Piola - Raleigh

3.6
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36 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Piola in Raleigh is a pizzeria that offers guests a comfortable, homey atmosphere and a refreshing return to basics when it comes to pizza pie. The menu is filled with fresh ingredients that are allowed to shine in the classic Italian tradition, with updated flavor combinations to appeal to modern diners. At Piola, guests can also enjoy salad, pasta and meat dishes.

Try a thin-crust pizza with spicy salami or sauteed mixed mushrooms, a white pizza, a pizza Napolitano and more at Piola. After your whole crew has had their fill, don't forget to take a peek at the dessert menu, which includes our homemade tiramisu or profiteroles.

Specials

$4 NC Drafts

Every Monday at Piola, drink from our wide selection of NC draft beers for $4 per glass.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 21, 2019

Ends: February 22, 2118

Availability: Mon 12:00PM-10:00PM

1/2 Price Wine Bottles + $5 House Glasses

Every Wednesday and Sunday at Piola, we offer 1/2 price wine bottles and $5 glasses of House wines.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 21, 2019

Ends: February 22, 2118

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-10:00PM
Wed 12:00PM-10:00PM

What 36 People Are Saying
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good time night family friends come

P
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food is average, slightly over priced for what it is. The neighborhood it’s in is great and provides for additional entertainment options before or after dinner.

Service is terrible. I’ve eaten here a few times now and it’s always slow, servers never really seem like they know what’s going on or remember they have a table.

J
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I did a quick dinner before the Friday Night Tribute band series. We both ordered a personal pizza and shared. They were both outstanding. Our waitress was attentive and brought refills without being asked. Service was timely and we made it to the show on time!!

LW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

our pizza was ice cold when served. We also waited forever for it:). Server tried and was nice but they do not have enough staff. It was busy when we were seated but it cleared out quickly and we got to look at a sea of dirty tables for the next 30 minutes. With so many good options out there why spend money here and be disappointed.

AP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Piola was okay. We did not have a bad experience - there just wasn't anything I was super impressed with. The pizza wasn't better than anything I have tried before and with each personal pizza over $15 each - the price didn't seem worth the food. My pizza had only mushrooms and prosciutto. You would expect it to be completely covering the pizza, but it had one slice of prosciutto and maybe 2-3 mushrooms. The restaurant was completely dead at 7:30PM on a Saturday night which made us nervous. The waitress was extremely nice and great at her job - I just was disappointed in the atmosphere and lackluster pizza.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Service was horrible. It took 10 minutes after seated to get waited on. They messed up my dates dish and took it to remake only to bring the wrong thing again.

SG
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The pizza was just OK. We ordered 3 kinds.
Eggplant, 3 cheese and sausage. The crust was good, but the toppings were nothing special.

NN
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was fantastic, however, would prefer the staff to have some type of uniform or more appropriate clothing and not short shorts.

ML
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Mother's day dinner at Piola. None of us had been there before. Would definitely go back again.
Food and service excellent.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Don’t go here if you’re expecting a nice upscale Italian pizzeria

i
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there great food good size portions and good value

Piola - Raleigh
Responded on May 13, 2019

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JC
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food came out fast and service was great. The server helped us get in and out of the restaurant and made our movie with lots of time to spare. Great food and service!

Piola - Raleigh
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thanks for the review!

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was great! We will definitely be back!

RG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was sub par. Stopped by this past Sunday while in town on business. No ambiance whatsoever...more like a cafeteria setting with waitstaff watching the sports on the TV monitors with the noisy obnoxious drunks at the bar, rather than helping the dinner patrons...if I wanted to feel like I was at Buffalo Wild Wings on game day, I would have gone there.

v
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family of diverse eaters(vegetarian, diabetic, and teenager) can be challenging but Piola exceeded expectations. Vegetarian loved the soup and salad options and teenager devoured the delicious pizza. Prices are reasonable and atmosphere was family friendly.

j
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent place to meet with friends and have a nice time together. The location is excelent. Definitely I recomend the place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food.

SK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

No wait, good food, good service. Go eat here. Good for family or date night.

ML
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Upgraded pizza place. Lots of menu choices that all sounded good. We were happy with what we picked , although when it says "chicken roll" and it comes sliced, it doesn't have quite the same appeal.

