Pizzaiolo Primo

4.6
849 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

good food; server was good but very small in the inside and we were kind of stuck in the corner next to the pizza oven. Had special salad which was good and filling and rest and pizza and enjoyed. Calamari and meat/cheese apps very good

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RM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is very good but pricey. They also charge for all refills of sodas including club soda. Tables are quite small and close to other diners. They had to take away the water bottle in order to fit our food on the table and even then, it was really tight.

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

This is 3 Mother’s days in a row we’ve come to this restaurant. Each time, the food is phenomenal and the only reason we keep coming back but I just can’t anymore. Each time, there’s a different hostess who is just downright mean, beyond rude and seems to go out of their way to make the only day of the year I’m guaranteed to enjoy, unenjoyable. I’m thinking now it’s just a culture of the restaurant. Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen. I’m sure we’ll find another restaurant with a staff who respects their guests even minimally.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food and the ingredients are excellent excellent. However in 2 recent visits I found the pizza to be undercooked. The crust was not browned or crisp. The cheese had not melted or browned. A bit more oven time would reduce a splendid pie.

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

Have eaten here many times and never a disappointment. Whether outside or in, this place is outstanding. Wait staff is always spot on and food is fantastic. Mangia!

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k
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our food was incredible. My family started out with our favorite appetizer, Arancini, and also tried a new one - Carciofi Fritti both of which were amazing. We also had the special of the day, the swordfish dish, as well as the Bianca pizza, Pappardelle Funghi and Insalata Frutti Di Mare. We finished off our meal with the Tiramisu.

Our server, Jason, was great; very knowledgeable of the food and drinks. We'll be back again and again, this is one of our favorite restaurants!

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HD
Pittsburgh
64 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent as usual. Because it was a nice day, sitting outside was an added benefit - really enjoyed it!

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EF
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food preparation and very good cocktails. Dinner for 2, one cocktail each , one app, 1 desert, 2 entrees and 2 cappuccinos totaled $150 with tip. No complaints about city restaurant prices for good food- just a bit loud. Acoustics for conversation could be better

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BL
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with our dinner here. I eat a vegan diet and the waiter was extremely helpful and accommodating. It was also my husband's birthday and they gave him a slice of tiramisu on the house. We will definitely be back.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic gem on Market Square with great wine list. Pizza was great.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was great. The service was great. The speed of service was great. Everything was great. The party next to us was very loud and I couldn't really hear the person I was with, but that's obviously not your fault...

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D
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food/drinks were delicious, service was good, beautiful place.

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KB
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing as usual. It was a little slow but we were not in a rush.

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JF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service is always great here. It’s a great place for a business meeting, a family dinner or dinner for 2. The serving sizes are large -always take-home for the next day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food is always delicious and the service is great!

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b
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant. This night however there were several large groups. The noise was awful, we could not hear each other across the table. Group behind us was 8. They were screaming . I know this isn’t the restaurants fault but it is annoying.

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MA
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often come here before the theater and we are never disappointed. The service, food and cocktails are always exceptional.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alexa was a great server

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food! Nice atmosphere great service! We brought friends from Philadelphia who were really impressed.

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PE
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, excellent food and service. A wonderful meal on a Saturday night in a splendid environment.

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V
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I will never return to this restaurant again . I was told that I had to sit at the bar for dinner and that was not my desire .

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l
Toledo
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. My husband loved the meatballs and chicken parmigiana. I enjoyed the pizza. Little crowded but it's a small setting in base of restaurant. Very attentive staff. Will definitely return next time in Pittsburgh.

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

The food, the drinks and the service were great!

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p
Pittsburgh
74 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable meal in a lively atmosphere- attentive service and well-prepared food makes a winning combination! Our favorite go to restaurant before going to performances at Heinz Hall

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ZG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My only complaint would be that after making a reservation over a month in advance we would have a larger, more private, table rather than a small table for two right next to the door. Walk ins were accommodated this request and we were not. Regardless, we come once a year from Ontario and will be back next March

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GB
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We have dined here many times and always enjoy our meals. The food and wine were very good. Our server was exceptional. We look forward to returning again soon for another fine meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a group of 8 of us that came in on Saturday. We loved the food and had a great server who suggested a really good Rosé!! Can’t wait to come back soon!

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AS
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fresh and superb. Noodles and sauces had been made that morning - waitress was so knowledgeable and gave great recommendations.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

One of my truly favorite spots in Pitt. The food, as always, was beautiful. The hostess was as well. The server truly bombed. I love this place so much that even unattended, I would come back the next tone I’m in town.

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p
Pittsburgh
74 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived on time for our reservation and seated immediately on a very busy night; lively atmosphere on second floor; serving well prepared and delicious pasta dishes; attentive staff; definitely will return

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B
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Darrell, our waiter , was outstanding. He explained everything on the menu. I’ll definitely go back.

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C
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Portion sizes were large, which allowed for two meals. The next day left overs were still delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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K
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in after the St. Patrick’s Day parade and had a great experience! There were 5 adults and 2 kids in our party. We were seated on the top level and the bartender who waited on us had the entire bar plus all the tables on that level. He was efficient, kind and knowledgeable of the menu. We’ll definitely be back!

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P
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it. Fantastic pizza.

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f
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for our daughters birthday (one of her two favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh). Once again the food was outstanding and our waiter "Darryl" was the best I've had in a long time. Darryl knew the menu well and his recommendations were applauded by all eight diners at our table. Definitely order the short rib ragu, the eggplant parm and the gnocchi. Drinks were off the chart and all appetizers were better than could have been anticipated. Thank you Pizzaiolo Primo for another great family celebration

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BF
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Italian food with an excellent wine selection.

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MB
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

While I love Pizzaiolo, I was a bit disappointed this time! Waitress great, food not so much this Time! The pasta was ok and the chicken was not flavorful,maybe just an off day..

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JG
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. The Caesar salad is the best in town. Love the lemon chicken also.

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here every time we visit Pittsburgh. It is a small place in the Market Square with fantastic Italian food! Alexa was our server twice in one weekend and she’s just the best! Pleasant and knowledgeable about the dishes and the wine, making great recommendations. Perfectly cooked pastas and pizza. Light fresh salads. The upstairs area can be a romantic place for dinner — especially overlooking the Square on a snowy night. Definitely go there!

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than we thought it would be. The prices are a little steep but the portions are very large and delicious. You can't go wrong with this place for a date night.

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