Pizzaiolo

★★★★☆
  • 5008 Telegraph Ave

    Oakland, CA 94609

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  • 510-652-4888

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I came here on a first date once and had a terrific time. It's pretty small, but people stand around in the front with wine waiting for their tables. They have a small menu. If I were a food snob, I'd call it "well-edited." The service is friendly. To be honest, I prefer a greasy pizza place with draft beer, but this is a good spot for a more romantic but still casual dinner.

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★★★★☆

I came here on a first date once and had a terrific time. It's pretty small, but people stand around in the front with wine waiting for their tables. They have a small menu. If I were a food snob, I'd call it "well-edited." The service is friendly. To be honest, I prefer a greasy pizza place with draft beer, but this is a good spot for a more romantic but still casual dinner.

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I've been here several times, and love the wood fired pizza and salads. I've had the nettle pizza and the simple Marguerita. Both were delicious and the crust was great. I love their salads, very fresh ingredients. The menu changes daily depending on the ingredients. They have a nice wine selection though this last time around I thought they were off on their recommendations, saying one wine was dryer than the other only to find the opposite true! Had dessert their for the first time, and almond and pine nut cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream. It was good but a little on the dry side. I like moist cake.

Reservations are a must! They're BUSY.

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I was thinking about having my wedding and reception here because it is a pretty, and the food is good. I met the hostess who helps arrange events and she was kind of hit and miss. I had the idea to have the wedding here while dining, and so our waitress was kind enough to bring Jen around. It was a busy night so she could not spend a lot of time with us so I suggested that I e-mail her to set up an appointment. It took 2 e-mails from me (spaced a week apart) to get a response with no apology or acknowledgment of her delay. And I met with her a few more times, and she was a little flaky, and it almost always took two e-mails on my part to get a response. We've decided on another venue.

4
★★★★☆

I've been here several times, and love the wood fired pizza and salads. I've had the nettle pizza and the simple Marguerita. Both were delicious and the crust was great. I love their salads, very fresh ingredients. The menu changes daily depending on the ingredients. They have a nice wine selection though this last time around I thought they were off on their recommendations, saying one wine was dryer than the other only to find the opposite true! Had dessert their for the first time, and almond and pine nut cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream. It was good but a little on the dry side. I like moist cake.

Reservations are a must! They're BUSY.

Other Comments:
I was thinking about having my wedding and reception here because it is a pretty, and the food is good. I met the hostess who helps arrange events and she was kind of hit and miss. I had the idea to have the wedding here while dining, and so our waitress was kind enough to bring Jen around. It was a busy night so she could not spend a lot of time with us so I suggested that I e-mail her to set up an appointment. It took 2 e-mails from me (spaced a week apart) to get a response with no apology or acknowledgment of her delay. And I met with her a few more times, and she was a little flaky, and it almost always took two e-mails on my part to get a response. We've decided on another venue.

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Ate here last night with a group of 4. We arrived early but because the bar was packed went across the street and down half a block to a great little wine bar we noticed on the way in. We returned right at our reservation time and were seated immediately.

After a fairly long wait the water buzzed by to take our drink order. In the interim we ended up asking some menu questions to the man filling our waters since he was the only one giving us attention. We all ordered pretty standard drinks but apparently they aren't able to make some simple drinks like a cosmo or gimlet with lime. The drink menu is a bit old fashion, with a dozen whiskies and other drinks like cognac while having only two vodkas (obviously an intentional move) and a couple beers, though the wine selection is pretty good.

Apps - The "La Tacera" salad was decent but smothered with too much dressing and too few apples and walnuts, while the "Puntarelle" was a bit bland and chopped into really small pieces.

For dinner we shared: butternut squash ravioli, margherita pizza, and marinara pizza with sausage. The ravioli at $14 had just 5 raviolis, with the filling a very small part of the ravioli. They tasted rather bland which wasn't helped by the rather bland wild nettles on top. No one wanted to eat the last one.

The pizzas were great. They were light, crispy, and flavorful; definitely worth trying. They are made with a delightful thin crispy crust and nice mixture of sauce and cheese - lighter on the cheese than normal pizza, which works great (except when the cheese slides off a piece, which happened to one of us).

Dessert -tart with pine nuts and ice cream and a chocolate mousse-ish item (can't remember the name). The tart had above average flavor complimented nicely by the nuts. The "mousse" was decent but not memorable.

