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Jun 29, 2006 03:42 PM

first time pizzaiolo

Inspired by yesterday's review, my husband and I made the trek to Oakland from our Solano Ave. neighborhood to try it out. We are die hard cheeseboard and Lo Coco's fans for our pizza, but we were impressed. We got there around 6:30 and sat down immediately at the bar. We ordered the sparkling rose and a white burgundy ($10/glass seemed a lot but...) and then got into the menu. My husband ordered the beet and avocado salad and proclaimed it a great mix of flavors. We then ordered the Margherita with buffalo mozz. and the arugula and prosciutto pizzas and the sweet corn polenta. It was all quite good. The crust was crispy, even with the relative wetness on the buffalo pizza. There was a bit of spice in both. The service was attentive. We had plenty left over to take home, but we had wanted to try several things during our first trip, so that was ok. Bill was about $90 which was a little high I thought. Overall, it was good, but I wouldn't make the trek again. I would go back if I happened to be in that neighborhood already.

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  1. >We ordered the sparkling rose and a white burgundy ($10/glass seemed a lot but...)

    Were those wines as generic as your description, in which case $10/glass is pretty rediculous. Say it isn't so...

    >Bill was about $90 which was a little high I thought

    $90 for two individual pizzas, one salad, two glasses of generic wine. Am I missing something here?

    1. Wow that does sound like a pretty steep bill. We had two pizzas (one with extra toppings), a bottle of wine, two sides, one dessert and one glass of dessert wine and our total bill was a little over $100.

      1. Looks to me like:

        $ 9.50 sparkling cremant
        $10 white burgundy
        $ 9 salad
        $15 margherita w/buffalo mozz.
        $16? arugula & prosciutto
        $ 5 polenta

        With tax and tip, $80.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          With tax and tip our bill came to 85.50. I rounded up to about 90 as I didn't have the receipt in front of me. I think being within $5 is acceptable...

        2. Wow...I ate there with 5 others last Friday--we ordered A LOT of food (salad, beef tongue, stuffed squash blossoms, 2 pizzas, 3 desserts), in addition to a bottle of rose champagne, AND a bottle of the first red Austrian wine I've ever had (a pinot)--the final bill (including tax/gratuity), I kid you not, came to $54/per person. The food was exeptional by the way.

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          1. re: CubanPunkInEmeryville

            I agree. I have eaten several times here and loved it every time. The first time was with 3 other people and our bill was about $80. We all had lots of food, drinks, and fun. Love this place!

          2. i ate here once. the wait was pretty long on a tuesday evening, the bartend(ril) was a dunce, our server was so full of attitude that we laughed/cringed every time she left our table, and the food was very good. would i return? maybe, but not for a long time. why don't places like this get their customer service training down before they let their young, hip and obnoxious staff loose on paying customers? probably because they don't have to since people are willing to patronize a restaurant that has good food whether they're treated well or not.

            4 Replies
            1. re: lacerise

              I would put up with a lot for Pizzaiolo's food, but everybody who's waited on us has been really nice.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                My sentiments exactly. I've been three times now and the service has actually been exceptional. On my last visit, our charming waitress joked with my friends and I for several minutes and was more than happy to explain the available wines.


                1. re: Gerard

                  They had some problems with service in the past which they have fixed with staffing changes. While posts complaining about service were once common, these days the only complaints I hear are from folks who ate there months ago and haven't returned. Unfortunately, M Bauer had one of their problem waiters twice which explains their dismal 1.5 star service rating.

                  1. re: Morton the Mousse

                    The wood oven's a bottleneck. Nothing the waiters can do about that. Who's in a hurry?