About Pizzaiolo Primo
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pizzaiolo Primo Ratings and Reviews
It was my boyfriends birthdday dinner and valentines day dinner! It was DELICIOUS, we both had a wonderful time. However they were out of bread that was a little dissapointing but the food being so amazing made up for it! This is our fave dinner spot I highly reccomend!
I've enjoyed the main Mount Lebanon location many times, so I was happy to try their relatively new downtown location in Market Square. They both have the same menu, and the food was pretty consistent with the very good quality of the original, although perhaps just a shade less attention given to the marinara which lacked the just-right hint of sweetness of the original. The space is also very nice with a big room with very high ceiling opening onto the square on the ground level, and another large slightly quieter dining room on the second floor (both were very lively), similar to the main room in Mount Lebanon, but nothing as cozy as the wine bar or rear patio of the original.
I've had both excellent and mediocre experiences here. The upstairs ambiance is much better than downstairs where tables are crowded into small space and under terrible fluorescent lighting. The upstairs is more romantic for a date and great for a large get together like a birthday dinner or other celebration. Service has been great at times and other times just average.
Pizzaiolo Primo is excellent! We went for dinner on Valentine's Day. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted and the greeter is very energetic and happy. The waiter, Mark, was amazing! Very nice and knew about everything on the menu. The food was outstanding. They give you huge portions and everything is fresh. Pizzaiolo Primo is amazing!
I was not impressed. For spending $107 + tip on an appetizer, pizza, pasta dish, and two drinks I was expecting better service. All places I've been to where pizza is a highlight provide plates for you and guest to share. Not this one. Well at least not for us. The table to our left was given plates. When asked for one (and the forgotten sauce) the server gave us the smallest one he could find which clearly didn't fit a slice of pizza on it. The bill was quickly placed on the table, retrieved, and placed back for signature without any words of gratitude. The acts felt like, "Hey thanks for you money. See ya." Not my bang. The food was good. I will add that.
I have business lunches here regularly and just started booking through open table. It's a perfect break from the typical steak house white tablecloth over priced fried chicken salad lunch atmosphere. The food is creative and the menu is diverse. The atmosphere is lighter and more conversational. A true gem. Everyone I've dined with has loved it.
Also, one of the best happy hours in the Square. The glass pours of their best wines up-stairs is great for an after work unwind as well.
We picked this restaurant as it was in Market Square and walking distance from our downtown hotel (William Penn) and safe to get to at night. Other reviews indicated that it was very noisy, which it was, but it was a lot of fun and we enjoyed it. We were seated in the upstairs dining room. Our server, Jeremy, was prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. He gave us good advice on the various menu selections. He came back several times during our meal to check on us and always with a smile on his face; making us feel very welcome. The special for the evening was a lasagna dish and my husband said it was the best lasagna he'd eaten in a long time. The homemade noodles were delicious. I had the Pappardelle Funghi with Wild Mushrooms, Pancetta, Cream, Parmigiano, and White Wine. We shared a tiramsu for dessert that was very good. (not outstanding, but still very satisfying). We would try it again sometime and would recommend.
Pizzaiolo Primo is a hidden gem in Downtown Pittsburgh! Conveniently located in Market Square, step directly off the streets of Pittsburgh into this truly Italian oasis. From the meatballs to the wood-fired pizzas to the fresh pasta dishes, let this restaurant take you into an Italian kitchen for a meal that you won't soon forget! Come for the great food and spirits, but stay and come back again for the exceptional service and great atmosphere! Thank you Pizzaiolo Primo - we can't wait to see you again soon!
Every time we have been there the hostess greats us like we are interrupting her. Never a "welcome" always something else. Always multiple people at the door. The host/hostess is the first impression of a restaurant and can set the mood whether positive or negative. While the mgr or owner stopped at the table twice he never told the employees (3-4)gathered right behind our table to move along. While the food and service were good, small things take a restaurant from OK to a good place for repeat dinning.
Good menu selection, good wine and beer selection. Bartender made very good drinks. We will continue to go there occasionally but management needs to address the small issues.
Love the menu and food. Although I most often visit for lunch with colleagues, it typically requires a longer lunch, I typically forget this and then I'm frustrated when lunch takes longer than anticipated. Plan accordingly. Service and food delivery are slow; on this trip I was halfway finished with my pizza before the waiter returned and I could ask him for crushed red pepper, which was available but not offered. Starbucks is next door if you aren't offered coffee.
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 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 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 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?
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