Overall, I'd probably go back and just get a pizza, but the appetizers, service, desserts, and drinks, were all just okay and the ravioli was poor.

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★★★☆☆

Ate here last night with a group of 4. We arrived early but because the bar was packed went across the street and down half a block to a great little wine bar we noticed on the way in. We returned right at our reservation time and were seated immediately.

After a fairly long wait the water buzzed by to take our drink order. In the interim we ended up asking some menu questions to the man filling our waters since he was the only one giving us attention. We all ordered pretty standard drinks but apparently they aren't able to make some simple drinks like a cosmo or gimlet with lime. The drink menu is a bit old fashion, with a dozen whiskies and other drinks like cognac while having only two vodkas (obviously an intentional move) and a couple beers, though the wine selection is pretty good.

Apps - The "La Tacera" salad was decent but smothered with too much dressing and too few apples and walnuts, while the "Puntarelle" was a bit bland and chopped into really small pieces.

For dinner we shared: butternut squash ravioli, margherita pizza, and marinara pizza with sausage. The ravioli at $14 had just 5 raviolis, with the filling a very small part of the ravioli. They tasted rather bland which wasn't helped by the rather bland wild nettles on top. No one wanted to eat the last one.

The pizzas were great. They were light, crispy, and flavorful; definitely worth trying. They are made with a delightful thin crispy crust and nice mixture of sauce and cheese - lighter on the cheese than normal pizza, which works great (except when the cheese slides off a piece, which happened to one of us).

Dessert -tart with pine nuts and ice cream and a chocolate mousse-ish item (can't remember the name). The tart had above average flavor complimented nicely by the nuts. The "mousse" was decent but not memorable.

Overall, I'd probably go back and just get a pizza, but the appetizers, service, desserts, and drinks, were all just okay and the ravioli was poor.

Pros: Pizza, value (most items)

Cons: Disinterested Service

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I was told a few times I have to try their pizza, that it??s the best in the area, I finally did, and it wasn??t as good as I expected, but still the Naples thin crust margarita pizza was nice (through the crust but unevenly cooked), there wasn??t enough variety on their menu to entice me to give it another try.

3
★★★☆☆

I was told a few times I have to try their pizza, that it??s the best in the area, I finally did, and it wasn??t as good as I expected, but still the Naples thin crust margarita pizza was nice (through the crust but unevenly cooked), there wasn??t enough variety on their menu to entice me to give it another try.

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Almost everyone who I??ve talked to in the East Bay swears by Pizzaiolo and tells me that it is either their favorite restaurant or favorite Italian restaurant. I am clearly missing something..The menu is unique, it changes daily. Unless you are well versed in the language of Italian cuisine, the menu is difficult to understand with entrees including ??Puntarella salad,? ??Chicories with pork rillette,? ??Pappardelle? and ??Cardoon.? I found myself either unable to understand the menu items or unwilling to try ??pickled watermelon radishes,? and was extremely discouraged that my waiter wasn??t the least bit helpful, shrugging off my questions about the menu and seemed uninterested in serving students, whom obviously is not the target audience of this restaurant. My BF and I finally decided on ordering the meatballs and margherita pizza, both which were flavorful but extremely small in portion size. The desserts were quite pleasing however I was overall disappointed in Pizzaiolo??s limited menu, small portions, unhelpful staff and expensive price tags. We left the meal spending about $50 and were both hungry. Despite this, I will say that Pizzaiolo has a great location and a very fun and trendy atmosphere, perfect for young adults to go with their friends. Other down sides- parking is impossible, without a reservation don??t plan on eating there, and I wouldn??t consider it to be kid friendly.

3
★★★☆☆

Almost everyone who I??ve talked to in the East Bay swears by Pizzaiolo and tells me that it is either their favorite restaurant or favorite Italian restaurant. I am clearly missing something..The menu is unique, it changes daily. Unless you are well versed in the language of Italian cuisine, the menu is difficult to understand with entrees including ??Puntarella salad,? ??Chicories with pork rillette,? ??Pappardelle? and ??Cardoon.? I found myself either unable to understand the menu items or unwilling to try ??pickled watermelon radishes,? and was extremely discouraged that my waiter wasn??t the least bit helpful, shrugging off my questions about the menu and seemed uninterested in serving students, whom obviously is not the target audience of this restaurant. My BF and I finally decided on ordering the meatballs and margherita pizza, both which were flavorful but extremely small in portion size. The desserts were quite pleasing however I was overall disappointed in Pizzaiolo??s limited menu, small portions, unhelpful staff and expensive price tags. We left the meal spending about $50 and were both hungry. Despite this, I will say that Pizzaiolo has a great location and a very fun and trendy atmosphere, perfect for young adults to go with their friends. Other down sides- parking is impossible, without a reservation don??t plan on eating there, and I wouldn??t consider it to be kid friendly.

