In the suburbs of Arlington, outside of a mall that has an As Seen on TV store, in an area which has nothing but fast food and chains like Panera Bread, stands a little spark of culinary magic, in the form of a lipstick-red food cart.
I think The Hogwarts School of Cheesecraft and Pizzadry opened a satellite location. Pupatella, which is Italian slang for “doll,” is the brainchild of partners and former culinary students Anastasiya Laufenberg and Enzo Algarme.
I order a Neopolitan with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella and proscuitto.
Anastasiya, a would-be Hermione Granger, deftly flattens out a piece of dough, spreads my desired toppings on it, and pops it into a tiny but powerful little oven, all in the time it takes to wave a wand.
When it emerges, it is transformed into a piping hot, fragrant pie. The scent of basil warms the crisp autumn air. Atop a browned and blackened thin crust, sits creamy, melted buffalo mozzarella. The subtle tomato sauce is like a veil, letting the prosciutto shine.
Instead of baking the paper-thin slices of bacon with the pie, they are gently laid across afterward.
Pupatella. Prosciutto. Pizza. Pie. Perfection. At about ten inches, it’s the perfect gourmet lunch for one person. A regular Margherita is $6, but with my buffalo mozzarella and proscuitto splurge, the bill came to $11. I would gladly fork over the money again.
5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205