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Robert Lauriston | Jun 11, 200503:43 PM     8

Went to Pizzaiolo last night. Forget about soft opening, the place was packed--when we got there around 8:45 every table was full. Probably because of the unexpected mob the scene at the door was very weird--a woman (the chef's wife?) who seemed to be the maitre d' kept and various servers kept walking by and looking at us, not saying a word or smiling, for maybe ten minutes before somebody finally asked if we'd been helped. From then on service was good.

Had arancini, small, salty, crunchy, not my ideal but good; great squid roasted in the wood oven; salad of whole Little Gems (bad idea, they have some grit) and excellent pickled beets; fabulous pizza with house-made sausage (similar to Nizza's), kale, and onions.

Great short wine list, unusual selections, reasonable prices, very friendly to the oak-hating acid lover.

Link: http://www.pizzaiolo.us/

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