Pupatella (Ballston)


I’m pretty sure I could sustain this blog on pizza places in the DMV alone. As much as I love pizza, I wouldn’t hate that! This day, we headed over to Ballston to check out Pupatella. It’s on Wilson Blvd. just past Ballston Mall. I actually had no idea it existed until a couple of weeks ago when reading some “Best Pizza in the DMV” lists. It’s not an area in which  I’ve spent much time, but there’s more and more stuff over there all the time, so I imagine that may change.



My life’s motto?

 We chose to head over there on a Saturday at lunch time. So, we walked into to the place about half-full with tons of families with kids buzzing about. Like Il Canale, it is a DOC Napoletana restaurant. They also have their big brick oven just inside the door. We grabbed menus and pretty quickly settled on what we wanted and marched up to the register to order. We went for a Sausage, Red Onion, and smoked mozzarella pizza and Salad 3 (Arugula, Parmesan, and grapefruit with a citrus dressing).  Since it was lunch, we just opted for water, but they had a pretty decent beer and wine selection.


The salad came first and we dug in. It was a really great combination of flavors. I don’t know if I’ve ever had grapefruit on a salad, but I’d do it again!

The pizza was only a couple of minutes behind the salad. I actually hadn’t noticed that the cheese was smoked when I order the pizza, but as soon as I took a bite, I could tell. It was delicious. The sausage was nice and flavorful too. And the crust, which I think is the most important part, was perfect. Crisp but still chewy.  Since we only ordered one pizza to split between the two of us, it disappeared pretty quickly. I think I would have liked to have another half of a slice. Maybe next time we’ll order 2 and have leftovers! Leftover pizza is never a problem.

  • Favorite thing I had: The crust on the pizza, as to be expected, was excellent.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: Any of the other pizzas. It would be nice to enjoy a little bit slower-paced meal with pizza and wine.
  • What makes this place stand out: The space is kind of interesting. You could tell it had been updated within the past few years, but not fully, just superficially. It’s sort of hole-in-the-wall in the best way possible.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): The next time I’m craving Napoletana pizza but don’t feel like going into the city. I think this might be the kind of place I’d take my parents.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): You’re a little off the beaten path (just a couple of blocks) from Ballston. I think Westover Market/ Beer Garden might be nearby, so had this been an evening meal, I may have headed there to have some beer. But alas, we had to be off to the grocery store.