'Virginia' on Serious Eats

Dear Slice: Northern VA/DC Notes

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got some tips from the D.C. area ... Adam,Just a few items I thought worth noting.1. Aside from Pizzeria Orso, in other Northern Virginia/D.C. pizza news, the couple behind Pupatella, a Neapolitan pizza cart you mentioned a couple years ago, finally opened their full restaurant a couple weeks ago. It is also called Pupatella, and I've been twice now, and while they are still getting the operation in order, the pizza I had most recently was fantastic. Probably better than 2 Amys, which is their only real D.C.-area competition (the others are mediocre... More

Openings: Pizzeria Orso, Falls Church VA

[Photographs: Pizzeria Orso] Pizzeria Orso, the long-awaited D.C.-area wood-fired-oven joint helmed by former 2 Amys pizzaman Edan MacQuaid along with wife Thea MacQuaid, has finally opened. Seriouspizza has been chiming in here and there with updates. We'll save him the trouble of commenting by mentioning it right here, right now. It opened just a few minutes ago at 11 a.m.... More

Gunman Surrenders After Taking Hostages, Demanding Pizza at Virigina Post Office

Thank God no one was hurt when alleged hostage-taker Warren "Gator" Taylor wheeled himself into a post office in Wytheville, Virginia, shot off a gun and then initiated a stand-off when it was reported he carried a "device" with him. According to CNN: He asked for a pizza but made no other demands, Dunagan said. He seemed neither angry nor disgruntled but did utter complaints about government and taxes, Dunagan said.When the supreme pizza that police ordered was more than half an hour late, Taylor joked that Pizza Hut promises delivery in less than half an hour or the... More

Naples-Style Pizza Cart in Arlington, Virginia

Photograph courtesy of the Pupatella pizza cart. Melissa McCart (Counter Intelligence) writes about a type of street cart you don't often see, a Neapolitan pizza cart. It's in Arlington, Virginia's Ballston neighborhood: Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg weren't kidding when they said they know pizza. The name of Ballston's new Pupatella Food Cart—pupatella is slang for doll in Naples—is a reference to Algarme's grandmother who inspired his love of cooking. Although they've only been open a week and are making do with a standard oven as opposed to the wood-burning one that's becoming the standard in the area's top... More

Virginia Reader Tip: Pomodoro

Dear Slice, You forgot to include northern Virginia in your lists. And the best of the best is Pomodoro (Tony, the owner, is from Naples, by way of Brooklyn). —Larrie F.; Fairfax Station, Virginia Thanks, Larrie. We're always looking for good recommendations for pizza made by New York City expatriates. —The Management POMODORO PIZZA AND PASTA Address: 12152 Fairfax Towne Center, Fairfax VA 22033 [map] Phone: 703-273-7405... More

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