Pupatella Napolitan Pizza opens its first store in Loudoun


The Pupatella location in Reston, in a former Pizza Hut building.


Huge news on the local pizza front. Neapolitan Pupatella Pizza, an Arlington-based brand, signed a lease for its first location in Loudoun County. It will open in the old Pizza Hut building on Market Street in Leesburg.

Pupatella specializes in the style of pizza made famous in Naples, Italy. The 900-degree wood-fired ovens are imported from Italy, and the restaurant’s pizza-makers must undergo specialized training in making Neapolitan pizzas.

Pupatella’s menu consists of red and white pizzas, as well as custom pizzas where you choose your own toppings. Some of the chef-designed pizzas include the Diavola with spicy salami, fresh mozzarella and basil; the Cappricciosa with sautéed mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, prosciutto cotto ham and fresh mozzarella; and an onion pie pizza with Italian cream sauce, caramelized onions, gruyere and bacon.

The pizzas are all 11 inch pies and are designed to serve one person, more or less. The menu also offers starters, salads, paninis, desserts as well as beer and wine. You can check out Pupatella’s full menu below.

Pupatella opened its first brick and mortar location in 2010 in North Arlington and has since expanded to five locations, with Reston (Wiehle Avenue) currently being the closest to Loudoun County. Two more Pupatella locations are in the works: Store # 6 at Mosaic in Fairfax (opening late 2021) and Store # 7 in West Springfield (opening late winter / early spring 2022).

Leesburg will be the brand’s No.8 and they plan to open it next spring. Reston’s location is also in an old Pizza Hut building, so they already know how to adapt it to Pupatella. Plans include adding an indoor / outdoor bar and large patio, pending City Council approval.

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