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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: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 112
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 17
    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
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An institution in IC. Great (standard thin) crust pizza, even by our Chicago standards.Outstanding sausage and onion.Attentive, youthful and just plain nice staff. Family friendly. Neighborhood feel. Unpretentious but comfortable dining area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lee L
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Saint Charles
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Saint Charles
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An institution in IC. Great (standard thin) crust pizza, even by our Chicago standards.Outstanding sausage and onion.Attentive, youthful and just plain nice staff. Family friendly. Neighborhood feel. Unpretentious but comfortable dining area.

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Thank Lee L
Iowa City, Iowa
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pagliai's Pizza is our favorite pizza place in all of Iowa City. The service is great, the atmosphere warm and friendly and best of all the pizza is outstanding !! It's close to the University but at the same time located in a family neighborhood. You can bring a family or a date, everybody fits in. The only downside I... More 

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Thank Thomas M
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is delicious, "real", American pizza. This is the long forgotten neighborhood pizza joint of your youth, not corporate franchise pies that taste a lot like the box they came in. Everything except the fine cheese they use is made in house. Also, this is the cleanest restaurant in existence. Don't expect Neapolitan woodfired pizza, this is 1950s Americana.

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Thank UpperHolocene
Marion, Iowa
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A couple of friends recommended Pagliai's as they heard me taking about pizza joints. We decided to make a trip down from Marion. We got in before the big rush on a Saturday. The staff was friendly and recommend some local favorites to us. Pizza came out quick. It was delicious and our family of 4 devoured it. We will... More 

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Thank Mike D
Ann Arbor
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is the "pizza parlor"style pizza I remember from childhood, before the damp, greasy, topping heavy goo-disks of the soulless chains and delivery joints redefined this great (Italian) American food. At Pagliai's I love the modest, clean interior of the restaurant, the plastic water tumblers, the single page menu sheet on the table, and the friendly and very prompt service.... More 

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Thank Hadrian6
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I'm not a huge fan of thin pizza but I must say these guys do it right! The sauce isn't overpowering and it's delicious! Well done!

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Thank kidsmom1999
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

The pizza is great, they have dine in or takeout and the place was hoppin. This is thin-crust pizza, and a large left our family with room to hit an ice cream joint (2 adults, 3 small children). Excellent taste.

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Thank jon m
Dubuque, Iowa
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Another must stop in Iowa City. This place has the hottest pizza, temp wise. but it's so good that you don't care if you burn the roof of your mouth. Old school, thin crust pizza.

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Thank D24789
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

This homegrown pizza place has been in town for a long time, generations of the family operating it the same season after season, and the pizza has been the same, tasty fresh ingredients, moderate pricing, made right in the front window and baked in a venerable oven in full view of the patrons. The pizza tastes great, a "Must Have"... More 

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Thank Jim R
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Crowded, worth the wait. Don't burn your mouth. Enjoy this Iowa City traditional pizza stop! Also good for take out to George's bar across the way.

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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, Italian

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?