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Pizzaiolo

Pizza Place, Donut Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Temescal, Oakland
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  • David O.
    David OkuboSeptember 3, 2016
    this place is exceptional. the food is inventive and the atmosphere is always lively and fun. bring a date, a group of friends, work colleagues: the food will really elevate your evening out.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyNovember 22, 2015
    Get the gin and tonic and pizza with nettles or chanterelles. Everything is so damn good. Get in when they first open, no need to be picky about when you eat, just get in when you can.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • John W.
    John WFebruary 20, 2016
    If you like to be tempted by luscious baked goods (spicy cheese croissants?!), sit yo ass here. Otherwise solid brunch fare. Come early for a fresh-baked-warm loaf of heaven for $10 (half for $5).
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurJanuary 28, 2016
    Ingredients are locally sourced to create dishes like pizza with wild mushrooms and gremolata, and swordfish with fried potatoes and romesco sauce. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it. Read more
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedJune 23, 2014
    Arrive exactly when it opens to get a seat in the patio, or else sit at the bar where full menu is served. Can't go wrong with any of the pizzas or the salmon.
  • Of a Kind
    Of a KindJuly 27, 2012
    Local jewelry designer, Lauren Wolf, is a big fan of this spot featuring local food (and great pizza!) Check out exclusive designs by Lauren on ofakind.com. Don't miss out! Read more
  • Amy B.
    Amy BueApril 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Absolutely everything on the menu (which changes daily) is fantastic. If you're lucky enough to come on a night they have sformata, get it. Get five. And order a vodka tonic- their tonic's house-made!
  • Erin T.
    Erin TaoSeptember 21, 2013
    I'm a glute-tard who willingly subjects herself to inevitable pain and suffering for their pizza + pasta. It's that good. Pro tip: if you love pork, you'll want anything with guanciale in it.
  • Bart D.
    Bart DennyAugust 6, 2014
    Lively interior, awesome patio out the back. Very good Italian style crust, very good olive oil available as well. In the trendy Temescal
  • Mimbres A.
    Good cappuccino coffee and delicious quiche in the morning. Wonderful pastries and not to forget the toasted bread with avocado and extra virgin olive oil
  • Slice Pizza Blog
    Slice Pizza BlogAugust 20, 2011
    The window for the Wild Nettle and Pecorino pie is limited, but the combination of grassy nettles with salty Pecorino and creamy, buttery, almost-nutty mozzarella is killer when it's in season. Read more
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LAugust 22, 2014
    Menu changes daily. Nothing disappoints; homemade bread is great (better than Tartine's). Can't go wrong with pizza, and drinks are well-balanced.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WintnerSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Morning coffee service is awesome... great coffee, homemade treats and a smile. Definitely not the spot if you're in a rush, though.
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    Most exciting pizzas in Oakland, so two of my favorite things. Should really go on a warm summer night when they've got an outdoor movie playing on the back patio.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WhiteApril 4, 2013
    Homemade tonic makes the Gin & Tonic one of the best I've had. Don't miss it.
  • Adelin C.
    Adelin CaiMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything is delicious here. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, I now get their tonic (no alcohol) with each meal for $4. Every time it's just a little bit different.
  • Maria D.
    Maria DiazJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Four barrel and buttery pastries in the morning. Super strong cold brew. Great place to start your day.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussDecember 28, 2015
    Pizza's are delicious but this not Burger King -- you have accept the pies as they are, you can't have them your way.
  • Olivia H.
    Olivia HartingSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit at the bar and get to know the amazing, dynamic and very friendly bartenders. They are rock stars!
  • James H.
    James HahnJuly 24, 2013
    People are sore nice here. Some of the best service I've had in a long time. Good it's great too.
  • Olivia H.
    Olivia HaywardAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza is fab. So are the drinks and desserts! Love sitting on the back patio.
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Please, you must have bourbon and their house made tonic. Do it. I am telling you!
  • Tillman P.
    Tillman PearceOctober 17, 2015
    Rigatoni is great and wood burning grilled bread is fantastic. Can't go wrong!
  • Becca H.
    Becca HOctober 8, 2015
    Pizza is amazing. Bread with sesame in the crust and butter is also amazing.
  • Devin S.
    Devin SandozJuly 31, 2016
    Everything is delicious but the homemade tonic + gin and the pizzas are out of this area code good.
  • Bryan Y.
    Bryan YaskoJuly 4, 2013
    Wow, this place is nuts. Sand Nabs, Salmon, Beets, Sausage., Movies on the big screen. Ask for the hot sauce
  • Gina
    GinaMarch 20, 2010
    One of my favorite restaurants in O-Town. Alice Waters-trained chef, simple ingredients with complex flavors, amazing pizzas….never had a bad meal here! Read more
  • Becca H.
    Becca HOctober 8, 2015
    Potato, pancetta with more stuff on it is absolutely amazing.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonJuly 24, 2015
    I know you're about to get doughy pizza, but get the bread...it's worth it!
  • Sas M.
    Sas MontiMarch 26, 2014
    Get the pasta Arrabiata it is delicious!
  • scamper r.
    scamper robinsonJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The secret: go out back! The inside is a circus, but the back is open, quiet, and warm.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MyerhoffOctober 26, 2009
    Mange on the woodfired pizza with nettles and tequila based cocktails along w/ East Bay hipsters and foodies. So far my experience tells me that anything on the menu is a "go."
  • savoryexposure.com
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    Don't skip dessert and the delicious Blue Bottle Coffee that can be served with it
  • Seth T.
