Pupatella

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

This is one of my rare Virginia posts. I hardly ever get out there since VA is on the other side, it is conceptually “very far” in my view, lol. On this occasion, some friends and I met up at Pupatella, a neighborhood Neapolitan style pizzeria that my friend was really excited about, and for good reason! Well I was already inclined to like them based on their FAQ section which says:

Can I take pictures and videos of you making pizzas for my blog?
Yes, please. We love foodie bloggers.

Haha! I ♥ you right back!

I have heard that some restaurants don’t like it when you take pictures of their food, though I’ve never been asked to stop taking pics myself. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind the request is (unless it’s the flash aspect? Which I do use when there’s lack of light, admittedly).

Pupatella is a smallish casual pizzeria just a short drive from Ballston Metro. If I lived in the neighborhood, it’s the sort of place I’d pop into all the time. X) You put in your order at the counter and you find a seat on your own. They’ll bring out your order when it’s ready. Pictured above is the sausage with caramelized onions and smoked mozzarella. Very meaty and tasty!

The rest:


Toasted almonds to nibble on, courtesy of the house.

Bruschetta – homemade bread, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Look at that mound of tomato! Loved how colorful and gorgeous this looked.

We got two different kinds of arrancini (fried risotto balls). This was the vegetarian one, with mozzarella and roasted eggplant. Cheesy and delicious!

Meat version with sausage, peas and mozzarella. Mmm….

I got the prosciutto pizza topped with buffalo mozz, parmesan and arugula. Ah, I loved this! The arugula was fresh and had its characteristic kick, mingling well with the saltiness of the prosciutto and cheese. Crust was thin and crisp but still nice and chewy on the inside.

They also serve gelato from Dolci Gelati, and you can get a cup for free when you order pizza on Tuesdays! I got a mix of coconut and hazelnut. (Hazelnut was underneath, so you can see it in this photo). I loved it! The flavors really popped, and the texture was creamy and lovely.

Since it was a birthday gathering, my friend brought her homemade carrot cake cupcakes! We had them at the restaurant (which was very nice – I’m sure some places frown upon that), and they were fab! The cake was moist and perfect, with not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting.

Thank you for the nice words and lovely photos!

I love Pupatella’s & glad you made it all the way out to VA to check it out.

30 Nov 2010, 10:23am
by Pam Hawthorne

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oh my goodness….i am now so hungry after looking at the pictures. I guess i need to make another trip to Pupatella’s.

 

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