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Pagliai's Pizza

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5312 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
+1 515-253-9800
16:00 - 22:00
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Sherrard, IL
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and moved away from the DSM area. Coming through we decided to stop at a familiar place. Still so pleased with the food and service. The thin crust is our favorite and the salads are great too. Never disappoints!

Thank teintackett
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a family business and a very popular pizza restaurant for many years in the Des Moines area. Highly recommend it!

Thank Jane W
Johnston, Iowa
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Terrible customer service from the manger, he made a mistake and tried to blame it on me. Even the owner was no help. We used to eat here all the time and after reading the reviews of another worker spitting in the food we will not order again. Remember customer service is KEY!!

Thank Lucille068
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Great specials and fresh pizza. Great place for our family to come with a large group. Sometimes the service is touch and go but food never disappoints

Thank Megan M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We stayed at the Ramada Tropics Resort and went to get a pizza here instead of ordering one from the Hotel. We are glad we did. Very good, plenty of cheese and meet. Kids ate a sausage and we had the special. I'll be going back soon. Wish they were open for more than just dinner.

Thank Joruus C
Dubuque, Iowa
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

After day at Adventureland family of 11 was ready for a good pizza. We ranged on age from 3 years to 67. We ordered the house specialty and cheese pizza. It arrived in timely manner, staff friendly and attentive. Pizza was amazing! Lots of ingredients cut in size you could tell what you were eating. Would definitely go there again.... More 

Thank Patti P
Johnston, Iowa
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We ate here many years ago and recently decided to give it another try. The place seems to be consistently busy I am not sure why. The pizza is average at best there are many alternatives with better flavor. The prices are not a bargain. The restaurant was clean though and the service was good.

Thank TheBandit78
Johnston, Iowa
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Family owned pizzeria. Homemade crust, sauce. Unique topping combinations on the menu. Good salads & other Italian dishes too.

Thank jmw0313
Omaha, Nebraska
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386 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Very good since it was close to my hotel. Very casual, maybe a little more than I would have liked tonight (was hoping for a touch of luxury for once :-) I always order lasagna since I make a mean one at home. This was had no chance, it was very good, but quite basic - like mine better. But... More 

Thank SidSidow
West Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

The pizza in the DesMoines area is generally pretty weak. Pagliai's was a fav when I lived in Ia. City. Nice to have one in this area. Nothing bad or great to review, just a good pie! Stop on when in the area, you won't regret it.

Thank peske1116

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5312 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-253-9800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?