Pupatella, Arlington, VA

(See January 13, 2011 Review here).

There’s really not much more to say about Pupatella whose co-owner, Enzo Algarme, celebrated a birthday early last week. I’ve been there a million times, and have yet to see him not working.

On Thursday night, it was getting late, nobody wanted a big production, and we decided to hit Pupatella which was the perfect solution. Two pizzas, and a bottle of that wonderful Sicilian white, 2009 Case Ibidini Insolia (only $13 with the purchase of two pizzas):

Tomato & Artichoke ($11) was the better pizza by itself, with the garlic-roasted tomatoes, artichokes and fontina cheese bursting with flavor.

Eggplant ($10) was the better pizza with the wine, with its grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, and fontina cheese.

Two absolute winners. How much did I like these pizzas?

The next night, I was back, this time getting four pizzas (and two bottles of that wine, one to go!)

Quattro Formaggi ($12) was a weekly special, with Gorgonzola, Brie, Asiago, and Fresh Mozzarella. Fortunately for me, my young dining companion (who enjoyed a San Pellegrino Limonata ($2) thought it was a bit “blue-y,” so I got to enjoy most of it while he greedily enjoyed the Chorizo ($12) with spicy Spanish chorizo, thinly shaved red onion, roasted red pepper and fresh mozzarella.

For dessert, a third pizza with Nutella and Fresh Fruit ($8), in this case with sliced matchsticks of fresh apple. Do yourself a favor and get this pizza next time you come!

And, of course, we were going to be hungry for breakfast the next morning (and I wanted that $10 discount on the second bottle of wine), so we ordered a Bimbi ($8.50), a kid’s pizza that’s the same size as the regular pizzas, but comes with simple toppings of San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Left out overnight, the sauce soaked into the crust, and it became quite mushy, so I would advise eating this on the spot rather than letting it sit – this is obviously my own fault, and when I peeked at the pizza right after getting home, it looked just as good as the others.

Six pizzas in two nights, and in case you haven’t noticed, five of the six were vegetarian.

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