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Arlington Favorite Pupatella Pizzeria Will Open Its First D.C. Location in Dupont Circle

The patio at the former Rosemary’s Thyme space will soon be flooded with margheritas

Margherita DOC pizza at Pupatella
A Margherita pizza cooks in the oven at Pupatella in Arlington
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Arlington’s top Neapolitan pizza expects to land in D.C. this spring

D.C.’s pizza boom continues. Northern Virginia stalwart Pupatella expects to open its first District location by the spring, giving the city another option for wood-fired Neapolitan pies following the recent arrivals of Japanese-style deep dish, New-York style slices, trendy Detroit-style squares, hyper-seasonal whole pies, and flat, round versions of cacio e pepe.

Washingtonian reported last week that Pupatella is moving into the former Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro next-door to new Korean hotspot Anju on 18th Street NW. Founding partner Michael Berger confirmed the news, telling Eater that Reston and Mosaic District (Fairfax) locations are next in-line. Pupatella recently opened a second Arlington location and has two franchised restaurants in the Richmond area. The brand secured a $3.75 million fundraising round in late 2018 to gear up for expansion.

Partners Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg have operated at least one pizza shop for the past 10 years. Washington Post columnist Tim Carman recently named Pupatella’s Margherita DOC as one of the top 10 pies in the area. It was the only Northern Virginia entry on his list.

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