Arlington’s Pupatella is recognized as one of the world’s leading pizza chains by the International Pizza Ranking Guide.
Italy-based guide “50 Top Pizza” lists Pupatella and dozens of other prominent pizza restaurants alongside its “2023 Top World Artisan Pizza Chains 50” list, which annually selects the world’s best pizza restaurants. The pizza chain was given a special award.
50 Top Pizza said on its website that their “popularly acclaimed style is reminiscent of modern Neapolitan pizza.”
“The menu features red and white pizzas, traditionally topped with Italian ingredients,” the website description continued. “The Naples Street Snacks section, specializing in fried foods, is a must-see.”
Founded by Enzo Algarme and his wife Anastasia Laufenberg from Naples, Italy, the pizzeria started in September 2007 as a modest pizza cart near the Ballston Metro Station.
Almost three years later, in 2010, the pair opened their first brick-and-mortar store at 5104 Wilson Boulevard in the Bluemont neighborhood (though at one point they were on the verge of closing).
Since its inception, Pupatella has won numerous awards and this week Algarme welcomed the news that Pupatella has been included in the guide.
“At Pupatella, we believe in doing things the old-fashioned way, and I think that’s why we’ve been a staple in the community since we opened in 2007,” he said in a statement to ARLnow. Stated.
“We also feel it’s important to invest in the communities that inspired us to build long-term relationships, rather than following trends,” he continued. “We strive to be a place that people come back to because they grew up there, and they know the experience they’ll get when they come to our location.”
The pizza chain is adding seven locations in the Washington, D.C., area, including one on S. Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, as well as stores in Washington, D.C., Reston, Springfield, Mosaic District, Leesburg and Richmond, Virginia. Also included.
The company plans to open four new stores in Washington, D.C., Alexandria and Chantilly, Virginia, and Columbia, Maryland, according to its website.