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Pizza Autentica Opens in Ballston

by ARLnow.com October 26, 2010 at 8:00 am 5,918 19 Comments

Rapidly-expanding DC pizza chain Pizza Autentica opened in Ballston last week.

The store features a decent selection of pizza by the slice, sandwiches, salad and gelato.

Pizza Autentica also serves beer and wine. Prices are about what you’d expect for a cafeteria-style pizza joint — not too expensive but not too cheap — with the exception of pitchers of beer, which are an impressively low $8.99.

Budweiser, Yuengling, Miller Lite and Old Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale are all on tap.

The store also serves coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

  • Jason S

    I went their lsat night, it was OK. The high point was how cut it was to watch the young lady try to get the pizza from the pan without touching anything. Maybe they have had health rules covered with a little too much enthusiasm.

    • YTK

      Well, happy to hear they are trying to follow health rules. I gave up going to Panera in Bailey’s because they blatantly did not — the last time I was there)

  • Jason S

    “Cut” = “cute”, it was quite a struggle.

  • Ballston Supreme

    The pizza selection is very similar to Sbarro in terms of quality and the fact that it’s about 30 minutes old, sitting under hot lamps. Then they reheat the pizza in the oven for a couple minutes. Luckily the gelato looks really good.

    • rob42

      This is why I hate most slice places

  • charlie

    and where is this pizza place?

    • Lou

      NW corner of Wilson and Randolph

  • PurpleFlipFlops

    I miss my TCBY 🙁

  • Jobo

    It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that any business that puts “Authentic” in their name means their product is not.

    • LP

      And if they did put “Authentic” in their name you’d have a point, but they didn’t. It’s Pizza Autentica.

      • Jobo

        LP – that’s why I put “authentic” in quotes; I was meaning to suggest it doesn’t matter what language you say it in. (Though the word for authentic in Italian is “autentico” so they either got it wrong or thought it had a better ring to it with an “a” at the end and spelled it that way on purpose – either way I was including bastardizations of the word as well.)

        I wonder if their seats are “genuine leather”? LP, that means they would be made of the cheapest quality leather on earth, if it was real leather at all. You getting the hang of it yet?

  • Matt

    I went over the weekend and I thought the pizza was pretty good. And I know good pizza.

  • CW

    I walked in sunday night and it looked like the some of the most vulgar, wretched pizza I had ever seen in my life. 1″ thick doughy crust the color of office paper, sbarro-esque glossy shellac coating that I could see my own reflection in. I couldn’t even bring myself to try it.

  • Chad

    It’s a weak 2 stars out of 5 (not that anyone was asking). The pizza is doughy, not great tasting, and definitely not fresh. But it’s not crazy expensive and it’s open late.

    The ONLY reason I’ve been there is that it’s located at the base of my apt bldg. I’ve been there 3 times.

    This comment is much more an indictment of my laziness than the quality (lack of) of Autentica.

  • JamesE

    Is it worth the extra 2 minute walk from pizza roma?

    • Jason S

      I’m skipping Pizza Roma for a while, they confused Cheese Pizza for Hawaiian Pizza. A minor screwup on an order is OK, getting the entirely wrong pizza to me is not.

  • a’town

    I think its better than pizza roma, but thats not saying a whole lot. but for the price, you get what you pay for on slices. a fresh pizza is pretty good here.

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  • Randy

    This pizza is AWFUL. DO NOT GO HERE! Worst pizza I have ever tasted. Pizza Authentica = Cardboard

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