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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

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (20)
Authentic (18)
Good for a Date (18)
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Casual (18)
Special Occasion (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Cozy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Scenic View (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter was fantastic. Knew the menu well and very attentive. The Caesar salad was good but way too big, we also had the mussels in the white wine sauce. They were just okay. We ordered 2 pastas and a pizza to share. The pizza was amazing, very delicious. We had the penne vodka - it was just okay. We didn’t like that there was no pancetta in the dish, there was just a pile of prosciutto on top and it didn’t really go with the dish. The noodles were also meant to be al dente but they were quite underdone. We also had the mushroom pasta expecting more of a cream sauce, also just okay and again, the noodles were underdone. Overall the experience was good because of the service, good wine, and pizza. I’d go back for pizza, not pasta.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is always good. Mark our server was outstanding! attentive but not pushy. The steak pizzaola was the special unfortunately it was Ash Wednesday. So I made reservations for Saturday to have it then!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our waiter was great! Made some good recommendations, particularly from the wine list. The meal was even more filling than I expected, and we ended up leaving with leftovers. This is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a very nice time. Staff was super friendly. Food was excellent.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Yummy and delicious as always!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Best vodka sauce ever! Such great food, definitely worth the money.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great Italian food. Great service at lunchtime. Ambience needs to be a bit softer.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience3
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value3

vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

AMAZING!!!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food and can always accommodate menu changes. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Outstanding service!! Staff recommendations of food were amazing!! I suggest you ask for a seat by or near the windows !! Our seat was in a booth that faced the door going to the basement and looking straight into the side of the bar! 😢

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Matt was our waiter and he was very attentive, and was focused on helping us make it to our show after dinner. He was polite, friendly to the young girls in our party, and accommodating to all of our needs. The food was good, the only minor disappointment was that the pizza seemed kind of "soupy" which we were surprised at with the brick oven. This was a family dinner, but the couple involved intends to go back for a date night.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, People Watching
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service were fantastic! Server offered opinions of dishes that were spot on! Drink specials were very good.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

THe freshly made pizza was wonderful, and the service was friendly and efficient. The pollo limone however was overcooked and dry.

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food3
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A Pittsburgh favorite! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Delicious salads, pizza, and pasta!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 7, 2018

love the burrata, wine selection is reasonable and pasta and pizza are very tasty

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went here for new year's eve and, although not crowded, the service was terrible. This place is too expensive to have such bad service (appetizer and first course served at the same time, entrée was wrong, etc.) The food was not great. We have eaten there before and been satisfied, but after our recent visit my family agreed that we will not return.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Pizzaiolo Primo is ALWAYS amazing - the food here is so authentic, fresh, and delicious! Originally from the Pittsburgh area, now living in Indy, this is our absolute favorite Pittsburgh restaurant - we wish we could move it to Indy! We have never ordered anything that we were not happy with - everything is great. A must try when you are in Pittsburgh!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints and this time was no exception. Had a marguerita pizza as an appetizers and it was delicious.
I had fresco pasta with boar and it was as good and authentic as it is in Italy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent Italian food and wines. Don’t miss their mussels. Chic place - over 100 for two with wine. Don’t miss it

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Worked very hard to accommodate my special requests and service was excellent!

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food5
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Loved, loved, loved food and service!!! Unfortunately we had a 7:30 reservation but were not seated until 750-755 otherwise wonderful!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Awesome experience. Went after a show. The service was great. The food and value were outstanding. Definitely would recommend

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This is one of my favorite downtown spots. The bolognese sauce is fantastic. It’s my go to every time I go their. The flat breads are awesome. Just a place worth going and you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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food4
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service4
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful waitress pretty atmosphere amazing food. Thank you!

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food5
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love this place!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Perfect Christmas time get together!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our favorite downtown restaurant! Great food, service, and our downtown happy place!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Authentic Italian food tasted and looked wonderful! Much better than the typical food market Square!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I was in town for business and wanted a great Italian casual meal. I looked all through OpenTable and the places were too stuffy and PP's menu looked inviting without being over the top.

I was pleasantly surprised -- the location is in Market Square the best place for Pittsburgh for Christmas. The menu was great - the service was great - we had the fresh Buffalo Mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes - and yes I asked where they get heirloom tomatoes in winter. It was by far the creamiest and best I have ever had - the outside was firm while the inside was delightfully soft and flowing.

We also had the bolognese and I had the salisicca. The pasta was all freshly made and both were delicious. I would recommend PP to all my friends. I will return for sure when I am in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food has always been good. Had one last of the worst services we’ve ever had here though unfortunately. Incredibly rude and never came back to check on us. Our meal took over an hour to come out. Total check was $150 for 3 people with a bottle of wine.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great place for friends to meet, reasonable great food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Some of the best pizza in Pittsburgh - if you are a fan of real Naples-style pies. Some overlook the non-pizza offerings... Dont. Everything the make here is delicious. It's a little loud -- families with kids come in on the weekends, but overall the space is good and you can sit up- or downstairs. I heard a competitor is opening up soon - thats too bad because this place deserves your business.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Enjoyed the food, service and the experience. I recommend it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great restaurant! It was our best meal of our trip! Our waitress was great! Explained the menu to us, great help.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had the fabulous Italian wedding soup and two pasta dishes along with dessert. Our server was excellent and we enjoyed our meal thoroughly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always wonderful!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good food, good service and nice atmosphere!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

We went there on light up night because our son was coming home on the mega bus from Penn States so we thought we would get dinner and wait for him. OMG there were so many people downtown that i didn't anticipate so we were stuck in traffic for at least a hour and they were very understanding and held our table. Wow after a bad start to our evening they more then made up for it. the food was very good The wine was great to and reasonably priced. and the waiter was very friendly would go back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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