Pizzaiolo

Row 1

Details
5008 Telegraph Ave (at 51st St)
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 652-4888
Pizza, Donuts, Coffee Shop
$ $
Hours
Mon–Fri: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM–10:30 PM

Pizzaiolo founder Charlie Hallowell was raised in suburban Connecticut on a modest diet of TV dinners and Chef Boyardee. As Pizzaiolo’s website explains, through some completely unexplainable, miraculous twist of fate, he found himself working in the Chez Panisse kitchen, where, for the first time, he felt engaged and enlivened by his job, and the intellectual life that permeated the culture there.

After eight years, Hallowell set out on his own, determined to make sure that about 98 percent of the time he would buy only locally grown, organic, seasonal meat and produce (he uses organic flour milled in Oakland), sourced from small farmers and ranchers he trusts.

Pizzaiolo changes the menu daily to reflect what they’re getting, so nailing down a signature pie is tough (the Margherita is one of their most popular, and there’s a marinara), but with ingredients like potato, pancetta, summer squash, rapini, wild nettles, and gremolata, and add-ons like house-made sausage, Calabrian peppers, and farm egg, you can be sure any of the seven other pies will feature interesting combos. Pro tip: Swing by in the morning and you may be able to score one of the city’s most underrated doughnuts

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Go to Pizzaiolo and try the wood fired pizza
  • 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.
  • wi-fi network: pizzaiolo-guest wi-fi password: meatball - via 4sqwifi.com
  • Get the whiskey beverage (but ask for Black Maple Hill bourbon).
  • 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.
  • The secret: go out back! The inside is a circus, but the back is open, quiet, and warm.
  • Get there at 8am on the weekday to get Blue Bottle coffee, killer pastries, and free Wi-Fi. Nice break from the office.
  • Stop in before noon Monday - Saturday and enjoy their donuts and coffee. Make sure you bring cash....
  • 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.
  • Menu changes daily. Nothing disappoints; homemade bread is great (better than Tartine's). Can't go wrong with pizza, and drinks are well-balanced.
  • People are sore nice here. Some of the best service I've had in a long time. Good it's great too.
  • Homemade tonic makes the Gin & Tonic one of the best I've had. Don't miss it.
  • 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!
  • Sit at the bar and get to know the amazing, dynamic and very friendly bartenders. They are rock stars!
  • Great pizza the Italian way. Yummy green salad too.
  • Yeah it's a pizza place... Have the fried chicken. You won't regret it.
  • 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!
  • Hot tip of the day... Lake for Mayor of Pizzaiolo.
  • best tripe I have ever had. Tomato sauce and gorgonzola in a carzuela....soooo goood...
  • get the meatballs, if available.