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After going to Pizzaiolo, I finally knew what it was like to taste true gormet food. I consider myself a picky eater, but just the presentation of the food alone made it appetizing to me. The food is a new experience every time I step foot in the restaurant. The creativity of each dish provides such a unique dining experience that I have not been able to find anywhere else. The pizzas are unlike anything you have ever tasted in your life. The potato pizza is amazing and my personal favorite dish is the pork meatballs. You haven't had meatballs until you have Pizzaiolo's meatballs. It is like a party of flavors in your mouth.

If you read the negative reviews, half of the people haven't even tried the pizza. How can you lay off pizza when the name of the restaurant is PIZZAiolo? There is a reason. This restaurant adds to the uniqueness of the Bay Area and exemplifies gourmet food.

Cheers to the best meal of your life.

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★★★★★

After going to Pizzaiolo, I finally knew what it was like to taste true gormet food. I consider myself a picky eater, but just the presentation of the food alone made it appetizing to me. The food is a new experience every time I step foot in the restaurant. The creativity of each dish provides such a unique dining experience that I have not been able to find anywhere else. The pizzas are unlike anything you have ever tasted in your life. The potato pizza is amazing and my personal favorite dish is the pork meatballs. You haven't had meatballs until you have Pizzaiolo's meatballs. It is like a party of flavors in your mouth.

If you read the negative reviews, half of the people haven't even tried the pizza. How can you lay off pizza when the name of the restaurant is PIZZAiolo? There is a reason. This restaurant adds to the uniqueness of the Bay Area and exemplifies gourmet food.

Cheers to the best meal of your life.

Pros: Food, wine, everything

Cons: Sometimes service can be slower than normal, but worth the wait.

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Their wood over pizzas are to DIE for!! Come with a large party so you can order one of everything and share slices (the menu changes daily). Their appetizers and dessert are awesome too--always so fresh. And the price is very reasonable.

5
★★★★★

Their wood over pizzas are to DIE for!! Come with a large party so you can order one of everything and share slices (the menu changes daily). Their appetizers and dessert are awesome too--always so fresh. And the price is very reasonable.

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I sent a letter to the owner (edited b/c of character limits):

Dear Owner,
As you know, many of the residents near Pizzaiolo are very diverse yet my boyfriend and I were two of very few people of color in the entire restaurant. I say all of this to set the stage for what my boyfriend experienced when he came alone to your restaurant yesterday. He asked questions about the pizza and he sensed impatience and frustration from the staff. And then a simple request??Can you cut the pizza in smaller pieces?? The waitress asked the folks in the kitchen. He saw them talking it over?he saw them looking at him, he heard ?no? and from the wait staff he heard ?too bad.? And then there was a subtle bit of snickering from a group of waiters. The waitress tried to explain that they could not do what he?d asked but stumbled with no good explanation. He wanted to turn around and leave without his order. Because our SF friends were waiting, he arrived to movie night upset, refusing to ever give Pizzaiolo his hard-earned money again and, with three pizzas that we all agreed were delicious.

This experience resembled the Seinfeld episode about a ?Soup $azi? whose soup was so wonderful that he discriminatively rejected his customer?s requests. My boyfriend meant very little to the restaurant staff whose accolades are international.

It is difficult to say that discrimination by ethnicity exists in a place as diverse as the Bay Area?it?s subtle. But being Black all of your life affords you keen reconnaissance skills that help you become familiar with these subtleties. And with the North Oakland neighborhood changing, it?s just hard to believe that the general demographic of your restaurant patrons, those who have elevated the restaurant to its current status would ever receive the same treatment that my boyfriend received. And if ever so, they surely would confront the staff or choose never to eat there again.

Thanks for listening.

