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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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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156 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice meals. Ordered Delivery Excellent staff taking our order, faster than expected delivery, a nice surprise. Good sized portions and yummy food! Will definitely be ordering from them again

Thank olbear1962
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We were told this place has best pizza in Iowa n been around for long, etc. Excuse while try not to vomit.....this place sucks!!! The menu is deceitful n the service is horrible!! Did I mention pizza is worse than frozen from a box. Stay away n order papa johns.

Thank Dominic G
Johnston, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I lived in Grinnell most of my life - where the original Paglia's is located. Now we're in Johnston and are so glad that there is one here,, too! We don't have to miss out on their delicious pizza! It isn't the cheapest pizza in town - but it's one of the best!

Thank Lorna_DDP
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Since my go-to pizza place left town, we decided to give Pagliai's another try. Used to be our favorite years ago. Friday evening was crazy busy and the kids were running wild. As I remember, pizza was good-not over the top great though. Our server was very good and fixed a minor screw up on the order. This place is... More 

Thank 114bruceb
Sherrard, IL
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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
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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97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
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
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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?