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A & A Pagliai's Pizza

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302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2102
319-351-5073
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Must Stop When in Iowa City

I've been going to Pagliai's Pizza since way back in my college days (a few years ago to be sure) and have always loved it. Now that I live far away, it's only on weekends when visiting Iowa City again that my wife and I can stop by and enjoy a pizza. First, it can be very busy there at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Michael B
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I've been going to Pagliai's Pizza since way back in my college days (a few years ago to be sure) and have always loved it. Now that I live far away, it's only on weekends when visiting Iowa City again that my wife and I can stop by and enjoy a pizza. First, it can be very busy there at... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great pizza, family owned with three generations working behind the counter on the average night. Seating is limited but carry out is easy. If you can eat there, do it. The garlic salt on the tables makes the Palace Special better, if that is even possible.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The pizza is tasty here. Old house converted into a no frills restaurant. Very small and congested atmosphere. Yes, you can see the crowded staff make the pizza. No appetizers or salads... Prices reasonable for what you get....

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The place is perfect if you want something different from the traditional american pizza... Their pizza tastes like real italian, which is awesome, and its also thinner and has different options of toppings. I had it with some white wine and loved it. Really recommend

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I'm a firm believer that a not all pizzas are created equally. I have a favorite deep-dish pizza place, a favorite specialty-pizza place, a favorite fast-pizza place, and then there's A & A Pagliai's. For impossible-to-beat traditional restaurant pizza with delicious sauce, flat crust, and no-nonsense toppings I challenge you to find someplace better. They offer seating in their restaurant... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

What is everyone else thinking? For those of you who think this pizza is "outstanding" - you need to get out more! This place is a disappointment. The crust is a tasteless cracker-type material (more reminiscent of Civil War-era hard tack than pizza crust). The sauce is bland, they are skimpy on the cheese, and an extra topping of a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We were in Iowa City for a large USA Swimming meet and looking for a nice local place near campus. Searching on trip adviser we found this place. Nothing fancy but the pizza and service was outstanding! We also were able to feed three for under $25. If we get back to Iowa City we will be back.

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Davenport, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Simple menu: just pizza. Great crust: thin and cracker-like, reminiscent of St. Louis style (Smugala's and Imo's). The Palace Special (sausage, beef, pepperoni, mushroom, and onion) was tasty and came out piping hot. Had their own large parking lot, so we didn't have to drive around searching for a spot like you do for other downtown restaurants. Decor made you... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Always a first choice favorite "let's go to Pagliai's" when our children and the families come back to visit!!

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Iowa City, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is positively the cleanest restaurant you will ever eat in - anywhere! Oh, and they have good pizza too!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2102
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 319-351-5073

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?