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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
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Caprese salad had marginal tomatoes, barely a whisp of olive oil, and no balsamic. Pasta was not al dente. I had the linguini with clams, and it was blah and undercooked. We had to send it back. However, the pistachio gelato was over the top. The most delicious, wonderful gelato I've ever had. I would return for dessert, but the cuisine in general doesn't hold a candle to many other better Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Ate a late lunch/early dinner here on Sunday, 5/25/14. Our waitress, Sarah, was welcoming and informative. We started with the arancini (described to us a 4 risotto balls with either mozzarrella or bolognese inside - fried). There were 4 and there were delicious. The misticanza salad had a wonderful balsamic dressing. We enjoyed the gnocchi and the ravioli. My daughter finished with a homemade cannoli. Beauitful day out, so we sat outside. Lovely afternoon!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners at Il Pizzaiolo. This was our first visit to this restaurant and we will definitely be returning! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Having dined at the original Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon, I already knew the food was outstanding. So this review is simply to commend our excellent server, and the great ambiance for our pre-theater experience this past Saturday. The biggest downfall of this market square gem is that it's nearly impossible to get a reservation without planning weeks in advance. The prosciutto and mozzarella appetizer was sublime...the smokey flavor was the creamiest and best I've had in Pittsburgh. My mom ordered the eggplant pasta dish, and I chose the specialty pizza of the day, not a drop was left on either plate when we left. Excellent wine list, and the outdoor dining was just perfection on a sunny Saturday in Pittsburgh. Everyone should go!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A completely wonderful experience. Good appetizers (calamari, antipasto miso). The pizzas were amazing. Derive was friendly and accommodating and the ambiance lovely. Wine list is solid for wine lovers. The low point was desert. The canolli filling had a poor texture and a bit flavorless. Totally unexpected following a great meal Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Fun to go with your friends or on a date! It's romantic and exciting with amazing food and cocktails."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Delicious food. I am glad I brougth my family here on a special occasion despite a few negative reviews. I honestly have no idea what the reviewers were talking about.. the food was 100% authentic Italian and we all really enjoyed our meals. The cesar salad and the arugula pizza were our favorite parts, as well as the wine list. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at the restaurant last Sunday evening before going to a concert. The restaurant had been recommended by a friend so we were eager to try it. The hostess and waitperson were extremely accommodating throughout the meal. We sat outside and enjoyed our pizza app and totally enjoyed the quality and quantity of our entrees. As we were finishing our meal someone decided that it was time to switch the music to " Electronic Techno" something that drove us out within minutes. It was a shame to spoil the experience like that."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Excellent and authentic! Have been to both locations and both have a DELICIOSO pizza "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We went twice in one week and enjoyed all we ordered. Great place in the heart of a growing and re-defining Market Square area. We will be regulars!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "LOVE the basil pizza & Caesar salad! aLways have a good meal! A tight squeeze with sitting so close to each other.."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We made a reservation and arrived on time at a nearly empty dining room on a weekend afternoon. We were seated in front of the basement door, two feet away, which staff banged open and closed two dozen times. [Kudos to one courteous server who deliberately closed the door quietly. No one else cared.] To worsen the ambiance, we watched as the manager escorted a staff member wheel a large trash can through the middle of the dining room, not once once but 3 or 4 times. It was as if diners had interrupted the chores of the day. Next time, we will find someplace that appreciates its customers."
    Dined on 5/10/2014