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Il Pizzaiolo - Pittsburgh

Il Pizzaiolo - Pittsburgh Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilpizzaiolo.com
  • Phone: (412) 575-5858
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sphatt
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Square and Forbes Ave.
  • Public Transit: Gateway LTR
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered at Kiosk in Market Square
A word from Il Pizzaiolo - Pittsburgh
When Il Pizzaiolo opened in 1996 we started with a simple credo: create Neapolitan pizza using old-world techniques and using the highest-quality ingredients available. Today, we hand-make nearly everything on the menu - from sweet fennel sausage, meatballs and pasta, to mozzarella and antipasto vegetables. If we don't hand-make it, it's imported from the best artisans, cheese makers and salumeria in the world. Our Mozzarella di bufala comes direct from Naples and we cook Pasta Faella; the best dried pasta in the world, always to order, always al dente. We bake our pizzas at 1000 degrees in a handcrafted, wood-fired brick oven for less than 90 seconds using perfectly leavened dough, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. The result is an authentic Neapolitan culinary experience with integrity. Buon Appetito!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was fantastic. The restaurant came highly recommended, and we were really looking forward to it. The restaurant couldn't find our reservation, which was disappointing, but they were able to seat us anyway. We loved the neapolitan vegetables, and the pizzas. We plan to return."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Delighted to find this restaurant open on Sunday - sometimes its hard to find a restaurant open on that day. The restaurant was filled, Market Square was active. I had friends in from out of town and we enjoyed outside dining. Great server who accommodated our every wish. Food was great - everything went perfectly."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was very fresh and flavorful. The pizza we had was "Italy" traditional in style with a crust that was slighly crunchy but light and airy at the same time. The eggplant parm was the best we have ever had it was cooked to perfection with a perfect blend of flavors. Our server Brian was top notch having been a former waiter he did everything perfectly. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Il Pizzaiolo. The food was very good, but what made our experience special was the attention we received from the staff. Vanessa and others went out of their way to make us feel welcome and her knowledge of the menu and wine list was unsurpassed. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We arrived a little early, but were seated immediately. After bringing our wine and taking our order, our waiter never came back. Our dinner was delivered by someone else. We were never asked how our meal was, didn't know there were any specials until we heard the waiter telling another table. We asked for bread but were told they were out....at 8 pm on a Saturday night? After finishing our meal, I had to call the manager over to remove our dishes. He did comp our meals, but the whole experience was not pleasant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our table had 2 pizzas and a salad. The pizzas were above average authentic italian thin crust pizza. The salad looked like it was spring mix thrown on a plate with two tomatoes. Our waitress looked uninterested and annoyed to be serving us."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I am a Gluten Free Vegetarian and I wanted to say that the vegi platter and salads are a great option. I am still hoping for the day they offer GF pizza and pasta... but for now I am able to wine/dine in this cool location."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "the waiter we had was very knowledgeable about the cuisine and recommended his favorites which was excellent"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Sitting outside at Il Pizzaiola was a great place to have a business lunch and be part of all the activity on Market Square. Salads were unique and delicious. Wood-fired pizzas were to die for. Look forward to having another reason to meet clients there."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. And our friends tell us it is consistently so. The calamari was delicate and done perfectly. The gnocchi with wild boar was great. The branzino (fish) was done the way I remember it in fine restaurants in Italy. The food can stand up to the finest restaurants anywhere. We were there on a Tuesday night and it was busy. The server was pleasant but not attentive and there were long waits for everything, including taking our order, delivering the drinks, the food, and even the bill. She seemed oblivious. Perhaps the other servers are better and I would not eliminate this fine restaurant based on this negative service experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The service here has greatly improved from previous visits. Our waitress offered suggestions on food and wine and was attentive without being obsequious. And the food is still top notch. The atmosphere was noisy, but usually just because people were having a lot of fun."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was average, service was ostentatious, but the cannoli was one of the best I've had. I'll return to get the cannoli to go."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Loved the food, shared appetizers all of them great. My friend had the meatballs and said they were delicious. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable. I loved the look of the bar. The service was great, server was attentive and friendly. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I was able to book online with ease. As always, the food was great. We were able to enjoy very nice weather by sitting on the patio. That was a request I put in when I booked online and they honored that."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I were there with friends. Each of us had a different pizza and shared. All of them were wonderful. Can't wait to go back and try 4 more."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nice place, great service...very small portions and expensive, particularly since food was just ok."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food is decent but not a place to go for a business dinner as it is too loud."