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★☆☆☆☆

I sent a letter to the owner (edited b/c of character limits):

Dear Owner,
As you know, many of the residents near Pizzaiolo are very diverse yet my boyfriend and I were two of very few people of color in the entire restaurant. I say all of this to set the stage for what my boyfriend experienced when he came alone to your restaurant yesterday. He asked questions about the pizza and he sensed impatience and frustration from the staff. And then a simple request??Can you cut the pizza in smaller pieces?? The waitress asked the folks in the kitchen. He saw them talking it over?he saw them looking at him, he heard ?no? and from the wait staff he heard ?too bad.? And then there was a subtle bit of snickering from a group of waiters. The waitress tried to explain that they could not do what he?d asked but stumbled with no good explanation. He wanted to turn around and leave without his order. Because our SF friends were waiting, he arrived to movie night upset, refusing to ever give Pizzaiolo his hard-earned money again and, with three pizzas that we all agreed were delicious.

This experience resembled the Seinfeld episode about a ?Soup $azi? whose soup was so wonderful that he discriminatively rejected his customer?s requests. My boyfriend meant very little to the restaurant staff whose accolades are international.

It is difficult to say that discrimination by ethnicity exists in a place as diverse as the Bay Area?it?s subtle. But being Black all of your life affords you keen reconnaissance skills that help you become familiar with these subtleties. And with the North Oakland neighborhood changing, it?s just hard to believe that the general demographic of your restaurant patrons, those who have elevated the restaurant to its current status would ever receive the same treatment that my boyfriend received. And if ever so, they surely would confront the staff or choose never to eat there again.

Thanks for listening.

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I haven't had a meal less than very good here since they opened, but recently I have had some rockin' great dishes. The pizzas of course are very good. The crowds and some poor seating options remain (secret -- if a warm night you can often grab an outdoor table on the back patio, but it can feel rather pedestrian and lonely back there on plastic lawn chairs). The wine list seems to have moved more high end pricey, so I've been hitting the cocktail list. Drinks are well balanced and innovative. Now the food: Best chicken potpie I think I've had; best deep fried whole NC prawn with hot pepper appetizer; some awesome salad combinations; good desserts and espresso. Generally friendly service, but can get scarce when the place is crowded which is often.

2
★★★★★

I haven't had a meal less than very good here since they opened, but recently I have had some rockin' great dishes. The pizzas of course are very good. The crowds and some poor seating options remain (secret -- if a warm night you can often grab an outdoor table on the back patio, but it can feel rather pedestrian and lonely back there on plastic lawn chairs). The wine list seems to have moved more high end pricey, so I've been hitting the cocktail list. Drinks are well balanced and innovative. Now the food: Best chicken potpie I think I've had; best deep fried whole NC prawn with hot pepper appetizer; some awesome salad combinations; good desserts and espresso. Generally friendly service, but can get scarce when the place is crowded which is often.

Pros: Food is now hitting all cylinders with fresh ingredients and real care.

Cons: away from the main dining room ambience lacking; front and bar often like a Japanese subway car

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Tried Pizzaolo when it first opened and did not go back for over a year due to the long wait, cramped dining and petulant service. The food was the only thing that drew me back for one last try. Happy to say that they now take reservations, are trying harder on the service and the food is still delicious. Addition of fresh, interesting cocktails is a nice touch. Tip: call for a reservation - you'll have a much better experience.

2
★★★★☆

Tried Pizzaolo when it first opened and did not go back for over a year due to the long wait, cramped dining and petulant service. The food was the only thing that drew me back for one last try. Happy to say that they now take reservations, are trying harder on the service and the food is still delicious. Addition of fresh, interesting cocktails is a nice touch. Tip: call for a reservation - you'll have a much better experience.

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This pizza here is amazing. You will usually have to wait a long time to be seated but if you show up an hour before closing you can usually be seated quickly. I have always found the staff to be nice and knowledgable in regards to the menu and wines.

2
★★★★★

This pizza here is amazing. You will usually have to wait a long time to be seated but if you show up an hour before closing you can usually be seated quickly. I have always found the staff to be nice and knowledgable in regards to the menu and wines.

Pros: food, wines, etc..

Cons: long wait

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I first ate here right after Pizzaiolo opened. Everything, from the antipasti to the four pizzas we shared, were superb. The servers were very helpful without getting in your face. Fast forward to tonight....round two at Pizzaiolo. The woman who seated us was awfully rude and service was horrendous. After waiting for twenty minutes, our orders were finally taken. Antipasti was very good, so I figured maybe the night would turn out OK. Then, we waited. And waited. AND WAITED. 50 MINTUES LATER, our pizza arrived. To add to this, the pizza was very bland. Who knew that cherry tomatoes, genoa salami, bufala mozzarella and parsley could be such an uninspiring combo? So what does this mean? The next time I go, Pizzaiolo will be just an average experience, balancing out one awesome dinner with a second mediocre one? Maybe I should take a celebrity with me next time, to ensure speedy service and food that's made to wow the tastebuds.

