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Pagliai's Pizza

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1600 Lincoln Ave Ste C, Charleston, IL 61920-3029
(217) 345-3400
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Trip down memory lane

My husband grew up in the area and we like to stop when we visit. Still as good as we remembered, very busy and fast. Pizza is delicious and prices are reasonable. It has a nice atmosphere and is different than the usual pizza places.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Lesa M
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband grew up in the area and we like to stop when we visit. Still as good as we remembered, very busy and fast. Pizza is delicious and prices are reasonable. It has a nice atmosphere and is different than the usual pizza places.

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Thank Lesa M
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206 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Not sure how many years this place has been in business, but it was open back in the early 70s when in college at EIU. A place in business for that many years, has to be good. We have eaten here several times over the years and the pizzas are still as good as ever. I think people have their... More 

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Thank Hoosierfan_7
Marshall, Illinois
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I have traveled far and wide. I have eaten pizza at famous places but this is my favorite Pizza in the entire world! I have been coming here for 36 years and no one can beat it. The crust is perfect. The sauce is unique. No, they won't reveal the secret ingredients .... I have asked more than once! The... More 

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Thank FoodandTraveler
Longmont, Colorado
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My high school hang out turned big time! This place has always been great for pizza but now it's really nicely decorated inside and out. The service is small town wonderful and the pizza is just like I remembered it......fantastic. Way to go Pagliai's!

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Thank Jean E
Florida
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This is a must visit when I come home to visit Charleston. For me, they have had the best pizza in the country. Every time I go there, the place is busy. Nice atmosphere and good service. Paul, the owner, is the best and has carried on the family tradition for many many years. A must go to destination when... More 

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Thank Bridgette W
Carthage, New York
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Mediocre pizza at best; terrible customer service. Not a lot of flavor, and the people you have to deal with don't make it worthwhile at all.

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Thank polyesterbridesmaid
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

This is by far the best pizza ever . If you are visiting Charleston for any reason you have to have Pagliai's pizza. Try to avoid Wednesday evening's. That is 3.00 spaghetti night and the placed is packed ALL night, but if you don't mind the wait it's worth it!

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Thank john c
Charleston, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I have dined in the restaurant a few times with family and friends so decided to see if they would deliver. Before ordering I asked if they delivered 3 miles outside of town. Wait staff went and asked before coming back to the phone and told me yes. I placed the order, was told it would be ready in half... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I am fortunate enough to live in a town with another Pagliai's Pizza. It's a mainstay in my college town, and can be crammed full on Parents' Weekend or home football game days. Their crust is always thin and perfect, the cheese wonderfully melty, and the atmosphere hasn't changed since the 1950s. My family was staying in a hotel in... More 

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Thank Renee G
Springdale
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

Everyone told me this is the best pizza. I really don't see that it's all that special. It's ok, but not remarkable. I can get better at Walmart for half the price. IMHO, there's better pizza out there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1600 Lincoln Ave Ste C, Charleston, IL 61920-3029
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: (217) 345-3400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?