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Pizzaiolo - Oakland

4.7
389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date (21)
  • Fit for Foodies (18)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation


Dinner: M-Th 5:30pm-10:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 652-4888
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charles Hallowell
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Cross street
51 St. Street
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Parking details
Parking is available on Telegraph Ave and the surrounding side streets. Please note that it is metered, but only until 6.00pm!
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Public transit
We are 10 blocks from the MacArthur BART station on Telegraph Ave. We are also on the same block as two major AC Transit bus lines, the 1 (and 1R) and the 12.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 389 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ErikA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Banging loved it more than most other fancy pizza places

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woodfirefoodbeer (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazing Pizza, this is going to be my go to Pizza / Bread location every visit to the area. I want a standing reservation. Strong cocktail list and handcrafted. Appreciated the General Manager working the floor and checking in with us as well.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The restaurant was empty - I’ve eaten here since it opened and have never seen it so empty. Apparently Charlie Hallowell is not taking any money from the restaurant right now so come eat here! It isn’t the same without the customers... and the employees are suffering.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant!

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vipFoodmonger (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

As usual, Pizzaiolo did not disappoint. Pizza was delish, pork ragu with pappardelle was excellent, as was the roasted broccoli. Polenta with mascarpone was a good vegetarian option. Service was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Real deal pizza. No, not like round table/dominos/Pizza Hut.... REAL pizza

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I love that they have a “kid friendly” menu. Only complaint is that it’s too dark - candlelight dining taken too far. Seemed like that was the only light available. But overall, stellar!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We always enjoy Pizzaiolo. It is one of our few go-to restaurants, consistently delicious.

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Margo (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Pizza dough in center was soggy. Would ask to have it cooked longer.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

We love introducing family and friends to Pizziaolo! The staff is amazing and works with us when we need to to make changes to our reservation, even at the last minute. The servers are wonderful and of course the food is fresh and fantastic. Everyone we have ever taken to Pizziaolo loves it!

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DB12 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Always a good place to gather with friends for a cozy meal with great service and creative seasonal food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredible new year's Eve menu, included crab and ribeye steak. I've always loved the food here, but tonight was off the charts!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Wish meatballs and fried chicken were on menu

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Pooch (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great. Staff is upbeat, friendly and competent. Our table was well-looked after - dishes were described when they arrived, empty dishes taken away promptly, water glasses always full. It was a wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

We were celebrating our son's graduation, so the hostess gave us a booth--which was awesome. The food was delicious, ambiance festive (but not too loud), and the wait staff were excellent. Thank you and Happy New Year! We'll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

I arrived about 40 minutes early with my date. Upon arriving, the staff immediately checked us in, and since my date and I were early, we ordered some wine at the bar and conversed. When our table was ready, we were kindly seated and given time to order.

LONG STORY SHORT: Food was great, staff was (in my opinion) even better! Staff was EXCEPTIONAL, very friendly, accommodating, and had personality! I would highly recommend! Great alcohol selection, food was fresh and tasty, and dessert was surprisingly great as well!

P.S. My Date and I stayed past closing, to which the staff didn't kick us out, they allowed us to relax a bit, finish our conversation, and then go. A+ to the staff again for cleaning to an Erykah Badu playlist over the speakers. Dope!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

I made an online reservation and received a phone reminder, during which I stated that we were coming straight from the airport and could be delayed. She immediately adjusted my reservation time and told me if we were delayed further just to call and let them know and they'd hold our table. Our server was delightful and gave us some great suggestions for her favorites and how to share them family style. One recommendation I would make is to include instructions on where to park, both online and on the phone, since it's not intuitive when arriving.

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Jane (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Live in San Diego and found this restaurant quite by accident on Yelp. The service was superb....we didn't like our table and they switched it immediately. The menu is so interesting and I honestly haven't had such creative delicious Italian food since I lived in New York. Everything we ordered was so perfectly seasoned and we both remarked that the chef has a superb, attention to detail palette. We even ordered a pizza to share and it too, was perfect.

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SYAB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

We were very disappointed at the just-ok food and higher prices. Pizzaiolo has been our go to local spot for years, but may reconsider. Skip the blah salads and salty entres and enjoy the terrific pizzas.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

We LOVE Pizzaiolo! I've never had a bad meal here- the food is creative, delicious and local. The ambiance is cozy and sweet, the staff is great. If it weren't so pricey I'd be there every week!

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vipup2date (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Still as good as ever. We had a delicious time. Aviv is an outstanding bartender and treated us like royalty. Cod fritters, fried chicken dinner and citrus salad all terrific.

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vipSusie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

We were late to our reservation due to traffic. They still accommodated us even though our original table was given away. Hostess was so nice!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Pizza was soggy. 😳

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byrown (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was yummy from a simple little gems salad with delicious dressing, to a wild mushroom-gremolata pizza to a NY rib-eye steak. And so was the wine - an Argentinian Malbec. The atmosphere is very lively and energetic, warm and friendly, not quiet. We had some bumps this time in service - drinks and later pizza were very slow, unusually so, and the management acknowledged that by not charging for a cocktail and a glass of wine. We appreciated the way they took care of us, though our server acted a little distant and uninterested throughout the meal. But we love this restaurant and will continue to come back for the atmosphere, food and usually good service.

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Martin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good pizza, some of the best in the Bay
Area. Potato, pancetta and fontina pizza is excellent.
The food is very good and the staff matches the quality of the kitchen.
Music is too loud and frankly not very good.
Pizzaiolo was a bucket list destination and it lived up to the hype.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

I'm not overly impressed with the food. We ordered pizza, which we were told was tomato, cheese and sausage. The predominant ingredient (besides the dough) was the red onions. If we were told by the wait staff that this was included we wouldn't have ordered as I'm unable to eat them (so embarrassing to have to pick at your food). Others ordered a salad, and for $12 they got lettuce leaves (various types), with a light dressing and heavily salted. I believe we were charged a bit more for a wine we did not order. We had a special birthday and they didn't bother offering anything to the birthday person. It was so dark that we couldn't read the menu's (without help) and the music was a tad bit loud to be able to carry on conversations across the table. Meatballs were tasty and the bread is absolutely incredible.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

I love wood fired pizza and was excited to try Pizzaiolo. Our server was excellent, very attentive. We ordered the Margarita di Bufala. We were told It was thin crust (which I love) and about 12 inches in diameter. When it came out I was already disappointed before even trying it. It looked like they poured a half cup of olive oil on top and there were just a few pieces of mozzarella. The crust was a soggy, oily mess. I ate the piece I took, but no more. It was that terrible. Sadly to say we won’t be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a great experience With all the Pizzaiolo crew.

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strawbrygrl13 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful service, food, ambiance. We were impressed with the starter salads and the pizza alike. Loved the lighting inside, it is warm and inviting, not pretentious at all. Service and staff top notch. A new favorite!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

Great atmosphere and food!
Can't think of a better place for pizza.
Wonderful appetizers and solid desserts.

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