Pizzaiolo Primo

4.6
895 reviews
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Italian
Welcome to Pizzaiolo Primo, home of truly authentic Neapolitan Cuisine. Pizzaiolo Primo roots trace back to Pittsburgh circa 1996, with an original credo: create Neapolitan pizza using old-world techniques and using the highest-quality ingredients available. Today, we hand-make nearly everything on the menu - from sweet fennel sausage, meatballs and pasta, to mozzarella and antipasto vegetables. If we don't hand-make it, it's imported from the best artisans, cheese makers and salumeria in the world. Our Mozzarella di bufala comes direct from Naples and we cook only the best dried pasta in the world, always to order, always al dente. We bake our pizzas at 1000 degrees in a handcrafted, wood-fired brick oven for less than 90 seconds using perfectly leavened dough, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. The result is an authentic Neapolitan culinary experience with integrity. Buon Appetito!
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PF
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! The waitress was sweet as could be, and explained the food well and she in the kitchen made a few minor alterations for me to suit my diet. The atmosphere both inside, and on the patio outside where we ate we’re both wonderful. The manager came around and asked how everything was and chatted. What an exceptionally nice place, I will definitely be back!

HD
Pittsburgh
73 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as usual! Great place downtown for lunch.

DR
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, lots of energy, a bit loud but probably because there were stalls and lots of action in Market Square.

TN
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place! The chef even made a dish that wasn’t on the menu. But 2 of us ordered this dish and he switched up the leftovers. I didn’t even eat half of my meal. I only ate 2 pieces of shrimp and a couple small forks of noodles. So, the next day when I went to eat my leftovers there was only one piece of shrimp and I knew it wasn’t mine. So, I called the other person who got the same dish to see if we could switch but she had eaten it already. So, basically almost the entire meal was wasted. I tossed it in the trash. Then I told my husband that we have to go back so I can enjoy the meal. It’s the best shrimp!

l
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Pittsburgh for a workshop and we walked down to Market Square for dinner at Pizzaiolo Primo. Our server was friendly and helpful and the food was outstanding, very fresh and delicious! The fried Brussels sprouts were awesome, too!

AD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always come here when we are in the city. Absolutely delicious food, and plentiful vegetarian options. Keep being awesome!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Queen concert dinner. Food and wine was amazing.

RL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Excellent service. The wait staff was engaging and helpful. Outdoor seating which allowed for some nice people watching. Highly recommended.

OT
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We usually love the food here but this time it was just ok. Staff seemed a bit more interested in chatting with each other than waiting on tables, but our server was pretty good c

LG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so good! Also, I love the bottled pop for the coke and sprite. It was perfect for our anniversary dinner.

HD
Pittsburgh
74 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good for lunch - especially outside during nice weather.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

s
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorite places to go. Fresh delicious food. Wonderful wine and great atmosphere!

R
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was expecting a little better food from a place in Pittsburgh. Everything was just ok.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was deeeelicious! I highly recommend this restaurant!

b
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Everything is always fresh and they have a diverse selection

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Don’t bother making a reservation here. They will not honor it, and instead give it away to random people.

We made a lunch reservation for the inside dining room on a hot summer day because it was hot and we wanted to sit in the air conditioning. We showed up on time for our lunch reservation and were informed our party was seated 10 minutes prior. When we told them that was not possible because we were the party and showed our reservation confirmation. The front house staff offered a half hearted apology but will not care about making it right. Instead, we were told we could wait 20-30 minutes for an inside table or be seated outside. Due to time constraints we had to sit outside in the heat- exactly where we did not want to sit. There was no effort made to comp all or part of our meal due to their mistake and despite assurances that a manager would follow up with us, no one ever did- and we tried to call and email about our experience.

In short: abysmal customer service. Reservations do not matter to them.

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

Excellent food and fab waitress

BF
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Waiter made great recommendations. Both pasta dishes were excellent. May be the best Pittsburgh has to offer.