    Seth ThompsonJanuary 6, 2015
    Roasted Potato pizza with the wood fired pizza is a combination worth stopping in!!!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 4, 2011
    Get the whiskey beverage (but ask for Black Maple Hill bourbon).
  • EM H.
    EM H.April 19, 2016
    Green goddess dressing is so good!! I want to put it on everything!
  • Bob L.
    Bob LeeSeptember 19, 2011
    Great pizzas and pasta. Same owner as Boot and Shoe and less of a Mission District type crowd.
  • Kesten M.
    Kesten MigdalFebruary 9, 2010
    Get there at 8am on the weekday to get Blue Bottle coffee, killer pastries, and free Wi-Fi. Nice break from the office.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MartinDecember 8, 2016
    Food, amazing as usual but service was subpar. Felt like our waitress Katie or however she spells it was rushing us and didn't care at all. I didn't even get the coffee I ordered after our meal.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Technically not in SF, this is one of our top 3 pizzas in the bay. Opened by ex-Chez Panisse alums. Service is almost alarmingly attentive. Boot & Shoe is the sister restaurant but isn't as good.
  • Lee S.
    Lee ScharfDecember 5, 2010
    Everything was amazing but the Rigatoni with Pork Ragu is especially ridiculous!!!
  • Lee R.
    Lee R.September 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great pizza the Italian way. Yummy green salad too.
  • Erica B.
    Erica BurnettSeptember 7, 2014
    Add arugula and a farm egg to your pizza. And save room for the panna cotta!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    They had us at Black Eyed Peas from the wood burning oven. Why didn’t our mama’s turnips taste that good growing up?
  • Jason J.
    Jason JamesJuly 30, 2014
    Another Chez Panisse alum, this time creating Cal-politan pizzas with tender blistered crusts.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimOctober 6, 2014
    Watched a Muhammed Ali documentary in the back outdoor area one night.
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YokotaJuly 24, 2012
    Try the Buttermilk Donut - With cafe americano
  • Russell L.
    Russell LJuly 21, 2015
    Eat late and you might luck out and be offered a loaf of bread!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 4, 2011
    Get the gin and homemade tonic. Amazing.
  • Dayyan L.
    Dayyan LordJanuary 16, 2014
    The Jerusalem salad is amazing!
  • patrick h.
    patrick hookerFebruary 28, 2010
    best tripe I have ever had. Tomato sauce and gorgonzola in a carzuela....soooo goood...
  • savoryexposure.com
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    Pizzaiolo updates their menu daily before their doors open online at pizzaiolooakland.com
  • cynthia w.
    cynthia wangAugust 24, 2013
    Pizza! and buttermilk panna cotta.
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PollackSeptember 8, 2013
    The gazpacho right now is off the hook
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanApril 14, 2016
    Recommended by the official Paulie Gee from Greenpoint in NYC!!
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.January 5, 2014
    get the pizza. duh
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BaileyMay 20, 2011
    Yeah it's a pizza place... Have the fried chicken. You won't regret it.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Kim Alter, chef of Plum, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Wild nettles & pecorino pizza. Read more
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamAugust 8, 2014
    Just about everything
  • Leslie W.
    Leslie WuMay 4, 2015
    I didn't like the pizza that much (too much like naan)
  • colin s.
    colin sNovember 11, 2015
    Waited in line for 10 minutes for coffee. It's good but not that good
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WuJuly 19, 2016
    Was really excited to try this place. Had an 8pm reservation. 30 min later still hadn't been seated. Too bad they don't honor their reservations :-/
  • Leslie P.
    Leslie PaveNovember 14, 2011
    Perfect in the AM with house-made donuts
  • Gretchen K.
    Gretchen KorsmoJanuary 27, 2013
    There is a chicken coop out back.
  • Dave S.
    Dave S.November 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Fourbarrel coffee in the mornings!
  • Rod C.
    Rod CJanuary 21, 2012
    Pizza is good but not amazing. Back room smells like wet dish rags.
  • Sebastien S.
    Sebastien SahucAugust 6, 2014
    Amazing dough
  • Roger B.
    Roger BarresSeptember 20, 2014
    That coffee!
  • Marshall S.
    Breakfast sandwich
  • jason m.
    jason mooreAugust 4, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop in before noon Monday - Saturday and enjoy their donuts and coffee. Make sure you bring cash....
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonOctober 29, 2016
    Top quality carbs
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Pizzaiolo as seen on Pizza Cuz Read more
  • patrick h.
    patrick hookerApril 7, 2010
    had the meatballs AND oven roasted calamari last night...so freakin' good...
  • Ed G.
    Ed GNovember 19, 2010
    Hot tip of the day... Lake for Mayor of Pizzaiolo.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJune 28, 2015
    Hipster pizza
  • D Ki K.
    D Ki KatoFebruary 28, 2012
    Try the Donuts
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonJuly 24, 2015
    Put an egg on it.
  • colin s.
    colin sNovember 11, 2015
    Understaffed and slow in the mornings
  • Abe M.
    Abe MirrashidiSeptember 2, 2009
    get the meatballs, if available.
  • Green K.
    Green KoziNovember 8, 2009
    new Orleans buck- so good
  • Tara d.
    Tara de GuzmanJune 4, 2009
    Go to Pizzaiolo and try the wood fired pizza
  • Tests C.
    Tests CasetsDecember 21, 2011
    wi-fi network: pizzaiolo-guest wi-fi password: meatball - via 4sqwifi.com
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