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "A companion and I dined here last Sunday and ordered two appetizers, two entrees and a $110 bottle of wine. The appetizers were very good, but when the entrees arrived, my companion was given the wrong dish. We informed the waiter and he realized and admitted his mistake. We had to wait roughly 20 minutes for replacements for both our entrees to arrive so we could dine together. When the bill came, we expected some kind of compensation for the waiter's mistake, at the very least, my companion's entree should have been comped; if not both of our entrees for having to wait an extra 20 minutes. Given our wine choice, they didn't lose any money on us. I told the waiter as much and he offered to talk to his manager but the damage was done."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food here was amazing, everything was super fresh and cooked perfectly. The service though was pretty bad, we were served our main courses before they brought out our drinks, no one came around to refill our glasses, or check on us. But, the food made up for it, I would definately go here again."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We took our daughter here for her birthday. The wine choices were very nice. We all had our own dinners and shared the meatball appetizer. The meatballs are fantastic. We were seated in the back corner booth and the service was a little slow. We went elsewhere for dessert."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The noise level was deafening. We couldn't hear each other or our server, and ended up skipping coffee and dessert (which we would have enjoyed) in favor of carrying on a conversation elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nothing bad here. Fresh made food. Delicious in every way. Enjoyed sitting outside. Very small place, so good to make a reservation"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Their pizza is authentic and delicious! Also had the ravioli and it was outstanding. Open Sundays and is great to visit while enjoying all that Pittsburgh has to offer."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was very good. The restaurant has a fun and energetic atmosphere but can get kind of noisy. I would come back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "If you are in a rush over lunch this is not the place to go. The service was very slow and didn't seem like the waiter was overly busy. The food however was excellent when it came out."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at Il Pizzaiolo and I was very happy with the food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Had dinner there on6/21/14...the food was delicious! I've been to Italy many times and the ambience they've created is authentic."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "In town for the weekend, and had dinner on a Friday night. Great pasta, outstanding service (Casey)."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have eaten at Il Pizzaiolo several times, both downtown and in Mt. Lebanon and have always really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. However, this lunch was somewhat disappointing and mostly it was do to the excessive noise. I had lunch with a colleague and we ate inside (which I thought would be better than the patio because of the live music on market square). However, we were seated upstairs and it was equally loud do to the three televisions showing the world cup games. The TV was so loud, my colleague and I could not have a conversation. I was so annoyed with the loudness of the space that I didn't enjoy my food. Salad dressing on the field greens salad was excessively sour and the pizza which I generally love was not tasty."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Whenever I go to this restaurant, it's easy to imagine that I have taken a quick trip back to Rome. Great food. Lively atmosphere. The hard part is leaving at the end of the meal. BTW: Great coffee."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great spot in market square. A shared pizza & salad can't be beat. Fun vibrant atmosphere. A little pricey for lunch but worth it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We only had their antipasta and split a pizza..and both were delicious. We also split dessert which was good. The food entrees coming out looked amazing! Will definitely go back and dine - possibly for dinner before or after a show."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had our Father's Day dinner at this restaurant, and very possibly the most memorable Father's Day meal of all time. Food was superb (variety of pizzas and salads and desserts). Our waitress was warm, friendly and accommodating -- clearly added to the experience! A wonderful food fantasy from start to finish!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great atmosphere & decor - just what Market Square needed! But the best part is the food - perfectly prepared fresh ingredients. Great service. Looking forward to my next visut!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Il Pizzaiolo has never disappointed. Staff has been accommodating and flexible even when no seats appeared available, they moved things about to get us in. Pizza is excellent and I highly recommend the prosciutto and mozzzarella board. My favorite entree is the veal milanese that they do with bone in."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Whenever visiting Pittsburgh, this place is a must! The food is amazing."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I lived in Naples for 3 years and this restaurant is like being back in Italy. The pizza is as authentic as you will find without crossing an ocean. Top notch."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to celebrate our second year anniversary and it was amazing! We made a reservation and were sat promptly after we arrived. We were even offered indoor or outdoor seating. The food was fresh and delicious. We had the caprese salad as an appetizer and it tasted like they had just picked the tomatoes! Our server Kaylin was outstanding. She was very polite and knowledgeable when it came to the menu. Bob the manager was awesome! We had a great night and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Il Pizzaiolo is by far, hands down, the best Italian food I have ever had. My husband has been to Italy numerous times and says Il Pizzaiolo's food is like being back in Florence eating homemade gnocchis. The restaurant is beautiful and the service is friendly. Since the majority of the wine selection is in Italian and I couldn't read it, the servers knew exactly what to recommend based on what kinds of wine I prefer. So helpful! Just a small tip... ask for cheese in your dipping oil for the bread! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Il Pizzaiolo is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Pittsburgh. The Pasta dishes are all so fresh and delicious . Tiramisu for dessert is amazing ! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014