sit.
  • JH H.heart icon on user image
    JH H-DJune 4, 2022
    This place is an institution! The mushroom pizza is a sleeper, so sneakily delicious!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WaltonAugust 21, 2013
    Excellent pizza, however, I don't recommend getting it to go. The coconut gelato is as good as what I had in Italy.
  • Sabrina G.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina GuzmanMay 15, 2016
    The pizza is amazing! It doesn't even leave any trace of grease on your fingers!
  • Evi F.heart icon on user image
    Evi FuelleMarch 20, 2016
    Meatball pizza is delish... Can't go wrong with any pizza here!
  • Peter P.heart icon on user image
    Peter ParkMarch 18, 2016
    Extremely friendly, cozy, and just awesome.
  • JH H.heart icon on user image
    JH H-DSeptember 19, 2019
    Truly legit wood fired Neapolitan pizza!
  • Stefano G.
    Stefano GaggeroJune 22, 2013
    Great Italian Pizza!! I'm Italian and it's not easy to find pizza like this. Burrata's is fantastic
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillOctober 7, 2015
    Good pizza. Thin crust cooked perfectly.
  • Angus R.
    Angus RobertsonNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Expanded dining room with microbrew bar is a welcome addition. This outstanding pizza is meant to be eaten in!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BergeMarch 27, 2014
    Be ready to wait for a place to sit. But it is worth it!
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HOctober 22, 2016
    Chorizo and spinach pizzas are excellent. Very fresh, thin, and soft dough
  • Sana S.
    Sana SaeedAugust 23, 2012
    Try the beef pepperoni & gelato!...separately! ;)
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