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Jun 13, 2006 10:21 AM


  • j

I finally tried Piola on 12th street between Broadway and University the other night and I'm hooked! This is as close to Italy as it gets, even though it's a chain from South America (go figure!). The crust is thin, baked in a fire (or it tastes like it). Everything about these pizzas is subtle -- not smothered in sauce and cheese and toppings -- and their selections are endless. Everything's so fresh! I recommend the one with the prosciutto and arugula, and the one with spicy soppressata, mozzarella and gorgonzola. I've made it my goal to try all of them!

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  1. Actually, you are not correct. Piola is an Italian company. I know because we have had Piola down in South Beach, where I live for years. It is a common misconception that it is Brazilian run. There are many Brazilians who operate the restaurants though.

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    1. re: T. Pigeon

      You're both right (I think). While the chain is Italian-owned, it is primarily located in South America. Pizzas are good. It is our 'go-to' place when we head out w/ our three-year olds - they love it.

      1. re: romafan
        Anon this time

        I agree that the food is good there, but I must admit to being turned off (slightly nauseated) by a couple of the servers -- multiple facial piercings, tattoos and unpleasant body odor. Makes for a less than enjoyable experience IMO.

    2. I just thought the Pizza was cheap and delicious

      1. if you are a crunch member or student (or just happen to have a student ID) you get quite a discount if i recall about 15-20%. Not too shabby.

        1. Their pizza is really good. The front bar gets too crowded sometimes (happy hour), so I always ask for a table in the back. We've always had their pizza though. I don't suppose anyone can comment on the rest of their menu?

          1. Attention, budget-minded people! After seeing Piola in the "free food" section of, I cruised by tonight for happy hour. The OP is grievously mistaken about it being "as close to Italy as it gets" (um, no). But it is an excellent choice for happy hour, if you like eating lots of free food, enjoying reasonably priced drinks, and being treated well while you do so. The second I parked myself at the bar, the servers greeted me warmly and set me up with a glass of water and a plate of hard boiled eggs and marinated artichoke slices. I ordered a Bombay Sapphire martini. They countered with pizza, bruschetta, guacamole and chips, curried chicken and rice (not my thing, but it looked fine), olives, fresh mozzarella and tomato, and spinach on pita. I ate, they replenished. I ordered a Peroni, they replenished some more. Give these folks some love. It's not the awesome-est food experience you'll ever have, but Piola is providing a valuable service, and for that they should be rewarded.