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Jan 1, 2008 08:53 AM

Piola (Arlington)

Has anyone been to Piola in Rosslyn? I just tried to make a reservation and the woman who answered the phone could only say "I no speak english." She answered saying "Piola" - so I had the right number. Are they for real?

I'm hoping other chowhounds have had good experiences there....

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  1. It is a chain, which always makes me leery. The reviews I have read have been mixed.

    I have not been, so this is all clearly hearsay.

    1. I think it's good but not great. There's a good variety of pizzas. The pizzas are solid but not my favorite in the area. The amount of toppings you get can be very inconsistent and random. But there are some unusual combos you might not have thought of.

      They also have a monthly gnocchi night, which is a cool idea, even if the gnocchi itself isn't overwhelming:

      1. Been three times in NoVA. I knew Piola from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and been to their branch in New York as well. It's from Italy with locations in big South American cities with Italian populations. I wouldn't call it a chain like Pizza Hut is a chain, it's more like a concept with locations in various cities.

        I like pizzas without sauce, so some of their specialties such as the Copenhagen (lox and white pizza) appeal to me. Sette Bello, up Wilson Blvd. in Clarendon, has a better bar vibe, while their pizzas are about equal to Piola's. I say try it and see if you like it. The pizza isn't New York style, just be warned.

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        1. re: jkosnett

          I agree with you on the chain but not a chain issue. It is, after all, an Italian chain. I think the pizza is pretty good and tastes authentic to me. They have Neopolitan style and thinner, northern Italian-style crust as well. I do find some of the topping combinations bizarre, given that it's an Italian chain. But then I see some pretty non-traditional things in Italy nowdays, too.

          Not as good as 2 Amys, but a whole lot more convenient for us NoVa residents. Far better than Pie Tanza (or however they spell it), which I don't find at all authentic.

        2. It is pretty good, but won't knock your socks off. Decent quality decent prices. Thin crust pizza with a good variety of toppings. I still prefer Faccia Luna for a good pizza in the area.

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