About Pizzaiolo Primo
Welcome to Pizzaiolo Primo, home of truly authentic Neapolitan Cuisine. Pizzaiolo Primo roots trace back to Pittsburgh circa 1996, with an original credo: create Neapolitan pizza using old-world techniques and using the highest-quality ingredients available. Today, we hand-make nearly everything on the menu - from sweet fennel sausage, meatballs and pasta, to mozzarella and antipasto vegetables. If we don't hand-make it, it's imported from the best artisans, cheese makers and salumeria in the world. Our Mozzarella di bufala comes direct from Naples and we cook only the best dried pasta in the world, always to order, always al dente. We bake our pizzas at 1000 degrees in a handcrafted, wood-fired brick oven for less than 90 seconds using perfectly leavened dough, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. The result is an authentic Neapolitan culinary experience with integrity. Buon Appetito!
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Market Square and Forbes Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is offered at Kiosk in Market Square
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pizzaiolo Primo Ratings and Reviews
If you are looking for authentic Italian ...
If you are looking for authentic Italian food, Pizzaiolo Primo is outstanding. However, the restaurant is very small inside, and even with a reservation, I was stuck at a tiny table right in the middle of the floor, next to the bar. We had people talking over us, and running into us through our entire meal. The food is on the more expensive side, so I expected a more pleasant experience than what I received.
The food here is always prepared to perf ...
The food here is always prepared to perfection. Fresh imported ingredients prepared knowingly and lovingly for their customers. The staff and servers are extremely knowledgeable about the regions of Italy the food and the wines come from, plus they are incredibly friendly each and every time we visit. Fabulous wine list too! My favorite restaurant by far!
We were lucky to have used Open Table to ...
We were lucky to have used Open Table to make a reservation earlier in the day - it was packed at 230 pm sunday, just days after the local Light Up Night and European Market opened (and the skating rink!). The service was friendly but with such a crowd, it was a bit of a wait and appetizer plates took awhile, couldn't find server for awhile but noticed, I think, manager stepping in to help smooth out things. We sat on the second floor; first is classic bistro looking with several iron table and black and white floor. Upstairs is different, cozier maybe and a bit more elbow room. We enjoyed very much and will go back again.
I arrived 10 minutes before my 12:30 res ...
I arrived 10 minutes before my 12:30 ressrvation and was told my table was being prepared. My friend arrived at 12:30 and we were taken upstairs to our table, only to learn that the previous diners at that table were still there. WHAT? So we were seated temporarily at the bar. ??!! After 5 minutes or so, we were led back downstairs to a table that truly was vacant and ready. How did that mixup happen?
Great experience. The staff were very fr ...
Great experience. The staff were very friendly. We had all dressed up in 1920s clothes for our friends bday and the first thing they did was change the music in the restaurant to 1920s style. The food was amazing and the waiter even tried out our 20s slang. For college students the place was a bit expensive but well worth it. We will definitely be going back.
The pasta was delicious and cooked al de ...
The pasta was delicious and cooked al dente. The veal Parmesan was disappointing. It was overcooked and the sauce was slightly burned. I believe that it was made too far in advance and kept warm at too high a heat.
I called ahead to place our order since ...
I called ahead to place our order since were pressed for time. The server had our table waiting and our appetizers ready almost immediately after receiving our drinks. The only disappointment was that when I had made the reservation I noted that we were celebrating a birthday and it was never recognized.
Nice environment for a business lunch. ...
Nice environment for a business lunch. We were a later lunch so the conversation was easy to keep to ourselves. Seat positioning would make it more difficult if more people were in the restaurant. I would recommend another place for a private business meal. Otherwise the lunch was very good with excellent service.
First time at the Market Square restaura ...
First time at the Market Square restaurant. I live in the South Hills and have been going to that location for years. Food was sub-par compared to Original restaurant. Was surprised by the mediocre Mussels that were served.
Liked the location and the atmosphere. Service was generally good but for prices should have been great.
I was worried when I heard that Il Pizza ...
I was worried when I heard that Il Pizzaiolo had changed its name to Pizzaiolo Primo, but my waiter assured me that everything was the same...until I asked about the appetizers and he said that they'd changed the arancini. I asked if they were vegetarian and he answered that they started putting "a little bit of chicken stock in the rice". This was just the type of thing I was worried about. Also, they were out of burrata, so this left vegetarians with few options for appetizers. Overall, this was quite disappointing. The service was a little abrupt as well. I wouldn't recommend a visit on a Saturday night.
Very enjoyable evening, as we were enter ...
Very enjoyable evening, as we were entertaining out of town guests who got the feel of Pittsburgh and a great meal. Was surprised to find out that they are no longer associated with Il Pizzaiolo but glad that they live up to their reputation.
every time i go, even though it costs mo ...
every time i go, even though it costs more than i'd like to spend, i am happy. there are no bad dishes. if there's better Italian food in Pittsburgh, whether pizza, pasta, or protein, i haven't found it. save up your pennies and spend them here! P.S. when i went with an elderly friend, the restaurant was more than happy to seat us downstairs.
The food and atmosphere are good but the ...
The food and atmosphere are good but the prices are very high. I went there for lunch and thought I was looking at the dinner menu. Most lunches were priced at $20.00 or more. My friend and I split a 4-piece thin crust sausage and mozzarella pizza priced at $18.00. It was good but I have had pizza on the Isle of Capri for less.
We had a very good meal. The portions a ...
We had a very good meal. The portions are very generous - we probably could have shared an entrée - but both were very good and we used the leftovers for lunches. We had a wonderful waiter - very friendly. My only 'knock' is that the noise level is high because there is not much in the way of insulating materials. But overall a terrific experience that I would highly recommend.
Service was stellar! Menu selections va ...
Service was stellar! Menu selections varied and interesting. Food quality very good. Although, I ordered the Salmon salad and the fish was charred on outside but very wet inside. I prefer fish that is not within the shushi-type texture. Otherwise, everything was fresh and delicious.
The food was very good in quality and pr ...
The food was very good in quality and preparation, but also very pricey. They were out of several items as well. If I were planning on spending this much money, I might select a different restaurant in the future.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience. M ...
Overall, it was a pleasant experience. My wife had Eggplant and said it was excellent. We both had salads, and they too, were very good. Only negative was that the pizza that I ordered was cold. It tasted as though it was "standing" for a bit while waiting for the eggplant to be ready. I would however, recommend the restaurant.
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