Pizza >Il Pizzaiolo
703 Washington Rd, Mt Lebanon, PA | Directions 1522840.380426 -80.044635
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Mount Lebanon
Good for typical Mt. Lebanon snobs – If you're a rich Mt. Lebanon pansy who doesn't know good food, you would be happy with this crap. The rich foo foo clientelle looked at me funny the whole time I was eating. I usually don't fart in public, but on my way out I pointed my cheeks at this particularly annoying soccer mom's face and let loose. She started yelling at me and I told her to F-off. F this place and it's soggy crappy pizza
Delicious, Authentic Italian Food – I went with my family for the first time. We were seated right away. We enjoyed appetizers, wine, and a variety of entrees. The service was excellent, and everything was cooked to perfection! I loved this hidden little gem, and will definitely return!
excellent Italian food – My husband and I visited Il Pizzaiolo for the first time during Yinzfest in Mt. Lebanon. We were seated without too much wait - about 15 minutes and we enjoyed every minute of our time there. The pasta was cooked to perfection - al dente. There was a lot of flavor to their food and the bread was fresh and homemade. We did not try the pizza so we have no opinion about that.
Our waitress was excellent and saw to our every need even to the point of asking someone to move their chair so I could get through with my crutch. We will definitely go back and have recommended it to others.
Just eat there! – Do not listen to other reviews I've eaten there several times and its above average italian especially the pizza I plan on writing a more in depth review but I'm in a car and. I saw the terrible reviews they've been given the fact that I'm taking the time to do this on my phone should convince you just eat there
Don't Bother, Below-Average Italian – After eating at Bistro 19 I was very excited when I saw that Il Pizzaiolo was right next door. I had thought about eating here in the past but was always put off by the location. That being said, I went to Il Pizzaiolo last night with my fiance, and I have to say I was very disappointed. We started with the Caesar salad, which was OK. The dressing was delicious, however there was very little of it, and we found ourselves eating entire bites of dry, flavorless lettuce. It was also an outrageous $10 dollars. Don't get me wrong, had this been an entree sized portion, $10 would have been more than appropriate. However it was just a starter size, and should have been no more than $6.
We then shared their margherita pizza which had delicious flavors, but was incredibly soggy. It was also fairly small, but that was almost to be expected. It was $12 dollars, so the size was not necessarily a problem, however it was hard to enjoy such a soggy mess of a pizza. We also shared a pasta dish which was INCREDIBLY overpriced. At $17 dollars, I was expecting more than a small bowl filled with dry pasta. It was homemade, and well made, however it was almost insultingly small. We finished with tiramisu which was excellent, and appropriately priced at $8.
In all, I found the flavors of their food to be excellent, however i was horribly misled. Not only was every menu I found online roughly $2 to $3 dollars cheaper than their actual menu, but there was a table next to us who ordered pasta and received an enormous portion, prompting us to order pasta. It was only till later did we realize that they were employees who had decided to dine their for the evening. We also had a serious problem with the timing of the food. The service was great, however for a Tuesday night, I would have thought their kitchen could time the courses properly; we had barely started our salad when the entree's came. In all, I don't think I will be going back to this restaurant, nor would I recommend anyone waste their time traveling out to Mt. Lebanon for average Italian.
HORRIBLE! – I'm plenty familiar with a good authentic Italian pizza cooked in an authentic wood burning oven.
Unreal how they can serve pizza as soggy as this pizza was. We ordered two pizzas and both were a soggy mess. Do they ever taste the food that the make?
Ingredient quality is supposed to reign supreme for this style of pizza but I didn't notice anything special with the cheese or toppings on both pizzas. I know what good Italian ingredients are because I buy them for home cooking.
Homemade tiramisu was also overly soggy.
We were there on a Saturday night. Hard to believe that the place was packed and with a wait. Simply unbelievable!
ps. Amused by the 10 oz diet coke in a glass bottle. Yep, really made me feel like I was in Europe (sarcasm).
Don't waste your money! – My guest and I were told there would be a 10 minute wait. That wait stretched out to over 1 hour. The hostesses were not apologetic and were actually a bit rude about it. Once we were seated we had to wait another 15 minutes to get our order placed and then 45 minutes for the food to arrive. I have a lot of patience but this was by far the most ridiculous wait ever. None of the employees or management staff apologized for the wait or extremely slow service.
The food was not very good either. We ordered a pasta dish, a pizza, and a salad. The prices were absurd and the food was not worth even a 1/3 of what we paid.
We eat here at least twice a month – My wife and I eat here at least twice a month and enjoy it each and every time we do. The reviews with the comparison to Olive Garden are not only unfair, but clearly show that some people don't know good Italian when they see it.
The only drawback is that at times, they don't always have everything. They may be out of a particular wine one night, or out of the mussels another. They need to make sure their suppliers are in top shape.
Excellent Pizza in an authentic Pizzeria – I lived in Italy for years and I really miss the pizza. I sought out Il Pizzaiolo because I read that the oven was purchased in Naples (birthplace of pizza) and mozzerella is imported (REAL mozzerella is made from water bufalo (hence the "di bufala") milk in Italy, not from cow's milk).
Arriving at 7 pm, our party of six waited ~45 min to sit and some were unhappy that we could not reserve a table. This place followed true pizzerie however: no reservations, casual, bare tables (no tableclothes), a very visible oven and lots of noise and energy buzzing about. The restaurant is small, and a second "wine bar" is smaller, located in a separate building in the back. It has a few tables for dining, a bar for sipping fair Italian wines (Barbera d'Alba, Nero d'Avola) and a fireplace. Like EU restaurants, it is tight quarters.
The menu is simple as expected: a few appetizers, pasta dishes, and a variety of pizze. There is more red wine and beer to drink than expected and surprisingly no beer on tap (there usually is a light [bionda, literally "blond"] and a dark [rossa, literally "red"]. Anyway, I was content with a Hoegaarden in a bottle. For a heavier beer I would have chosen the Chimay.
My father's caprese salad (mozzerella, tomato, basil) had perfect mozzerella, but he failed to remember that fresh tomatoes are boring in January. A chef's mistake landed us some free mussels in a tomato broth. They were delicious. I had my fav pizza: the diavola (devil). The crust was perfect in texture - not too doughy, not too crisp. The center was a bit soggy (I noticed this in reviews), but not terrible. For me the letdown was the diavola feature: the spicy sausage. In Italy, it is wide and thin. Their's was spicy enough, but thick and tough circles like pepperoni from a regular pizzeria.
All in all, it was still a great pizza and great experience. I definitely recommend this place to anyone in a small party looking for a casual night out (especially a date).
If you like overpriced, second-rate food and drinks - Il Pizzaiolo is the restaurant for you. – My wife and I USED to eat at Il Pizzaiolo a couple times a year during the warmer months to dine on the patio. At our last visit (9-19-08), the pasta dishes we ordered were on par with Olive Garden. Worse, they were $17 each and came without a salad. The linguini noodles in my dish were clumped together. The wine was $12 a glass ? not a generous pour at that. The quality of the meal did not match the price. We won?t be returning to Il Pizzaiolo.
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