Pizzaiolo - Oakland

4.5
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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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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, wood fired, contemporary pizza, but the fried chicken and meatballs were both wonderful. The cocktails were excellent and creative. Very relaxed vibe.

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NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So it was fine. Seasonings were on point and flavors were great. I want to mention that the $30 seafood stew had 2 unopened clams that were hidden underneath the toasted bread. I would have like mussels with it. If the shellfish dont open, please remove them before bringing to guest and dont hide them.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, flavorable fare, great drinks and service. All in all Pizziolo made us feel young and well fed.

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious! Love this place. I love the salad in particular.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

To darn expensive. Small portions and expensive wine. $15 for a glass. Outrageous

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GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Whoever was in charge that day, must have come of age in the UK, where the only spice they use on food is salt. Everything we requested seemed to come extra salty, even the pepper. I am not saying that the food was bad, it was quite good, but as you can guess salty. So if you need to watch your sodium intake, you might need to give this place a pass.

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CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very straight forward, super seasonal and delicious. Host was able to seat us early (we were an hour early for the reservation). Service otherwise was ok- a course got forgotten but otherwise was fine.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience. It was Mother’s Day so took awhile to get initial drinks & oysters but all & all consistently good.

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SM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous pizza! Our server kept the Acme bread and olives coming during our extended wait on the food (on the house). Come early, our bill for 2 was $57 (no alcohol purchased).

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always an interesting menu with fresh food, especially love the creative salads!

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M
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very nice Dining experience at Pizzaiolo on Tues eve.
Maggie was very welcoming and made it great as did our server Jacqueline. The pizza was great as always and the
Two antipasto’s we had were especially tasty.

The place is not as busy as it once was since the virtuecrats are too sanctimonious to go, but judging from this experience they are doing an excellent job and we will continue to enjoy dining there. In fact, since it is less crowded, it is less noisy and my wife and I were able to have a conversation.

Si tira avanti!

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CG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scrumptious pizzas just like in Naples, and more delectable dishes, make Pizzaiolo a local foodies’ hangout.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly and prompt. Food was excellent. This will be one of my "go to" restaurants for sure.

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KL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoy sitting at a bar and generally like chatting with the staff. Now, this place is super busy but we felt bar staff could have been friendlier. Perhaps we’re not youthful enough for attention? Not our first time and won’t be our last because the food is great and the area has a fun vibe; but, hopefully next time the bar staff will be in a better mood.

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CH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

FUN PLACE AND NICE MENU AND ENVIRONMENT, VERY PRICEY AND SMALL PORTIONS

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent food but grossly overpriced. Over $40/person for pizza and two drinks. For dough and cheese? GTFOH.

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OT
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we were blown away by how wonderful every dish was! We had the margherita pizza and the pork Ragu with homemade rigatoni. We also had a salad with beets and fried artichoke hearts. Everything we had was fabulous and we would definitely go back and recommend to our friends and family! The overall service was very good with the exception of our particular waitress. I didn’t want to downgrade the entire rating due to her because we could tell everyone else was very service oriented. Our waitress never once thanked us, smiled or even acknowledged when we thanked her (her response was just to walk away). If the management of the restaurant would like to reach out to me privately I am happy to share her name - just don’t want to call her out on social media.

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We go to Pizzaiolo every year for our anniversary - this is year six. Not to mention a few other random times throughout the year.

This was our worst visit. Both our server and the food runner were uninterested in us. The server came to our table twice the entire visit, with the exception of taking care of the bill. There was no check in to see how things were, see if we needed anything, etc. I felt like the busboy helped us with water refills and getting rid of empty plates more than anyone else.

We specifically ordered so food would come out in stages (salad first, rigatoni second, pizza and sides last). Instead, everything came all at once. We were at a two-top, so we had nowhere to put everything. Very annoying.

We go here because we expect better service. Didn't get it this time. I'm sure we'll be back next year...but maybe less random trips throughout the year.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazingly delicious!!

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M
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Too dark and had run out of a lot of the dishes we were looking forward to trying.

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AC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food in cool atmosphere. A touch loud and a bit pricey but we over-ordered and ate all of it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service but it’s a bit dark in the back.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good ambiance, food and drinks. Will definitely go back

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BA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant in the Bay Area. Super fresh food, daily menu, and that perfected wood-fires pizza. It’s honestly a must-dine at place for anyone who is within a 3 hour radius. You won’t be disappointed.

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s
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing at Pizzaiolo that I don't like. The food is absolute perfect. The simple Margherita pizza is the best on the planet. Yum!!!

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S
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There is nothing really wrong with Pizzaiolo, there just isn't anything really special and it is very expensive, considering. One Pizza and two glasses of wine cost $95. That's just too steep. You order a base pizza and toppings, so the Margarita with sausage, olives and arugula and two white wines are what the bill covered.

Nothing wrong with the pizza except the amount of arugula would have made up three salads--way too much, so we moved 2/3 of it to the side.

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NO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and nice people but very expensive. Pizza not high end enough for that special dinner when you pay several hundred for 3.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I sat in the front table for two. It felt a bit tight for space, can hear conversation next to us. But very minor compare to the quality of the food (and our neighbors were nice). Best pasta I've had, cooked and seasoned to perfection! I wish the price was a bit lower - would go more often. Thanks

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's birthday. I invited a few close friends and we had a great time. We ordered several dishes and shared them all. We were all thrilled with the quality and flavor of each dish. We have dined there many times but this time was the best.

