Pizzaiolo Primo

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$31 to $50
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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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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent atmosphere, food & service and a nice outdoor setting

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for dinner for a performance at the Benedum. Food was very good. My son had Chicken Parm with spaghetti and it was delicious , daughter had ravioli and she ate them all ! Mom ordered rigatoni and meatballs, portion was big she received 6 or 7 meatballs ! I had the pizza which was just ok as it had a bit of a burnt taste to it. We would definitely go back though.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

K
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Waitress very nice. She forgot our appetizer but did make it right. Both of us ordered linguine florentina. Shrimp in it great! Noodles were regular spaghetti noodles with absolutely no flavor. Disappointed in our dinner.

JL
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We've dined here many times and the food is always wonderful. Service is usually good, but tonight it was not. We asked to be seated at a table downstairs but were told the only four-top available was going to be used to seat five people (there were four in our party). We were seated upstairs where there were many tables available, some of which could easily have seated 5 or more people. Some of which already had 5-6 people seated at them. That was problem one. Problem two was that after being seated for over an hour we asked where our dinner was and our server said she would check on it. We were them told they hadn't begun preparing it yet. We told our server we had a show to go to, wouldn't have time to eat, and to just bring our check (we had order some appetizers and wine). She came back with our food. Which we didn't have time to eat. She also presented us with the check in which we were charged for the food we didn't have time to eat. The manager offered to keep our food for us and we could pick it up after the show. Well, the restaurant closes at 11p and our show didn't end until after 11p. While our server was very nice, she also laid the blame on us for not telling her we had a show to go to. Sorry, but I didn't think it was going to take almost two hours for a pasta meal.

l
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Had the steak salad with Caesar. You are getting inconsistent with amount of salad you are serving with either the steak or Salmon. Not even sure if my salad was the small Caesar serve with the steak. The food is delicious and your salads are the best in the city.

m
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was like being in Italy. The food was fantastic and the music playing in the square so perfect.
What a lovely place!

k
Indiana
57 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite, go-to restaurant in Pittsburgh - so, so good! The service is always good and the food is always fresh and authentic. They make great pizzas and offer a wide variety of appetizers and amazing pasta dishes (caprese ravioli is delicious). Pollo Scarpiello is always good too. We have never had something we didn’t like - lots of good options to try! Highly, highly recommend!

LM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious vatiety of food and drink. Drove from Ohio. Exceeded out expectation

AS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

What I love about this place is the homemade pasta. It is top notch. The prices are a little much especially for lunch and our service was just ok.

LG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. I highly recommend.(I don’t eat out a lot because I’m a foodie and like my own cooking!) The atmosphere is very urban, you know you’re in the heart of the city. The menu offers many choices without overwhelming. The wine list is extensive and there are many “by the glass” selections. I will go back often!

CP
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

all in all a very good repeat experience. The waitress never brought any bread to the table. We were unaware until we noticed other tables as we exited...

K
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Went on a Sunday night and it wasn't very crowded. Food didn't seem as good as it normally is and the service was incredibly slow.

F
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The overall experience was so/so. We were disappointed the over look view was very limited by trees and the service was very poor considering we were the only table on the second floor.

MB
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hello
It’s my go place at Pizzaiolo! Service was great! I got chicken limone and it was delish! The pizza my husband got sausage...it was tasty but a little disappointed , it needed to be crispier..maybe it was the sausage but pizza needs not to be soggy! More cheese needs too also be put on as when u bite or cut it falls apart?! But I will be back to try again! 👍

JP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server named Jeremy. Great place. Top 3 in Pittsburgh!

b
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service .....go there often and they never disappoint

RC
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best Italian food in the city of Pittsburgh and beyond! Each and every time we go there it is this way, and they treat us like we are someone special! And for this, you get all 10 ratings!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

responsive to my daughter’s allergies

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The food and service were both excellent. Our server was awesome - personable and knowledgeable. We sat outside, it was a great experience.

C
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was excellent. Portion sizes are large. Meatball appetizer was very good.

PF
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
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
78 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DR
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
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 on August 10, 2019
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
12 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
78 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
7 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.

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