BG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Italian food!! The gnocchi legnano is my absolute favourite! Very friendly and accommodating staff.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I have been at Piola on other occasions , but this time despite having made reservations a week in advance for a group of (6) we had to wait a long time to be seated. It was a Friday at noon and not a full restaurant and still service was slow as ever.
We had mentioned in the reservation notes that we would be celebrating a birthday and that we had chosen Piola because the birthday girl loves it ! Well, we did not even get a question weather we wanted a dessert for the birthday or at all for that matter. We had to request refills several times ( drinks and water) because glasses went empty for a while ... also by t he time our food was actually on our table we were THE ONLY party left in the entire restaurant , so I just can't figure out why no one really cared about serving us. Everyone in our party left really disappointed .

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special - just a neighborhood pizza parlor
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E
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time try Piola. Cozy place but nice contemporary decor.
Service was great I love that half price for glass or bottle wine.
Pizza was amazing.

T
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a salad with chicken which was very good! My daughter is a picky eater and thought her pepperoni pizza was delicious! Great selection of desserts! Great beer and wine selection!

AD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I recently went to Piola for a girls night out with 8 of my friends. We had a wonderful time. I love that the menu offers a little something for everyone. There are also gluten free options. I also eat here with my family family often as well. Their sauce is amazing. I love the pasta dishes I've tried. Next up is the pizza.

AN
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful first experience with our 4 year old at Piola. We sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather and received our food within about 15 minutes of ordering----it was FAST.

Our young gentleman server was personable, prompt, and won the heart of our daughter with a long bendy straw that he turned into a heart for her.

Thanks Piola Raleigh!

CM
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Find another place this was a horrible meal and our server was mor interested in talking to her friends than waiting on our table. The food was fine, standard chain restaurant fare which would have been okay, maybe 3 stars if the waitress had ever returned to check on us. We had to chase her down for water, wine, we skipped dessert which sh never offered and had to get the hostess to bring our check. The restaurant was empty on a Saturday night which should have been our first clue.

R
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed lunch here the other day. The food was excellent, and the service was impeccable. One of the party asked for a substitution, but that wasn't a problem at all - the server was very nice, and accommodating. It was a late lunch, so it was quiet, but it is definitely a place to keep in mind for next time. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I come here every so often with my neighbor for lunch, but this was my first time for dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the pizza and overall atmosphere. It was a little crowded, but all was well! Thanks Piola!

s
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been 4 times to Piola and haven't been disappointed. Piola stands out as a great family spot in that the food is great and the kids are fully satisfied with going. Between the coloring page, watching the pizza chefs, and the colorful decor - they have no complaints while waiting for the food.
The pizza toppings are fresh and tasty, never overloaded - just the right amount. The gnocchi is fantastic - all you can eat the 29th of each month. Prices are reasonable. Waitstaff are friendly and seem happy to be there.

TN
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We try to go for gnocchi night from time to time. The food is usually good and pretty decent value; service was a bit slow and while they usually have a lot of flavor options there seemed to be a lot of the same repeated on our most recent visit. However, I made a special pesto request and they happily provided it which enhanced things.

S
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2014
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Went to Piola on Saturday night. The server informed us that they were short on chefs and to be prepared for a long wait. After 30 minutes and still no drinks or salads, we decided to pay for our drinks and leave. The manager did not even speak to us.

T
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2014
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We went on a Sun eve & were 1 of only 3 tables. Yet it took the waitress ~10min to come to our table while we watched her & 3 severs talk & look our way the entire time. When the waitress finally showed up we asked if there was a pblm; she said they were "trying to figure who's table it should be." Seriously?
By this time we were ready to order. When we noticed that she wasn't writing anything down we questioned that & she told us she was "just that good". Well "miss just that good" forgot to enter our appetizer salads. Our pizza came, but no salad. When we pointed that out to her, she admitted she forgot & said she could put it in a to-go-box.
With plenty of other good options around, and a just OK Pizza we won't be back anytime soon!

d
Raleigh
64 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice surprise! We were expecting an ordinary "pizza parlor" and were greeted by a VERY personable hostess who seated us, then served by one of the best "waitresses" EVER! She was very knowledgeable about all of the menu items, including gluten free options and pizza toppings and salads and pastas. She was attentive, time appropriate and invaluable in her work ethic. We will definitely return again and again and again.....

C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I've been here twice and sampled 2 different pizzas. They were alright, but for a place that specailizes in pizza I expected more. My lady's salad was very tasty. Also, both me and her thought the chairs were horrible - a bar across the back digs into your spine/ribs, seemingly regardless of your height (I'm 6' and she's 5'). Go for a booth. Manager said he was replacing them (after 1st visit - almost 2 months ago) so hope that happens. Maybe the patio chairs are better?

FG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our night out to Piola. The waiters are very nice. The service is good. We like the menu. There's a good variety of salads, pastas and delicious pizzas. The pizzas aren't too small like some places.