Ladies and gentlemen, pizza lovers of the DC area, I arrive here to make an announcement.
I think Two Amy’s, DC’s reigning king of authentic Neapolitan pizza has a real challenger. That challenger is in the form of Pupatella, a brick and mortar expansion of a near-legendary Arlington food cart.
I’ve now been there twice and I can say, without any reserveations, that Pupatella’s pies are nearly as good as Two Amy’s, but with the benefits of not having a 45-minute wait anytime you actually want to eat, and for being located in Northern Virginia, just a short drive down Wilson Boulevard from the Ballston Metro station.
What should you get once you’re there?
- The Margarita DOC is wonderful and I think stands right up against Two Amy’s version. The simply ingredients are allowed to shine, and the crust has a wonderful consistency and just the right amount of chew and charred flavor.
- The appetizer of fried brussels sprouts mixed with green apples and balsamic glaze is simply superb and the kind of dish that I think could convert the legions of brussels sprouts-haters
Despite the restaurant’s small size, it has both wine and a well-thought out beer selection. If you’re in Northern Virginia and just not feeling the drive and wait to Two Amy’s, I cannot recommend Pupatella enough as a superb alternative.