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About Pizzaiolo Primo

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!

8 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm


Cross Street:
Market Square and Forbes Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 575-5858

Website:
http://www.pizzaioloprimo.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is offered at Kiosk in Market Square

Public Transit:
Gateway LTR

Executive Chef:
Richard Sphatt

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pizzaiolo Primo Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Groups (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Cozy (8)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
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Bar Seating (6)
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Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (4)
Scenic View (4)
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Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

We have dined here several times. The food is always very good and the service was excellent. Salad was very fresh. The wine is also good. I'm sure we will dine here again soon and would recommend Primo to anyone who would like a great Italian dinner.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

We ate here for light up nite in Pittsburgh and have been to the restaurant many times before. The salad and mussels special were awesome, the mussels were done perfectly and had some nice heat to them but not to much. The pizza was good but a little doughy which I typically don’t mind but a little to much this trip , it also was a pizza without sauce. Our waiter and wait staff were excellent and very professional , not overbearing in any way. I would and have recommended this restaurant to many people and will return for another good meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

I've eaten here 3 times and always order the eggplant and an margarita pizza to share. They have been delicious each and every time. I'd like to try other things on the menu, but the eggplant is so, so good and it's hard to find good eggplant so.....

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food and friendly knowledgeable staff! Pasta, pizza and great drinks- with a authentic Italian vibe, as well as warmth from the brick oven! Great date night place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always great food. Wine. Just a little tight on the seating and loud.

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were in Pittsburgh for a few nights. This place was amazing. Ended up going there twice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Pizzaiolo Primo delivers the most authentic Italian dining experience I have had in Pittsburgh. The Margherita Pizza and penne vodka were fantastic, and the service was nothing short of excellent. Overall, it was a delicious, pleasant experience and I will definitely be going back

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing pasta, great service and wonderful wine! Overall a great night with friends where we didn’t feel rushed and got to enjoy each other and our delicious food!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We moved out of Pittsburgh 3 years ago. This has always been my favorite restaurant and we make a point to eat hear every time we come home. However now that the restaurant has undergone change of management and sold out to have several other openings we won’t return. Way too loud and the food is not as good as it used to be. Sad really!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We went for lunch. They do not have a lunch menu. Large portions and high price especially for a plate of pasta. Food was really good so it was worth it. We would go back for dinner but not for lunch. Too many nicer places downtown with better lunch menus

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food and service was excellent and arrived in a tiny manner. I especially loved the rice balls and the very generous pour of Jamiesons. I'll be back@

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Hostess seemed very disinterested in helping at all, and waited at table 10 minutes before being acknowledged.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food, service and ambiance were excellent. Just a very pleasant experience. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Absolutely love the red sauce. The best in Pittsburgh. Service was very attentive. Food was delicious. Everyone was happy. Our first choice for Italian food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything is consistently good, been here a few times. Last time for lunch, service was a bit sleepy, low energy, going through the motions ( we had to ask if there were any specials , some drink rounds were a bit delayed. Not bad service, just not what we're used to, and not a positive reflection on what is otherwise a nice place to dine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Pizzaiolo is great for a date night. Better than average Italian food and better than average service in Market Square. The atmosphere is intimate and our server knew his stuff. That being that, the prices are a little steep and the food doesn't "wow."

We tried the rice ball appetizer first, which was pretty good. Very filling. I had the gnocchi, which was incredibly fresh but not very flavorful. My husband had the wild boar ragu which was actually delicious. We might come back again for the pizza, but nothing has me dying for a second visit to Pizzaiolo Primo.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food and the service were good. It was a business lunch and we were able to have professional conversations. Only thing that would have made it better would have been if it was a dinner and I could have had one of those cold Peroni beers. Thanks.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

By far, the best Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. This is what all other Italian restaurant aspire to be.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

The service was pleasant and very timely! Four of us selected four different pizzas and they were all fantastic! Deserts were great and the pricing isn't too expensive, especially for the specialty pizzas. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was AWESOME. Pasta with mushrooms to die for and husband who usually only orders seafood tried it and said he would order next time. Chicken Parm outstanding. Fresh mozzarella in caprese so smooth and great. Pasta bolognese outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This is one of my favorite downtown spots. I eat out for lunch or dinner 5-6 times a week and this place has never disappointed. The Bolognese is my favorite dish and this place kills it! My client followed my lead and ordered one to go for he and his wife.

Fantastic service and cool patio seating in Market Square. You can't go wrong with this spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent food and service from our server Michael. Cocktails were excellent as well. Got to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather.

Tags: Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I was very surprised with such a great meal. The food and service was outstanding!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always good thx

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Had a great meal. The burrata is the best in town. Pasta tasted super fresh and drinks were delicious. Michael, our waiter, was great with providing suggestions and provided great service. All in all, a great meal!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Food very delicious with nice portions. Service nice and informative. Desserts very nice and reasonable. Outside location great for people watching too.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always fresh, authentic Italian! Our favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh - we have to eat here every time we are in town!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great Italian food! Good place for a date night or friend date night. Awesome service, good cocktails & wine too!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was fabulous as always and the service was fine. Our table for 5 was never ready, so after assembling in the bar (where the service was great), we eventually sat in an awkward configuration at two adjoining tables. That would have been OK, really, except that the large party also seated upstairs in the bar was very noisy, at times disruptively so. We still like the place, though, and hope to be back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Every single thing was soooo goood! My mussels were superb; fresh and perfectly cooked. My branzino entree was incredibly lovely and tasty. My gelato was super yummy. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. Loved it! Would recommend over and over again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 28, 2017

It was a beautiful day and we sat outside. The service was slower than usual. The food was delicious. I do feel that the prices are high for an average Lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food & service. My only comment would be the bathroom. On the 1st floor there is only a single person bathroom across from the kitchen with a toilet and urinal, it was pitch dark to where I couldn't even see in the mirror. The button that I thought must be the light button was the fan button and then I realized there was no actual light fixture.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food was delicious. Excellent Caesar salad and the pizza was the best I've had. Also enjoyed the pasta with vodka sauce!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We really enjoyed a family dinner here. We had the rice ball and meatball appetizers and they were delicious. I had the parpadelle with sausage. The waiter very kindly warned me that it was very spicy. He had them tone down the peppers and I have to say it was just the right amount of spice. Everyone else loved their meals as well. Highly recommend lunch or dinner here!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was very good. Wine (red)on the other hand was a problem. 1st bottle was not drinkable but to their credit they agreed and took it back. The second bottle different from the first and recommended by the server was not much better but we kept it although it to should have been sent back. Both wines were very old...2007 and 2008. Perhaps too old and past their prime. We still enjoy the restaurant and will return but will be more careful with the wine selection and look for something younger.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Another great meal and evening with special friends! Thanks to the staff for good food, service
and authentic ambiance! We will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This was my favorite restaurant but was disappointed this time. Service was a little slow and the prices have gone up. It is a bit on higher end. So although I may still visit, but not as often as I would. Food pretty okay.
The ambiance is great but noise level is high

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Always a great time with good food, however on this particular evening they were 'out' of many items both on the menu AND the wine list.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My friends and I came here for a going away dinner and it was perfect! Private with a romantic vibe but enough people coming in and out that you can tell it's a hot little spot downtown. Food (quality and presentation) as well as service was amazing. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The service was outstanding and food equally as good.

Tags: Authentic
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