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Il Pizzaiolo - Mt. Lebanon

Il Pizzaiolo - Mt. Lebanon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ilpizzaiolo.com/
  • Phone: (412) 344-4123
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch & Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Il Pizzaiolo - Mt. Lebanon
Opened in 1996 by Pittsburgh native Ron Molinaro, Il Pizzaiolo started with a simple credo: create Neapolitan pizza using old-world techniques and the highest-quality ingredients available. Since then, the restaurant has become a vibrant gathering place for lovers of Neapolitan pizza, pasta and Italian wine. Nearly everything on the menu is hand-made. And if it’s not made in-house, it’s imported from the best artisans, cheese-makers and salumeria in the world. Mozzarella di Bufala comes direct from Naples every Thursday and the pizzas are baked at 1000˚ in a handcrafted, wood-fired brick oven for less than 90 seconds. This, along with perfectly leavened dough, San Marzano tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil, produces the most authentic Neapolitan pizza possible.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Best martinis in town. Food is consistently excellent. A dinner on the patio on a nice summer night, can't be beat!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Great service at the Wine Bar. Excellent recommendations on wine and food by our server. TVs in the wine bar dining area were playing a strange movie, but it was easy not to watch"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "The food and drinks were, once again, delizioso! It is our go-to restaurant when we want exceptional food and the only place my daughter requests when she comes home from college. The wait staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, regardless of how busy they are. The penne a la vodka was cooked perfectly al dente, gnocchi with mozzarella is a real treat, and the drinks are unique. I've never had a disappointing meal yet and ready to come back again!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times as we live in walking distance. This time we brought out-of-towners with 2 picky teens. We shared the arancini and a salad, both were terrific. All the adults and one teen had pasta, all good. FYI the pasta is served al dente. The linguine with clams was loaded with little necks in the shell. The youngest wanted pepperoni pizza (not on the menu) and they happily made her one. It is loud and can be difficult to speak but has a great vibe. If your not familiar with Italian wines the we have found the waiters to be knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We celebrate all our special occasions here! The food is wonderful and all freshly prepared. The ambience is chic but comfortable and reminds us of where we used to live, New York. What a gem for the South Hills!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Excellent wine list. Great beer selection. All Italian. Pizza is excellent. Pasta dishes are awesome. Unique drink menu with a cozy bar in the back building. We will continue to dine here. Love it!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "But we are originally from the Pittsburgh area. No matter how busy we are whenever we visit, we always make time to stop at Il Pizzaiolo! We only have great things to say about this restaurant! We will continue to visit again and again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Ill Pizzaiolo is one of the best restaurants in the burgh (my favorite) - everything was fantastic - we had the Arancini, 2 types of pizza (Sausage and Arugula/Proscuitto), and the Eggplant. Service was great, as was the wine - will keep coming back here!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Had the wedding soup and it was exceptional. Also ordered a cheese and meat plate and this was just ok. My server was very knowledgable about the wine list even though it was new."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Server was extremely knowledgeable and recommended wine. Best Gnocchi I've had. Wish they would open in the North Hills."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Our other party was running a little late, but the staff was very friendly and allowed us to sit in the bar and enjoy a glass of wine while we waited. (without giving up our reservation or threatening us like some places do.) I decided not to make any decisions, and left the wine and food suggestions up to the staff. The bar staff came through with an excellent choice, and our waitress did not disappoint with a short rib Ziti that was out of this world and a chilled Red that was unusual, but amazing. The rest of the meals in our party were equally amazing. Nothing disappointed, and the entire staff was friendly, attentive and accommodating. We ended the night back in the bar, which is the ideal spot for a nightcap."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I can't say enough about how good the food is. I've never had a bad meal here, and try something new each time I come. Favorites are the arancini, tagliatelle bolognese, and the many veal dishes. And the pizza is perfect - just like in Italy."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Always Fabulous! Enjoy ti every time. The staff, the food, the manager always a treat!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I'll say that the food was good and warm when it arrived, but the prices are too high. The service was friendly enough, but pretty inattentive and the food took a long time to arrive. 45 minutes is a bit too long to wait for lunch. So $80 (including tip) for a lunch for two that took almost two hours when there are many comparable options in the Mt. Lebanon area will have us going elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The waiter was very good, the food excellent. It was like sitting in Europe out on the patio and when the rain started and almost everyone had to go in, we didn't, cause we were under a tree and didn't even know it was raining. A very nice evening"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We took friends for the first time so we wanted reservations so we didn't wait all night.! We got there and wanted outside terrace dining. They told us that we could not use our reservation for that area, but we were seated in the back bar, which has such a great feel we loved that! Our food was good, but came out in weird timing. We actually thought that they forgot our main course since it took a while to come to the table. We ordered a few appetizers, salad, pizzas, and pasta. The food was very good!The entire dining experience was almost 2 hours. The wine list is a little challenging to read. The server and bartender did a nice job in finding something comparable to what we wanted The food is a little pricey for pizza and pasta."