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The Truck Stops Here: Pupatella

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.

Photo: Pupatella

5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Founder + Creative Director. Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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