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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!
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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
Our server, Gina, was extremely friendly and informative with the menu, daily specials, wine and beer selection. Our meal started with a deliciously fresh caprese salad that we shared. For our entrees we ordered the gnocchi and a pizza with arugula and prosciutto, both were fantastic. We enjoyed a great meal with a fun and friendly staff, highly recommended.
The host staff were very friendly upon arrival for our reservation and my wife and I were seated right away. Overall, we enjoyed the rustic appearance and atmosphere of the restaurant.
Arancini - the fried risotto balls were very well prepared. The crust locked in heat and the rice and cheese were gooey. The marinara that accompanied was nice.
Cocktails - my wife and I had no complaints on their cocktail and wine offerings.
Cannoli - the cream had a hint of orange zest with pistachios on one end and chocolate chips on the other. Not the best we've ever had but definitely not the worst. We enjoyed sharing it after dinner.
The not so good:
Prosciutto arugula pizza - this was priced at $21 but we would value it at half that. We picked off most of the arugula as it did not mesh well with the prosciutto which lacked in substance and flavor.
Service - service was slow and lacked attention. Drinks took quite a while to come from the bar. We could've gotten up and walked over five feet to get them on our own much quicker. The waiter did not realize that our Arancini appetizer had not shown up in a timely manner, as well, and just seemed to shrug it off without a care.
I think we would give this place another shot and that we would try one of the pasta dishes instead to get a more broad food sampling and hope for more "caring" service. If it ends up being like our previous visit then we would likely not return. It was not a poor experience, but the value and service just wouldn't make it worthwhile.
The food was the best part of our dining experience, especially the homemade wedding soup, best I've had in Pittsburgh, the "Ground Zero" of wedding soup. Friends also enjoyed the fresh pasta and the pizza with rapini, though I thought it was short of both rapini and sausage. However, the waiter was both nonchalant and inexperienced. He tried to serve a bottle of Nero D'Avola right out of the refrigerated wine cooler. We rejected it and the manager thankfully found another bottle. We will go back but I prefer the daytime atmosphere over nighttime dining when the television is too present in the main area.
Excellent service, not rushed environment, knowledgeable waiter. Food was very good. Had great salads as appetizer and mussels. Special pasta of shrimp fra diablo was excellent and well proportioned and not all pasta. Chicken scarpariello was very good even though it was not chicken on the bone.
This is the second time I have bee to this restaurant. This is nice restaurant located in Market Square and is adjacent to the Cultural District, The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. The service was very good and accommodating. And the food and wines were wonderful.
We have seen this place many times and decided to give it a try. We were disappointed.
The salads were okay, but brown edged lettuce was not what we wanted. Drinks were okay, but on the pricey side. The real bummer was the Margherita Pizza. A soggy crust and lack of basil made it less than mediocre. Service was good, but not outstanding.
First time diner. We had a great experience. Our server Jeremy was very helpful with the wine selection and was a great waiter. We had salads and pizza. They have a great selection of pizzas and it was hard to decide! The pizza arrived steaming hot and it was yummy!!! Would highly recommend this dining spot.
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.
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