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Pagliai's Pizza - Johnston

5312 Merle Hay Rd, Just Two Blocks North of I-80 On Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
+1 515-253-9800
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“spaghetti” (2 reviews)
“salad” (8 reviews)
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5312 Merle Hay Rd, Just Two Blocks North of I-80 On Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We visited Pagliai’s while in the Des Moines area for a few days over spring break. The pizza was great and as well as the service!

Thank Julie K
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Pagliai's is a nice pizza restaurant. We chose to eat there because we had a large group and a coupon for buy one get one pizza free. Although the offer was good until the end of April, the owner decided not to honor this offer....More

Thank DalekdJohnston_Iowa
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have ended up here for Valentine's Day two years in a row. Nice place with lots of parking, good service, good pizza. What's not to like?

Thank bigred6933
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Great family environment. The pizza I had was thin crust. The restaurant is clean and the staff was friendly. Pricing is average. Will return! Leo Kirk

Thank Leo K
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Very good thin crust pizza, nice take out also. Can get crowded on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8 pm. Good salads with bread sticks

Thank Kent C
Reviewed 10 December 2017

Let’s get one thing right. This is not the place go for some goofy fusion thing like, say, Chop Suey Pizza. It is, however, a great place for old-school, thin-crust pizza the way you remember it. (Or wish it was.) For my money, the thing...More

1  Thank Mhainey924
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

It’s not just the pizza that keeps us coming back over and over. It’s the weekly spaghetti special plus the staff that have all been there for a number of years. My husband swears by the taco pizza. I go for the house special. No...More

Thank Ahorntime2run
Bryan P, Owner at Pagliai's Pizza - Johnston, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank You so much for visiting us... we like to serve you and provide a good product. Customer service is our main goal. See you next visit! Have a great week!! Bless your Heart. Bry

Reviewed 24 October 2017

This pizza place is equal to the hype of being one of Des Moines's premier pizza places. Located on Merle Hay Road in Johnston Pagliai's offers 3 crust choices. We went with the double crust. It was actually two regular crust with amazing sauce, cheese...More

Thank tmyankee15
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

I had a taste for pizza so I googled "thin pizza" which is my preference. Pagliai's came up so it was worth a try. I'm from the NYC area and I guess my definition of thin pizza is different from Des Moines residents. The pie...More

Thank Amy F
Bryan P, Owner at Pagliai's Pizza - Johnston, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thanks for your opinion/ If you'd like a super thin crust/ we can do it! when you place your order just ask us to stretch it extra thin crust. we can do this for you!

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Wow. I had never had this pizza before. We ordered it on our way to the restaurant and just agreed to a large 'Pagliais special'. It is as fabulous! I would post a photo but we ate it all too fast!! I'll be going back.

Thank clbosco
Bryan P, Owner at Pagliai's Pizza - Johnston, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank You So much for the nice review. We strive to produce a supreme product. We also like to focus on customer service!! Have a great week! Bryan Pagliai and the Staff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5312 Merle Hay Rd, Just Two Blocks North of I-80 On Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131-1207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-253-9800
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