KK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

MG
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just okay and service was marginal. We had heard great things but really weren’t impressed. The gnocchi was probably the best thing we had.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delish! Fun trendy place to dine in Market Square!

QI
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our new favorite restaurant: Pizzaiolo Primo! We wished we had more room to try more of the great dishes. We loved the sauce (and we are Italians!) as well as the meatballs, fried artichoke hearts, and much more! The ceasar salad was "meh" but everything else was divine!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accommodated our request for outdoor dining. Food was very good, but a little pricey for lunch

KH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender upstairs served us and was awesome. He recommended great drinks and food. Pasta was delicious.

PG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

It's a real shame this lovely place is located where it is, because that's the biggest barrier to us returning. We generally avoid establishments in the city, especially those downtown, and this exception was a reminder of why. We took an Uber with relatives who really wanted to try it before they moved away and immediately upon stepping out on this hot and humid late June day we were having regrets, the stench of nearby garbage cans in Market Square is really quite unbearable. Once inside the restaurant the odor abated for the most part, but not completely and it serves as quite a distraction from an otherwise lovely place and experience. The service was excellent, the food was very good although they were out of the one item in particular we came to try (Margherita DOC) but the other options were very good, especially the Prosciutto E Arugula pizza. The appetizers were all good with the Antipasto Misto standing out, though for a table of four all sharing a few more olives wouldn't have hurt. A good selection of Italian wines at reasonable prices were also available, the Zenato VALPOLICELLA, Veneto DOC was a real gem that didn't break the bank and induce guilt by consuming several bottles with pizzas. Overall a very good meal in a very nice place that unfortunately ended much the way it began. Exiting the building that smell again, the trash strewn around market square and yipee in the <10 minutes we waited for our Uber we were accosted by two very aggressive and threatening panhandlers and a third was making bee-line for us just as our car arrived. Not sure how people can enjoy a meal in these conditions while dining outside, but to each his own I suppose. If this business were located 5-10 miles north and in more hospitable surroundings, we'd definitely recommend and return. As it is though it's hard to do so when a meal requires enduring so many consequences of urban decay and the failed policies of Mayor Bill Peduto and city government.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely amazing. Best Italian food in Pittsburgh in my opinion. Great place for a special occasion dinner. Great wine selection as well.

AL
Pittsburgh
166 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent pizza and service

LG
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We were able to sit on the patio which was really nice, given all the rain we’ve had lately. The Caesar salad and prosciutto and arugula pizza were fantastic!! Will definitely be back!

SM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Best authentic Southern Italian food in Pittsburgh.

g
Pittsburgh
35 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had the gnocci Sorentino which was very good. Started with the stuffed hot pepers which was also excellent. Drinks were a bit pricey. Had a Bullet Manhattan which was $14.50 and just average size. Some of the other tables were having pizza which looked appetizing.
Will return. Good for dinner before or after events in cultural district. Within walking distance to O'Reilly, Heinz Hall, etc..

P
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. Always recommend to anyone from out of town. As expected the meal was amazing!

R
Cincinnati
86 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting and staying st the Hilton Garden Inn so it was a very easy walk. We are doing WW so our food choices were limited but tasty! All of the food that passed by looked wonderful ! Our servers both Sunday and Monday were great! We had drinks at two other places on the square during our visit and felt a little guilty going to the same place twice but we truly enjoyed it!

MM
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and our waiter was great. He made our lunch a pleasant experience.

AH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post High School graduation dinner with family! Jason was a fabulous waiter ( and bar tender)

DA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Were out of some items, but the food and the atmosphere were just what we needed. Will return.

p
Pittsburgh
77 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal enjoyed at Pizzaiolo Primo. Good service along with delicious food. It's our go-to spot when in town. It is reliably good!!

DS
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

WR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal or service at this restaurant.

MI
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We'd made a reservation ahead and were seated immediately when we arrived. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable and service was fast but not rushed. We had drinks, appetizers, and entrees and all were very tasty! This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend and we would definitely recommend it to someone else as well. Good dining experience!

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