2
★★★★☆

I first ate here right after Pizzaiolo opened. Everything, from the antipasti to the four pizzas we shared, were superb. The servers were very helpful without getting in your face. Fast forward to tonight....round two at Pizzaiolo. The woman who seated us was awfully rude and service was horrendous. After waiting for twenty minutes, our orders were finally taken. Antipasti was very good, so I figured maybe the night would turn out OK. Then, we waited. And waited. AND WAITED. 50 MINTUES LATER, our pizza arrived. To add to this, the pizza was very bland. Who knew that cherry tomatoes, genoa salami, bufala mozzarella and parsley could be such an uninspiring combo? So what does this mean? The next time I go, Pizzaiolo will be just an average experience, balancing out one awesome dinner with a second mediocre one? Maybe I should take a celebrity with me next time, to ensure speedy service and food that's made to wow the tastebuds.

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The pizza arrived charred and the entree arrived with hair on the polenta cake. After several attempts at flagging down our waiter, I mentioned this to him. He said, "Oh", grabbed two spoons, removed the polenta cake in front of me and left. There was NO apology, NO compensation and NO replacement polenta cake.

I am NEVER going back. The service was lousy and the food is mediocre.

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★☆☆☆☆

The pizza arrived charred and the entree arrived with hair on the polenta cake. After several attempts at flagging down our waiter, I mentioned this to him. He said, "Oh", grabbed two spoons, removed the polenta cake in front of me and left. There was NO apology, NO compensation and NO replacement polenta cake.

I am NEVER going back. The service was lousy and the food is mediocre.

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I've been to Pizzaiolo about 12 times, many times last fall, then tapering off since. The food is fantastic, the calamari and garbanzo beans are a revelation, the pizzas sublime. Good wine list and good service. The food is truly some of the finest I've had in many years.

The problems with this place could easily be fixed if the owners gave a damn about their diners. The lack of reservations is truly awful. The neighborhood is scary and cold, there is nothing at all enjoyable about standing out front (no shops, lots of bums). A pony wall should be put up between the bar and restaurant, and the front window table should be made available for waiting diners (yes, I've done some restaurant designing). The bar is always full, I have yet to find a space to stand at the bar while waiting.

THE BACK ROOM is a smelly, ugly space. Flourescent light, one large communal table - after waiting 90 minutes, being seated in this room to eat my $75 per person meal is just insulting. Pizzzaiolo needs to put in some decent tables and lighting, and do something about the bleach smell. Even when I was lucky eonugh to get a booth table in the main dining room, my group was forced to sit all along one side because the sun was beating in the window with enough force to blind anyone sitting facing the front windows. How could they not realize they need to put up some shades? COMFORT while dining is part of the experience, and this restaurant is literally painful to visit. I don't know why the owners of this place hold their customers in such contempt, but I wouldn't expect this place to remain popular unless they change. We still occaisionally go back because the food is so wonderful, but I always feel like a chump when we do!

2
★★★★☆

I've been to Pizzaiolo about 12 times, many times last fall, then tapering off since. The food is fantastic, the calamari and garbanzo beans are a revelation, the pizzas sublime. Good wine list and good service. The food is truly some of the finest I've had in many years.

The problems with this place could easily be fixed if the owners gave a damn about their diners. The lack of reservations is truly awful. The neighborhood is scary and cold, there is nothing at all enjoyable about standing out front (no shops, lots of bums). A pony wall should be put up between the bar and restaurant, and the front window table should be made available for waiting diners (yes, I've done some restaurant designing). The bar is always full, I have yet to find a space to stand at the bar while waiting.

THE BACK ROOM is a smelly, ugly space. Flourescent light, one large communal table - after waiting 90 minutes, being seated in this room to eat my $75 per person meal is just insulting. Pizzzaiolo needs to put in some decent tables and lighting, and do something about the bleach smell. Even when I was lucky eonugh to get a booth table in the main dining room, my group was forced to sit all along one side because the sun was beating in the window with enough force to blind anyone sitting facing the front windows. How could they not realize they need to put up some shades? COMFORT while dining is part of the experience, and this restaurant is literally painful to visit. I don't know why the owners of this place hold their customers in such contempt, but I wouldn't expect this place to remain popular unless they change. We still occaisionally go back because the food is so wonderful, but I always feel like a chump when we do!

