Last Update
Sep 25th, 2019

Pizzaiolo Italian Cafe

200 SE 6th St
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301
Overall Rating
2.2
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
09/25/2019

Details

Hours: 8am-4p M-F

Pros

Decent Pizza

Cons

Bad Seating
No Parking
Overpriced

Critic's Review

On a clear 85 degree day; instead of jumping around in my living room I thought I'd take a walk and check this place out. They're open until 4p and probably get no business after 2p, so I headed over at 2:30.

As is the case whether you're driving or on foot, expect delays.

At 2:45 it's like a ghost town on this street; no traffic or people. The entrance is on the side. There was someone ahead of me so I had a chance to take some photos.

So for $4.80 you get 1/4 of the small pizzas in the back; the square slices with toppings are $6.80. I could barely contain my laughter. I overheard him telling the woman the the square pizza was Sicilian, but that's not Sicilian; it's just square.

The lunch special is 1/2 of a small pizza (2 slices) and a soft drink for the same price as a square slice. I would have rather had a pepperoni slice, but that would have cost 8.80 which is too absurd to consider.

I took a seat in the back and waited. There isn't a comfortable seat in the place.

The slices came out in a few minutes.

One of the slices had a thin layer of regular shredded mozzarella and the other had a blob of fresh Moz. I'm not sure if this is by design or just a poorly distributed pie.

The pizza was "ok"; the crust had a good chew but there wasn't enough sauce or cheese to make it very enjoyable. The crust itself was tasteless; not enough salt, so I ended up not eating the crusts. The slice with virtually no cheese didn't even seem like pizza.

Conclusion

The place probably does 3 hours of business 5 days a week, and you have to wonder how many people are paying $6.80 for a slice or $4.80 for a small slice. If the pizza was fantastic, or if 1 slice was enough for lunch, they might have an idea. But this stuff is no better than Sbarros; at twice the price.

Also, people on jury duty or pleading a case want to sit down and relax during their lunch hour; this is not a place you can sit and enjoy a cappuccino. Maybe Italians like sitting at little tables on stools; but Americans do not.

I'm always amused by people who open restaurants without a plan to succeed.

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