East Bay Discovery #3: Pizzaiolo
Pizzaiolo is in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. It is known for it is amazing fancy schmancy pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. I love that it uses only sustainable ingredients. But the pizza is not why it is a great discovery for a momma on a budget: it is because of their morning hours operating as a coffee shop.
In the mornings they have a standard espresso bar menu and serve blue bottle coffee. They also serve doughnuts and delicious home made bread with jams. This morning there was a toddler there enjoying the bread and jam like only a toddler can: completely! His face, hands, arms and probably a lot of other parts of him were thoroughly covered in jam. He had a thick slices of the artisan bread in each hand. The huge smile on his face was adorable.
Having just a small cappuccino allows you to meet up with friends, soak up the atmosphere and stay within a decent budget.
During the coffee shop hours the staff is prepping the restaurant for the evening meal. You see trays of mussels and fresh veggies go by. I watched one guy endlessly cut up bread and then make breadcrumbs. It was a lot of fun to watch!
It is a warm and inviting atmosphere. The interior is light, airy and stroller friendly (I could wheel through the seating area to the back of the restaurant without a problem). There were numerous other mom and kid duos there as well. The bathrooms were roomy and clean.
I am looking forward to going back there for the famed pizza when we budget for a nice night out. There is a patio out back that I bet is just perfect for dining on during one of Oakland’s lovely warm summer evenings.
Have you been to Pizzaiolo? If so, what do you recommend ordering?