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One word describes our experiencemiserable. The food was mediocre at best (we didnt try the pizza though weve heard they are good) and very disappointing. But the biggest complaint is the service. The wait staff was rude and arrogant and not attentive at all. They didnt acknowledge our arrival for several minutes, only to make us wait and finally seat us at the communal table (which had been empty the whole time).

There are much better places to dine than here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

One word describes our experiencemiserable. The food was mediocre at best (we didnt try the pizza though weve heard they are good) and very disappointing. But the biggest complaint is the service. The wait staff was rude and arrogant and not attentive at all. They didnt acknowledge our arrival for several minutes, only to make us wait and finally seat us at the communal table (which had been empty the whole time).

There are much better places to dine than here.

Cons: sevice, food

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I went here the other night with my friend. Our salad was delicious, but small and cost $9. We also ordered the sand dabs. The plate was large enough for us to split. The service was great and the vibe in the restaurant is laid back and warm. The food is good, but there is a tremendous wait (45 mins. on a Tuesday night). There is no waiting area and the bar was packed. You can wait outside, but it's not an area like Rockridge where you can at least walk around and check out a couple of stores while you wait. This place does not take reservations. While the food is definitely good, the prices are high for what you get, so it's hard for me to justify returning here when there are so many other great restaurants in the area that take reservations and are comparable or better.

2
★★★★☆

I went here the other night with my friend. Our salad was delicious, but small and cost $9. We also ordered the sand dabs. The plate was large enough for us to split. The service was great and the vibe in the restaurant is laid back and warm. The food is good, but there is a tremendous wait (45 mins. on a Tuesday night). There is no waiting area and the bar was packed. You can wait outside, but it's not an area like Rockridge where you can at least walk around and check out a couple of stores while you wait. This place does not take reservations. While the food is definitely good, the prices are high for what you get, so it's hard for me to justify returning here when there are so many other great restaurants in the area that take reservations and are comparable or better.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: Prices, No reservations, No waiting area

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We'd heard good things from the Chronicle and again from friends. We are so happy that we decided to try Pizzaiolo! We had to wait for 20 minutes for a table, but we ordered a bottle of wine at the bar, so that was no problem. If you're looking for pizza like you enjoyed in Italy - this is the place. Delicious! Original, but simple. We had a hard time finding the place (there's no sign outside!) It's directly across from Walgreen's - take the address. The ambiance was perfect. We highly recommend it!

2
★★★★★

We'd heard good things from the Chronicle and again from friends. We are so happy that we decided to try Pizzaiolo! We had to wait for 20 minutes for a table, but we ordered a bottle of wine at the bar, so that was no problem. If you're looking for pizza like you enjoyed in Italy - this is the place. Delicious! Original, but simple. We had a hard time finding the place (there's no sign outside!) It's directly across from Walgreen's - take the address. The ambiance was perfect. We highly recommend it!

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Price

Cons: Hard to find!

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I came because the local magazine reviews raved about the place and I was not disappointed. Without a doubt one of the best gourmet pizza places in the bay area. I'm not sure why other reviewers complained about the service. The wait was long, but attests to the popularity of the place and the quality of the food. Once seated, I found the staff was knowledgeable and efficient. For the quality and quantity of the food, the prices are extremely reasonable. The wine list was a good mix. If you think $33 is too much for wine, then perhaps you should go back to eating at BK...

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★★★★★

I came because the local magazine reviews raved about the place and I was not disappointed. Without a doubt one of the best gourmet pizza places in the bay area. I'm not sure why other reviewers complained about the service. The wait was long, but attests to the popularity of the place and the quality of the food. Once seated, I found the staff was knowledgeable and efficient. For the quality and quantity of the food, the prices are extremely reasonable. The wine list was a good mix. If you think $33 is too much for wine, then perhaps you should go back to eating at BK...