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b
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great but unfortunately service was not. The table next to us received their food first even though the sat down 15 minutes after us. The two other tables around us had their first course plates cleared for new ones and we never did. When asking about what beer was on draft or the kind of tequilia in their margarita, the server did not know and said they would find out. When they came back they forgot already. Look these are all first world problems and I hate typing it but service really was disappointing and if I am paying over a hundred dollars for dinner I expect or would like the same service as the tables around me.

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This place used to be really good. Visited on Feb. 24. Salad was good but $10 for a cup and a half of mixed greens is silly. The pizza was slightly soggy. The dessert was a strange combination of sliced kiwis on top of a not very tender or tasty pastry shell filled with a bland Bavarian cream. This was accompanied by huckleberry ice cream and broken bits of something unidentifiable that was sweet and salty. Not impressed.

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LJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Having owned and operated a successful Italian Italian restaurant for 25 years, I was very disappointed with the pizza. We prided ourselves on our dough, which we used for our bread and our pizza. A three day process created a very light product. My partner and I shared a margherita pizza with some home made sausage. I can honestly say that after having enjoyed pizza in Boston and New York for the last 50 years, both good and not so great. The pie we had lacked taste, good or bad. I could not discern a significant difference between the cheese and the sausage, their flavors being so subtle. It sounds crazy but the pie had no taste! The eschebeche (sp?) was delightful. Sweet and bright with fresh seafood.
Having been in the business, I am very impatient with poor service. My server was not very attentive and when we ordered our pizza and asked that sausage and garlic be added, the waiter said he would ask the kitchen if garlic could be added, Garlic? He returned to say that it could not and that a garlic oil could be added?? We declined but asked another floor staff facetiously, how it is that an Italian restaurant does not use garlic on pizza? She was appropriately confused and said we use a lot of it. I reiterated our pizza request and she said no problem. Our waiter returned later and asked if we were finished and wanted dessert. No mention of garlic. Not good. Neither is the wine pour. I understand that the bar needs to support the kitchen but the pour looked to be 4 to 4.5 oz. That is short. I poured 6.5 oz. My restaurant was in the bay area and I understand the costs involved and how hard it is to make it. I applaud your success but I believe you make more money at the expense (no pun intended) of making more real friends and loyal customers.
I am truly sorry to be so negative. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food at a great value. A little difficult for people on the Keto diet since the menu is mostly pastas and pizzas. However, the one or two protein/vegetable plates they offer are worth it. I do wish
that they would update their online menus so we could know what was available to us before we drove
down there. I checked the menus for several days and they were always 2 or 3 days behind.

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a
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great pizza. Oysters not so good. Limited entrees. Poor wine list and expensive. Good beer on tap. Service was extremely poor. But overall, I liked the place. A real contribution to the neighborhood.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing drinks and food! Service is great. However, it tends to be noisy.

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AH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was great. We were treated to a wonderful table in the back. The citrus salad was perfect. The housemade bread delicious. I wish that the server hadn't scooped up my cocktail before I was finished with it, but it's super dark back there so maybe he just didn't see and I didn't say anything. The food was delicious and I get that it's expensive to operate anything in the Bay Area. I didn't feel as if I got a full value for what was charged... and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because we ordered two sides in addition to our meals. One of them was the cauliflower and it should have had 50% more on that plate for what we paid... and maybe that's because we really loved eating it and wanted more. It was a nice special occasion place and I had a good time, but not sure that it would become a new favorite for me. That said, I really want it to work, so I might try it again with a mind towards cost and get the pizza and two salads, which looked substantial. Definitely worth trying.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my daughter's 25th birthday and brought with me 4 adults and two children 12 and under.

We started off with drinks. I had the McCarthy, which was perfect. Not too sweet, not too "alcoholy". Perfect.

We had two appetizers. The first was a mushroom app that I wish I could remember the name of because in my opinion this was the best piece we had of the evening and all of the food was delicious. We also had the yellowfin tuna crudo. Woah. Flavor for days.

Two things I want to note is how they personalized the dinner. I mentioned in my reservation that this was for my daughter's 25th birthday. They printed the menu with a personalized "Happy Birthday" message to her at the top which I thought was so thoughtful. It was a fantastic surprise that I absolutely was not expecting.

Second, is my youngest was served a Shirley temple, and I just have to say, whomever makes this into an actual adult beverage is going to be famous. They used sour cherry grenadine instead of the typical sickeningly sweet cherry. Wowzers. It was so flavorful and colorful.

Absolutely loved this place, and their unique spin on already delicious meals.

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CT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We ordered the tagliatelle pasta, which we both loved, as in ordered more bread to soak up the sauce, once the dish was finished. We also ordered the rapini, green garlic and house made sausage pizza. The crust was markedly burnt, and the greens ate really bitter, we didn’t enjoy the pizza. For dessert We shared the bloody burnt cornmeal cake w/ huckleberry sauce and fried rosemary. It has a crusty outer and a decadent center, especially with the huckleberry sauce it was fantastic. The cocktails were great too. I had the McCarthy, and would return for another round and a bowl of pasta all to myself. The bathrooms are kept nice and clean.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun, relaxed atmosphere...staff was great...group of 7 is a squeeze but we knew that going in...oh yeah, food was great.

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