Pizzaiolo - Oakland

4.6
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658 Reviews
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great.

BI
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very perfunctory service. Lacked basic wait table skills. More interested in picking up dirty dishes from the table than even asking us if we wanted another glass of wine or if everything was ok. Food is very well prepared but portions are small. They have an excellent cocktail menu, though, but I would stick to the pizza when ordering food.

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was memorable, along with mussels and spaghetti! Cocktails outstanding!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We got 3 pizzas and they were all too oily and bland - no flavors. The service was slow and inattentive. Overpriced place for what you get. This isn’t the Pizzaiolo that I remember from a few years back.

SB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food was awful. Save your money. Citrus salad in a pool of blended herbs, rockfish fried to a crisp. Was there really any fish in there? And sitting in a pool of sauce. Really... everything we ate was terrible.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love the food here always fresh and delicious. The pasta is al dente and my friend loved his pizza.
I would like more green salads. The little gem was okay covered in dressing. Butter lettuce and a little escarole with fresh wild herbs and arugula is always good with a simple excellent olive oil dressing.
Bread is delicious! Simple with top quality ingredients always gets it done. More ice cream on desert it is so good

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this chef, new incredible menu every day

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at Pizzaiolo for years. Staff has always been kind and and accommodating. Food is still delicious and I also come for the ambiance. Restaurant is comfortable, warm temperature, and the noise level is perfect for conversation.

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was so warm and cozy Saturday night. The pizza and appetizers were fabulous and loved the specials for restaurant week.

V
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had the sardine appetizer and the Brussels sprout pizza. Then Affogato for dessert. Every dish was delicious. The only problem with this place is the staff. What's with the attitude, people? Would it hurt you to be pleasant and helpful? Remember you work in a restaurant, serving people. Sorry, but that is your job. So do it!

RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Much has changed; not all for the better. They stopped using mozzarella di bufala, maybe cost, maybe convenience, but the pizze were really not special anymore. The wine list was spartan and greatly over priced. The only NW Pinot Noir was offered at over 80 a bottle. Nothing less than 60 a bottle. For fine dining and excellent wines, sure, if ouch. The wines were ok but not stellar; certainly not meriting this price. The ambience is peculiar. Pumping out background 'music' (if mediocre pop is music; I mean Paul McCartney and Wings?)...so the vibe I appreciated years ago is vanishing, the pride in work seems modest.

KO
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so yummy! I brought my cousin there fo her first time. She wasn’t drinking alcohol at the time so the waiter offered a mock tail which was so so good. We split a salad, a pizza and an appetizer and everything was delicious! Can’t wait to come back.

ML
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

In the past I loved Pizzaiolo, although it's been a while since I've been there. I chose it to celebrate a very special occasion and my birthday a few days ago, but was so very disappointed with the experience. I was with two young people who wear hearing aids, and the music was so loud it was very difficult for them to participate in the conversation. I asked 4 times to have the volume turned down, but nothing changed. I thought the music would have been very appropriate for a bar scene of 20-somethings. If I didn't want to have conversation, I may have enjoyed it, but it absolutely interfered with our dining experience. I truly felt so bad about this, as I was bringing guests from out of state, who found they "endured" the evening rather than enjoyed it.

DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food. Lively scene. A little loud.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Yummy food and nice atmosphere.. a bit pricy

EM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best east bay restaurant, consistently for years. Every dish was stellar and we had many.

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

This is probably my 10th time dining at Pizzaiolo, but I hadn't been in over a year. It has been a favorite. The service was abysmal (chaotic, neglectful) even though only about half of the tables full. We had to wait over 30 minutes after our appetizers were served for our entrees, which again didn't make sense since the restaurant was not full or busy. Food was mostly solid, but serving the entrees 5 minutes apart for each guest didn't make for a very cohesive dining experience. My table agreed (long time Pizzaiolo fans as well) that this was our last time at this restaurant.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The burrata appetizer: to die for. The tuna, almost as good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, never misses. Wholeheartedly recommend!

TQ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marissa was our bartender was fantastic as always!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is an Oakland original and it is always freaking magical.

m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always, Always worth going.
Sardines not quite as flavorful this time but still good.
Stereo a bit loud but we happened to be right below the speaker so that was probably it.

KK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic experience. One of my top 5 favorites of all.

KH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two of the seven of us have been to The restaurant. We all loved it!! Everything we ordered was delicious.

JP
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food - as always - was stellar. Every single dish was wonderful. And you must try the homebaked bread, and no matter what else you get, you gotta have one of the pizzas.

Our waitperson, though, was spectacularly inattentive. When she wasn't actively at our table when it was necessary, she was unseen, wouldn't look in our direction - twice we had to be 'rescued' by another server who saw us trying to get her attention & felt sorry for us. She also charged us for an item we ordered but never received.

Perhaps she was having a bad night. Go for the food & the ambiance. I'm not sure what's up with management and whether they've solved all their Charlie-related problems from the last few years, but I'm hoping so.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, had the summer squash,tomatoes,onions and nuts as an appetizer, delicious! Then a pizza w prosciutto and sausage equally delicious, We’ll be back.

GB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been in a while and I must say I'm going back again. The food was terrific, as was the service. We had the house tonic for cocktails (yum), the lamb meatballs (like, OMG) and the fried chicken and broccoli. It was all just so tasty. Service was great too and I've always liked the ambiance of the place. Really a wonderful meal. Two drinks each and food and tip was about $150.

EH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Food was decent. Wine pours small, service atrocious.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday. Food was so flavorful and portions are just right. Service was excellent and well-paced. Highly recommend it for casual and special dinners.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We LOVE Pizzaiolo and have been coming to this restaurant since it opened many years ago. A total good vibes place with great food!

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be one of my favorite restaurants ever. It is like being home with a great chef in the house

R
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

V
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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