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Yes, blasting a Sting album, not the Police, Sting. Doesn't really go....anyhow on to the food & wine. The food here is very mediocre, things you can make at home, but what makes it less pleasant than staying home is the loud corny music and the 3 servers who come to your table confused. The first was upset that we did not know what we wanted when he approached us 25 seconds after we were seated, then again 50 secnds later. The wine pours are CHINCY, maybe 2 oz for $7 to $9!!! The pizzas have a chewy, albeit, thin, crust, and a seafood stew was bland, cold and not fresh. Disappointing. Thought there would be something interesting in Oakland.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Yes, blasting a Sting album, not the Police, Sting. Doesn't really go....anyhow on to the food & wine. The food here is very mediocre, things you can make at home, but what makes it less pleasant than staying home is the loud corny music and the 3 servers who come to your table confused. The first was upset that we did not know what we wanted when he approached us 25 seconds after we were seated, then again 50 secnds later. The wine pours are CHINCY, maybe 2 oz for $7 to $9!!! The pizzas have a chewy, albeit, thin, crust, and a seafood stew was bland, cold and not fresh. Disappointing. Thought there would be something interesting in Oakland.

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I was looking forward to trying this place and was fine with the hour wait to get seated. We were given the worst seat in the place at the communal table in front of the kitchen door with the smell of bleach and the romantic ambiance of fluorescent lighting. We asked to be moved and were given the second worst table in the place next to the hallway to the bathroom. Simply put, the service stunk.

The food was a bit simple and over priced. The lettuce salad was microscopic and salty. I had the beef short ribs, which were very fatty and salty. The pizzas were good but I would suggest the Cheeseboard. The food wasn't worth the poor service and long wait. The only saving grace of the night was talking to the couple next to us about how comically bad the service was.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was looking forward to trying this place and was fine with the hour wait to get seated. We were given the worst seat in the place at the communal table in front of the kitchen door with the smell of bleach and the romantic ambiance of fluorescent lighting. We asked to be moved and were given the second worst table in the place next to the hallway to the bathroom. Simply put, the service stunk.

The food was a bit simple and over priced. The lettuce salad was microscopic and salty. I had the beef short ribs, which were very fatty and salty. The pizzas were good but I would suggest the Cheeseboard. The food wasn't worth the poor service and long wait. The only saving grace of the night was talking to the couple next to us about how comically bad the service was.

Cons: Abysmal Service, Mediocre Food, Over Priced

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I was there with other two friends, all from italy, and let me tell you, this is by far some of the best pizzas I have ever had, definitely the kind I am used to at home. Perfectly-cooked crust, delicious tomato sauce. Even the garlic in the marinara was not at all overpowering, as it is too often the case. Good wines and desserts, very cozy atmosphere and nice service. All in all a quite honest value for what we had: it's slightly pricey for a pizzeria, but, hey, this is a fancy place, not a fast food joint! I've already suggested the place to everybody as the only pizza place they need to know.

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★★★★★

I was there with other two friends, all from italy, and let me tell you, this is by far some of the best pizzas I have ever had, definitely the kind I am used to at home. Perfectly-cooked crust, delicious tomato sauce. Even the garlic in the marinara was not at all overpowering, as it is too often the case. Good wines and desserts, very cozy atmosphere and nice service. All in all a quite honest value for what we had: it's slightly pricey for a pizzeria, but, hey, this is a fancy place, not a fast food joint! I've already suggested the place to everybody as the only pizza place they need to know.

Pros: Perfect pizza, Friendly atmosphere, Nice service

Cons: Long waiting lines

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I've been to Pizzaiolo several times, and the food has always been sublime. Things like smoky wood-oven calamari with garbanzo beans. I go back for that one dish alone! And there is no comparable pizza in the whole Bay Area.

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★★★★★

I've been to Pizzaiolo several times, and the food has always been sublime. Things like smoky wood-oven calamari with garbanzo beans. I go back for that one dish alone! And there is no comparable pizza in the whole Bay Area.

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The restaurant doesn't take reservations, but the wait is worth it. The staff were always courteous to compensate for somewhat slow service. The place is packed with families with young kids - very friendly atmosphere. The food is what you come here for, and it is heavenly. You can taste the freshness of ingredients. The menu changes every day. We had the sausage pizza with greens (broccoli, how creative!), meatballs, and lasagna (very fluffy and light). Definite recommend!

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★★★★★

The restaurant doesn't take reservations, but the wait is worth it. The staff were always courteous to compensate for somewhat slow service. The place is packed with families with young kids - very friendly atmosphere. The food is what you come here for, and it is heavenly. You can taste the freshness of ingredients. The menu changes every day. We had the sausage pizza with greens (broccoli, how creative!), meatballs, and lasagna (very fluffy and light). Definite recommend!

