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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pizzaiolo Primo Ratings and Reviews
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.
Excellent pasta and pizza in a beautiful ...
Excellent pasta and pizza in a beautiful restaurant located in a vibrant part of downtown. The only issue was the extremely slow service. The food arrived hot so I assume the kitchen is backed up as the cause. Otherwise a great experience!
I really liked the restaurant but we wer ...
I really liked the restaurant but we were upstairs and not only were there a lot of stairs, they were difficult to climb. I didn't feel safe climbing the stairs. I think the individual steps were placed too far apart. The downstairs dining area was extremely small. Although the food was amazing; I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone with mobility issues or elderly unless they are able to get a table downstairs or outside on the patio.
Everything about our experience at Pizza ...
Everything about our experience at Pizzaiolo Primo was excellent! We shared numerous dishes, including the arancini and polpette appetizers. Both were very good, freshly made, and were generous portions. We also shared a salsiccia pizza - the crust was thin, light, and crispy, and the sauce and ingredients were fresh. We also shared two entrees: the agnolotti and pollo parmigiano. The agnolotti was delicious, with freshly made pasta and stuffed with braised beef (so good)! We also shared cannoli for dessert. The dessert menu was small, and could have had a few more options.
Our meal was delicious and our service was very good. Our waitress spaced our dishes well, and we had plenty of time to eat and enjoy the outdoor terrace area. We travel and dine out often, and this is easily one of the top Italian restaurants we have ever been to. Very authentic, fresh Italian food.
This restaurant was always one of our fa ...
This restaurant was always one of our favorites. However, our experience this time was terrible. It was a Tuesday night and not overly crowded. We ordered our meal with a glass of wine each. The table next to us ordered their meals at least 10 minutes after us. However, they got their meals before us and oddly were served the exact same meals and wine that we ordered. We then proceeded to sit for another 20 minutes to wait for our meals. My meal was correct, but my husband's was completely wrong (he ordered pasta with sausage and was served lasagna). Never once did our waiter come over to apologize for the obvious mix up of meals. It took another 15 minutes for my husband's meal to come to only have the sausage be raw. We are hoping that it was just the poor service and not a reflection of the direction that the restaurant is headed.
Great Lunch Spot!! We had a great time a ...
Great Lunch Spot!! We had a great time and experience for a retirement lunch! Our food was quick, delicious, and perfectly prepared. All our pizzas were delicious with 4 different pizzas! The one salad ordered was fresh and ver well prepared!!
My wife and I went to Pizzaiolo with goo ...
My wife and I went to Pizzaiolo with good friends - we both have anniversaries pretty close to each other so it was a joint celebration. The food, wine, service, and ambiance were excellent. I've been there for lunch but this was our first sit-down dinner and we definitely recommend Pizzaiolo. If you are downtown and feeling like top notch Italian food and wine, go here!
Recommended to us when we visited Pittsb ...
Recommended to us when we visited Pittsburgh. Located in the Market District which is a very energetic area with many bars and restaurants. This restaurant has very good food but the service was spotty. Our waiter was a young man who seemed somewhat in outer space. Had to ask twice for our wine order, we never received our appetizer even after we mentioned it to him. I think one problem with the service is that we placed the order with one person and a different person delivered the drinks and a third person delivered the meal. Seems like more room for error with this method. The food was good and I would probably return now that I would be prepared for the service lapse.
An Italian restaurant that an Italian goes to
As a first generation Italian, I am very picky about which Italian restaurants to spend my money at. Pizzaiolo Primo in Market Square is one of them. The food is very good - not cheap but worth it. The pizzas are authentic and their pasta dishes (great sauce) too. We had a Margherita pizza, Rigatoni w/meatballs and Chitarra pasta w/lamb. All was devoured. My son said the meatballs were as good as Nonni's and that is true. If you like burrata ask them for it... it's not on the menu and they run out early. The fact that you can book on Opentable is great. If you haven't been here, take a chance. You will love it.
Hostess gave priority to non-Open Table Reserv.
I have gone to Pizzaiolo Primo for business lunches for several years.
Unfortunately on my most recent visit and on arrival the hostess sat my party in the most crowded, small space and table. When I asked for another table, the hostess told me other tables had reservations. When asked why my OpenTable reservation could not use one of the tables with adequate space the hostess told me the restaurant process for seating would not allow.
When I mentioned that I frequent the restaurant for years for business lunches and had not had this issue in the past, the hostess became argumentative and indifferent.
I strongly recommend Nola or Sienna On The Square which are much more customer service-oriented venues in Market Square.
Fall from grace
Not sure what's going on but nothing hit quite as good as it has in the past. Despite the fact that I had a reservation, hostess wouldn't give me a good table because the good tables were all "reserved." Meanwhile, the one we asked for sat empty the entire time we were there. Asked for the caesar salad lightly dressed and it came out drenched. Got the gnocchi and it was good but nothing special. But really, the worst offense was the hostess treating us second-rate. Part of me wondered if it was because it was two women dining together. Usually I'm there with my husband. Wonder if I would've got better service if I was with a man instead of being plunked down at the least desirable table int he middle of there restaurant.
I went here for my anniversary and this ...
I went here for my anniversary and this was my second time coming here. The food the first time was phenomenal, my girlfriend had the chicken parm and it was very good, I had the pizza which was very good. The second time though it seems like it was completely different place. The food was bland. We got an order of calamari and it wasn't fried long enough and the calamari was still very chewy. We both got the chicken parm and it tasted like it was microwaved chicken. It was horrendous. For the price of the place I would rather it not be a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type restaurant.
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