Pupatella, an award-winning Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant, Friday opened its second location in the country in the Fan District.
The restaurant is in the former Rancho T location at 1 N. Morris St.
Pupatella launched as a food truck in Northern Virginia in 2007 and opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Arlington 2010.
Richmonder Zeeshan Kaba opened the first Richmond location and has plans to open a few more in the Richmond area.
Neapolitan pizza — as in, pizza made as it is in Naples, Italy — is focused on simple ingredients and few rules (wood-fired ovens, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh ingredients). Pupatella makes Neapolitan pizza, and it has its VPN certification (a designation given by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples).
Pupatella’s menu includes roughly 20 pizzas ($10-$16), plus the option for diners to make their own. Salads, small plates, Neapolitan fried foods (such as risotto balls and fried calzones) and a kids’ menu round out the offerings.
“If you’re not a convert when you walk in, you will be by the time you devour the last scrap of crust here,” Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema wrote of Pupatella in 2012.
Pupatella is now open for lunch and dinner daily - and ABC is on.