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: no rsvp's

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If its hard to get a table it is because the food, not to mention the wine, is so exquisite. The fresh Monterey Bay sardines were absolutely scrumptious! All of the appetizers, especially the antipasti, were elegant and creative. I'm not even a pizza-lover particularly, but the wood fired crust topped with rocket and prosciutto made me love the pie. I couldn't disagree more with the other review.

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★★★★★

If its hard to get a table it is because the food, not to mention the wine, is so exquisite. The fresh Monterey Bay sardines were absolutely scrumptious! All of the appetizers, especially the antipasti, were elegant and creative. I'm not even a pizza-lover particularly, but the wood fired crust topped with rocket and prosciutto made me love the pie. I couldn't disagree more with the other review.

Pros: hip, great music, nice wine

Cons: hip

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Expecting good things, the overall dining experience was disappointing. The Margherita & Sweet/Hot Peppers with homemade sausage pizzas were excellent as was the Pappardelle alla Bolognese. However, that's where the good times ended. The service was stiff & indifferent. The Alla Pizzaiolo was ordered on the recommendation of our server and it was unusual and ornate, to say the least. As this is the diner's chance to experience the creativity of the chef, our chef that evening must have had his Christmas list in mind as we received oblong slices of zuccini, mint leaves and cherry tomatoes reminiscent of a Christmas tree ornanment and tasting just about as bland. The wine list is overpriced for a pizza joint with the prices beginning at $33 for a bottle of red. One would assume there might be a house wine suitable for drinking for less. We will definitely think twice before returning.

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★★☆☆☆

Expecting good things, the overall dining experience was disappointing. The Margherita & Sweet/Hot Peppers with homemade sausage pizzas were excellent as was the Pappardelle alla Bolognese. However, that's where the good times ended. The service was stiff & indifferent. The Alla Pizzaiolo was ordered on the recommendation of our server and it was unusual and ornate, to say the least. As this is the diner's chance to experience the creativity of the chef, our chef that evening must have had his Christmas list in mind as we received oblong slices of zuccini, mint leaves and cherry tomatoes reminiscent of a Christmas tree ornanment and tasting just about as bland. The wine list is overpriced for a pizza joint with the prices beginning at $33 for a bottle of red. One would assume there might be a house wine suitable for drinking for less. We will definitely think twice before returning.

Pros: Standard pizzas, Pappardelle

Cons: Wine list, Service, Alla Pizzaiolo

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Waited 45 minutes for a table they forgot us. no reservations taken, and crowded, watched fully set tables stand empty while the maitre'd talked on his cell. My beer was room temperature. Many odd wines offered.

We shared table with another couple. All ordered same time, our entire meal came before the other couple received any food. My pizza arrived anchovy-less. Waitress informed us the anchovies always came on the side, and eventually brought them.

Sometimes employees just stood around, or moved at a leisurely pace while customers waited. A dish described as semolina gnocchi made from ground meat. A squid dish arrived with a pronounced spoiled fishy smell.

Fried cheese appetizers cheese bland well paired with spicy rocket. Margarita pizza crust good, sauce bland, the buffalo mozzarella scarce.

Very chic restaurant, obviously expensive decor, very poorly managed. We wouldn't go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Waited 45 minutes for a table they forgot us. no reservations taken, and crowded, watched fully set tables stand empty while the maitre'd talked on his cell. My beer was room temperature. Many odd wines offered.

We shared table with another couple. All ordered same time, our entire meal came before the other couple received any food. My pizza arrived anchovy-less. Waitress informed us the anchovies always came on the side, and eventually brought them.

Sometimes employees just stood around, or moved at a leisurely pace while customers waited. A dish described as semolina gnocchi made from ground meat. A squid dish arrived with a pronounced spoiled fishy smell.

Fried cheese appetizers cheese bland well paired with spicy rocket. Margarita pizza crust good, sauce bland, the buffalo mozzarella scarce.

Very chic restaurant, obviously expensive decor, very poorly managed. We wouldn't go back.

Pros: good decor, easy to get to

Cons: bad service, mediocre food, badly managed

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Oakland's food-centric Temescal district counts this hifalutin pizza joint as one of the sparkling jewels in its crown thanks to chef-owner and Chez Panisse alum Charlie Hallowell. Bare brick walls, a rock 'n' roll soundtrack and artisan…

 

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