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“Worth the wait - best pizza!”
Review of Pizzaiolo

Ranked #174 of 1,283 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Santa Rosa, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Worth the wait - best pizza!”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Situated in an old block of Telegraph near 51st, under a working neon Dutch Boy Paints sign, this converted storefront is one of a group of interesting food stops in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. So yeah, it's busy and noisy, but is that a bad thing? We just showed up on a Thursday night without a reservation. That was a big mistake - we waited over an hour and a half for a 2 top. We were getting a little crazy by the time we finally were seated. BUT, they were very apologetic and friendly - great people. Once we got started everything came quickly.
SALAD: Couldn't get enough of this dressing, a light vinaigrette over little gem lettuce and thinly sliced radishes. Light and tasty.
PIZZA: OK, it sounds trite, but for us this was the Best Pizza Ever. A simple marguerita pizza with their housemade sausage. The crust was thin, fresh and crackly, fresh out of the wood fired brick oven. We ordered a second one, which we never do. This is our style - if you like the thin crust euro style pizza, as opposed to Chicago deep dish, this is for you.
DESSERT: panna cotta was delicious, light, and not too sweet. The real deal. Good espresso, too.
OVERALL: make a reservation 1 or 2 days in advance, and just go there. Try one of the pasta or seafood dishes, too. Can't say enough about this place. The wines were good, pizza was Excellent, dessert was great, and the people were really nice. We loved it. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Richmond, CA
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“I love the pizza”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

They do a really great job of making great pizza and specialty drinks. They get really busy, so definitely make a reservation. The staff is always very nice. I would go more often, but they can be a little pricey.

Visited May 2012
Thank Shonda D
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Tucson, AZ
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pizzaiola gets better and better”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This restaurant has been one of my favorites since it opened 7 years ago. The menu has broadened and they now take reservations (a huge plus). They offer a variety of Italian dishes (including pizza obviously) all with a creative touch. I love the outdoor movies on summer evenings but wish the place would be a little less noisy. Go and enjoy.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank ronniepf
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Underhill, Vermont
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Very Good Pizza”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

This place has a lot of tables but there seems to always be a line. The pizza is a little pricey but the service is excellent. The ingredients are fresh. It takes a while in the evening as they have one wood fired oven. The ingredients are fresh. So if you are with some friends, make a reservation and be prepared to spend some time. Draft beer very good selection.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Photo-2_Vermont
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Southern CA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time and money”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is a trending restaurant that just does not deliver. It may have when it initially opened but does not anymore. I was not pleased the first time but was willing to give it another chance and then the second time again so-so and then the third time was the listen stupid moment. Wait staff that doesn't care, kitchen staff that think it is fine to send out burned up food and management that seems like they could care less. I did not have one meal (and these are meals with small groups of friend or family) where there weren't multiple items brought to the table that should have been put in the garbage. Like a great loaf of bread but the bottom 3/4" burnt to black char. Pizza burnt on the bottom and with left over char from the previously cooked pizza. Wait staff that disappear and never come back. Leftover pizza to be boxed - like a whole pizza that never returns to your table and wait staff that can't be found. But just leave the restaurant for three minutes and go back for something you think you might have left on the table and your table is cleared, cleaned and all the staff is back? And no one recognizes that you were just there. Ooops. I'm sorry local family but I will not go back. Three fairly expensive pizza adventures that were all losers and I am done.

  • Visited September 2012
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