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“YUCK!”

A & A Pagliai's Pizza
Ranked #7 of 249 Restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Iowa City
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“YUCK!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2010

Greasy flat pizza like in small Iowa towns. Only reason it is popular is because it's by the downtown bars. When you've been drinking, anything tastes good. The other reviewers obviously have never lived outside I.C.

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“Our favorite in the entire USA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2010

We travel about 175 days a year so eat in lot of restaurants. There is no better thin crust pizza in America than what you can get at Pagliai's. There are several other associated restaurants in the Midwest; we have eaten at all of them. Some are close to this high water mark--i.e the one in Des Moines, but most fall a little short.Menus are broader at other restaurants, but this is crispy, perfectly sauced and best with traditional toppings such as pepperoni or sausage and mushrooms. Don't be putting any of that pineapple or artichokes on this pizza.

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Denver, Colorado
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“Very Fresh Pizza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2010

The pizza makers make the pizza right in the front window. The ingredients are fresh as fresh can be. I love the sausage they use on the pizza and the Palace special is really good! They just offer pizza- no pastas, salads, etc. (due to limited kitchen space I think).

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“Classic thin crust done right”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2010

Classic thin crust done right

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Eastern Iowa
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“Done right - always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2009

I've been going to Pagliai's for around 30 years and a couple of things have remained absolute constants. The Pizza is great and Hot and it's clean.

The pizza is a thin crust pizza as others have mentioned. If you want deep dish or thick, you need to seek it elsewhere. They do one thng and do it consistently very well. One standard is that the pizza comes to your table piping hot. You must vent the cheese/toppings or simply wait or you will burn your mouth. Even regulars who know this are quilty of getting to anxious and piting in while it's too hot.

Not sure why trip advisor says it's recommended for delivery, they don't do delivery.

Also not sure about the comment about not living up to the hype. They make a quality pizza, and do it consistently well. If you're into pretentious dining, you might not be happy here. It's just a good clean place.

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