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jimilady Jun 13, 2006 10:21 AM

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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    T. Pigeon Jun 13, 2006 11:35 AM

    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
      romafan Jun 13, 2006 02:20 PM

      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 Jun 13, 2006 03:00 PM

        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.

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      Biglew Apr 2, 2009 04:19 PM

      I just thought the Pizza was cheap and delicious

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        jon462 Apr 2, 2009 09:13 PM

        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.

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          funniduck Apr 3, 2009 10:20 AM

          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?

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            small h Dec 15, 2009 06:37 PM

            Attention, budget-minded people! After seeing Piola in the "free food" section of winedanddined.com, 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.

            1. teresa Dec 15, 2009 07:02 PM

              I enjoy Piola because they have such an extensive list of pizzas. They have unlimited pizza on Sundays for $14 (I believe). You get a little card with red and green and you flip it to red when you're done. Since their menu is so extensive, they will pick like 10 pizzas that they'll be serving that day and you can pick from the list. My favorite so far is the Brooklyn. Maybe because it has gorgonzola. Yum!

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