Pizzaiolo - Oakland

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We at Pizzaiolo believe that the simple act of feeding people is at the core of what it is to be human. We focus on the ritual of taking life from the world around us and presenting it to you to sustain your own life.

When the day is done, the thinking that seems to matter most is that we are taking part in a web of human interaction. The food you eat at Pizzaiolo is 100% down-home human-made.
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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Salads were uninspired when they were so great before. Pizza was burned and paper thin. Buffalo mozzarella on pizza was chewy like gum. But others seemed to enjoy their meals and it was full.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pizza was a bit soggy in the middle. Sole it was a bit too salty. Expected more for the price.

d
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, the pizza crust was soggy, all the other food was stellar!

V
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a fun cozy place and the food is delish. We will be back.

J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good and consistent. Always a great meal. They never fail to disappoint.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

One of our mains came very late after our other three meals were finished. In fact, we had dessert menus before my husband got his main course. Shoddy. The server tried to make it up to us by comping us a dessert. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll be back to this old fave.

CB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked to be seated on the patio, as I'm hard of hearing and much better outdoors....while they said they could not confirm until day of reservation, they had our party of 8 on the patio, and menus printed with a heading for the special event we were celebrating. Service was attentive, knowledgable, but not intrusive; food was outstanding, especially corn and halibut fritters, and melon with prosciutto and other tasties...several folks said they would be back! Wine list is not extensive, but we sprang for the champagne and a sancerre--both excellent

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice

k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

better than ever on all fronts. i will call out the wine list here. the list is much more creative than it used to be. 4 or 5 years ago we would always pay corkage and bring our pwn. but now the wine list equals the great food, making the whole experience terrific!

MG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizza, dessert, and cocktails.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My family, some friends and I visited Pizzaiolo for dinner.
We had 5 Margherita and 1 Marinara with olives, some lemonades and a local lager.
Pizza is very good, well leavened and matured, as well as cooked.
The ambience is nice, but too dark ... you need an additional light to read the menu.
Staff are friendly, but they look in a hurry.
Price is definitely high!
Overall a good experience with a Neapolitan pizza!

B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dsat outside on the patio since it was a warm night which was great. Food was good as always and the craft cocktails were yummy!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great meal and enjoy the atmosphere and service!

EG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good quality, small quantity. Salad was a handful of arugula, but certainly tasty. Pizza was thin crust and not much cheese, but also tasty.

It was very hot that day and this place had no AC on, meaning we were sweating during our whole meal.

I’d go back here on a cool day and if I wasn’t really hungry.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want authentic Italian pizza, come to Pizzaiolo; Fresh ingredients, thin crust, and light sauce.

KS
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great

TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizzaiolo is one of my fave restaurants ever! The staff tonight was more phenomenal than ever. I came for my birthday celebration and their attention to detail was amazing. They made sure to hand me the menus that said "happy birthday" and even remembered to bring my dessert with a candle without anyone in my party having to remind them.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love that an experience can be elevated yet relaxed at the same time. The food is delicious... melt in your mouth bites from beginning to end.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and the food portions were a very poor value.

OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, nice service, food quality and portions perfect. Nice wine and cocktail service too!

SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Pizzaiolo since Jen Louise departed, but found myself there for dinner on Sunday. We were in the mood for a low key pizza/salad type of supper. How was it? Pretty much the perfect meal, shared with my chosen family on their patio on a warm Sunday evening.
Baby heads salad with beautiful stone fruit, beets, and the perfectly balanced vinaigrette.
Halibut Fritters of which dreams are made of.
Meatballs and pasta. OMG.
Pizza with cherry tomatoes and prosciutto (?) that was like taking a slow savory bite of summer.
Baked stonefruit dessert with earl grey ice cream.

I even loved the couple totally making out (in front of their child) during dinner which is weird (the food!) but still, it worked.

Already planning our return.

f
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizzaiolo is one of my favorite restaurants. It is consistently good food & the service is always excellent!

DJ
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Was extremely hot inside and no table available outside.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Pizzaiolo!

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BB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Pizzaiolo. I've been a couple times, but going for my birthday was a particularly special experience. They had special menus printed out that said my name and happy birthday at the top!! It was such a personalized experience, the server was great, the food was DELICIOUS. I will definitely return to Pizzaiolo.

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great and friendly. Pizzas were great. Pasta was just ok, though. It was a very small portion and the sauce was watery.

P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

food is not great but ambience on terrace is nice. Meatballs were very good; shrimp pasta mediocre. Dessert was good.

KS
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as when it first opened!

JV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had arugula salad with ricotta and something else. EXCELLENT. Had rockfish with 4 green beans and some sliced tomatoes. Meh. Apparently I missed the part that it was breaded (or something).

M
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great evening at Pizzaiolo. App’s were terrific as were the Pizza’s and Olive Oil Cake.
Maggie always makes certain things run well.
Our server ( dont know her name) seemed a bit uncomfortable but was fine.
Look forward to thr next time

AY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had two pizzas and the eggplant tortelli. Summer squash and my one-time favorite, rapini and housemade sausage pizzas: ingredients were fine but the pizza was lacking in burn. Surprising and disappointing.

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too loud to enjoy a conversation and too dark to read the menu. Food was fabulous. Service was great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

More vegetarian options needed

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience!!! Will be back for more!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went about 5:45 on a hot Saturday. Everyone was seated in the patio but we decided to eat inside. Love the ambience and the exposed brick and decor. You usually can’t notice the details at night because it is so dark. The chicken was superb and the pizza and meatballs as always were fantastic. The highlight was the grilled corn bread with corn ice cream desert. Yum!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything

DN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizzaiolo has always been a favorite and it was good to be back. We've always loved the warmth of the place in the summer as the sun sets through the front windows lighting up the patina of the front room. Our meal was as good as always, though we were a bit disappointed when the wonderful salads we started with weren't a little more generous. Our server provided just the right level of service.

K
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, cocktails and meal. A truly great experience!

I
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is fantastic, service is indifferent to rude. The vibe is "I don't care about you, I've got the hippest restaurant in Oakland and the tattoos to prove it."

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great, as usual. Service was lackluster (curt, unfriendly, zero communication about long waits for food on a busy night). We were seated by the bathroom even though we made reservations and saw empty tables nearby and had to put up with constant traffic and jostling.
We love the food and I think would have had an entirely different experience with a different table and different server.

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