Pizzaiolo Restaurant Review, Oakland

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com


5008 Telegraph Ave (Between 51st and 50th St)

Oakland, CA 94609


Pizzaiolo Website

Pizzaiolo Oakland Exterior

Pizzaiolo opened in 2005 and has been packing them in for pizza since. The Chef-Owner used to work at Chez Panisse.

Pizzaiolo Oakland Interior

Decor, Vibe – Dimly lite, exposed brick with lots of wooden booths. Hipsters in their 30’s, couples, and a couple families were eating.

Menu Pictures

Pizzaiolo Oakland Menu 1

Wine List

Pizzaiolo Oakland Menu 4


Pizzaiolo Oakland Menu 3

Cocktail Menu

Pizzaiolo Oakland Menu 2

Dessert Menu

Website menu


Pizzaiolo Oakland Annabelles Chicories Salad

Annabelle’s Chicories ($9) with persimmons, walnuts & gorgonzola was a very good salad. Some bitter greens balanced with fruit, cheese, and a light dressing.

Pizzaiolo Oakland Margeherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza ($13) was a classic pizza with very good cheese and very thin crust. Crust was just right when it arrived, but it got soft after about 5 minutes. Flavor was very good. Size was pretty good.

Pizzaiolo Oakland Rapini Housemade sausage Pizza

Rapini & Housemade sausage Pizza ($17) was heavily flavored by the Broccoli rabi. Crust was similiar to the other pizza. Make sure you like broccolli. You can always add Sausage to another pizza instead.

Pizzaiolo Oakland Mojito

Mojito cocktail ($9) was strong and well balanced. One of the better ones around.


Pizzaiolo Oakland Pasta con le sarde

Pasta con le sarde ($14) was well cooked al dente pasta with sardines. Tiny bones, very buttery. Good but the pizza overshadows this.


Pizzaiolo’s service was adequate but not as attentive as we expected. Servers were pretty casual. The pizza here is the draw and it is good. The Margherita pizza was better at Gialani in San Francisco.
Be sure to make a reservation as a line is present before they open. Glasses of wine start at $6.50, with bottles from a reasonable $16.
Bakesale Betty is down the block. Be sure to visit them before your meal.

Pizzaiolo on Urbanspoon

Pizzaiolo Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Hours:Mon-Th 530-10pm, Fri-Sat 530-1030pm
Prices:$10 - $24
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Posted on November 25th, 2008
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