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I prefer the outdoor patio than their dining room. Food was good along with the service."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food is very good. Prices have gotten much higher lately...quite pricey . Pizzas more $ and size is smaller. Used to be able to share between 2 of us....not anymore..."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We enjoy eating outside for our anniversary every year! Cute, cozy, & romantic at outdoor tables! Fabulous waiters & waitresses! Yummy food! Fantastic desserts made by Jody!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is always amazing - I've never been disappointed. Everyone in our party of 7 was happy with their meals."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food and service great. A bit loud this time...but we love going here."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our server was great, as was the food!! However, it was all overpriced. We ordered 2 glasses of wine, one large salad, 2 pizzas, 2 desserts, 2 coffees = $95. We were supposed to have bread at the table w/our salad, but they were out of bread. Odd. The salad and pizzas (1- spicy salami; 1- mushroom) were excellent!! The lemon dessert was also very good. The pear dessert was bland."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My friends all had great things to say about this place, but I wasn't impressed. We sat in the wine bar, waited over an hour, despite there only being one table sat at. The food was average at best. The service was so-so, probably would've been better if the bartender didn't have to watch the bar (which was full) and 3 tables by herself. There was 9 of us, so maybe the experience would be better with only 2-4, but I don't think I'll be itching to get back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit and each time we have been to Il Pizzaiola we have been very pleased."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was really delicious and arrived quickly. Both my husband and I were happy with our choices. Only complaint was after my husband and I had ordered and gotten our food, we heard our waiter and then another waiter mention a special they were offering, we were never told there was a special. We wouldn't have ordered it on this night once we heard what it was, but it could have been something we wanted so should have had the option to choose it,"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Nice place but very noisy. Service good in general. Of the six diners they got one of the orders wrong but ended up taking the entree off of the final bill."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Il pizzaiolo has some of the best pizza in Pittsburgh. Try the prosciutto and arugula."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The prociutto arugala pizza is incredible but you can't go wrong with any pizza on the menu."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I ate in the wine bar for a Friday night date night. We had delicious wine and started with the arancini followed by the prosciutto and arugula pizza. Everything was great. There was a very noisy table next to us, but it was Friday night and we were in the bar so we knew what to expect. We'll definitely be back. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great pizza, excellent wine; the wine bar was too noisy we should have sat outside on the patio which is always very nice."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Dining alfresco in the beautiful garden on the consistently delicious Il Pizzaiolo food is one of my favorite things to do! Incredibly enjoyable... feels like a little touch of Italy and the wait staff are always calm yet courteous, knowledgable and there only when you need them! Will always remain a "special treat" to me! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I have come to Il Pizzaiolo on multiple occasions and most recently did so for my boyfriend's birthday. Our reserved table was ready the moment that we stepped in the door and our server was attentive throughout the entire evening. We each had the lasagne, which was absolutely delicious. Il Pizzaiolo never fails to satisfy! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Always the best! Best Pizza anywhere and Sunday Ragu is out of this world!!!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We saw the reviews of this place and decided to check it out. Our food was ok, but the prices here are unbelievable. My wife had the lasagna and I had the rigatoni and meatballs. Lasagna was very good, rigatoni and meatballs was average. We each had a glass of wine and our bill with tip (20%) was $75.00. I just relocated here but I think there are probably better options. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was very tasty and we didn't have to wait long for it. The service was friendly and responsive. The restaurant was a bit loud, though."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food is amazing and best Italian cuisine in Pittsburgh! Service is attentive and ambience is delightful. Will be back!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Food was good, but service was poor. Previously, I had been to the Market square location where waiter explained the menu (what was imported, what was made in-house, etc). None of that. You don't have one waiter here, as another stopped, we ordered appetizers but that info never made it to the kitchen. Though, did make up for it with dessert, when we brought it to our attention. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We sat outdoors on the patio, which was beautiful. The salads are delightful and perfectly dressed. The pizzas are decent, especially the pizza with partially fried dough. The ravioli is very good. The service is friendly and professional. The dessert is fabulous -- especially the cannoli. My only complaint is how long it took to receive our coffee order--no exaggeration, it was at least 30 minutes. Apparently they only have one espresso machine? The coffee came at least 20 minutes after they brought out our dessert, which was a disappointment. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Il Pizzaiolo is a regular dining spot for us. The food is always fresh and authentic. Consistently delicious and vibrant atmosphere. Brick oven pizza and pasta is our local favorite."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I'm so happy that Il Pizzaiolo is on Open Table - this place is extremely popular, so having a reservation is a huge plus. We love the patio, but the dining room is uncomfortably loud. I keep hoping they'll install some sort of sound absorbing material on the ceiling or walls."
    Dined on 5/8/2014