Caioti Pizza Cafe
4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 761-3606
Fax: (818) 761-3606
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Yes, No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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This place will get you on smell alone...it's hard to walk past!!!
I think that the pizza is delicious, love the salads and those little bread rolls are sinful. I am a big fan of the fact that you can bring your own bottle of wine...The problem with this place is it is not the cleanest. The silverware is in a box on the table...The bathroom is unspeakable.Service is slow, but that seems to be due to understaffing, because the servers are very nice once they get to you. Not that impressive, but sure will go there again for the pizza and salad.
This is the best pizza place in Studio City in my opinion. The pizza is made fresh, cooked to perfection and tastes amazing and their BYOB policy is just an awesome addition to all the good stuff they got here. The people working there are friendly and helpful. There are several types of pizza (Rockefeller is my all time favorite) and very delicious salads. There is plenty of seating and while the place is great for anyone in walking distance if you need delivery they do deliver. You will not be disappointed I assure you. I suggest Caioti Pizza for anyone who enjoys pizza, its a good place to go to with friends. Do not hesitate to go to Caioti... the food is great and inexpensive. You'll love it!
03/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I liked this place for awhile and have been at least 10 times, but I will never go back. For one thing, I have never appreciated the staff there - One girl in particular likes to make weird and off-putting comments in some effort to be witty, and really it's just uncomfortable. Most of them seem bitter to be having to work at a restaurant instead of being on TV or something, and they tend to be slow and disinterested.
The pizza is only ok for how pricey it is, and last time we went an insect of a certain persuation walked right by us on the counter where you can sit to eat. I know that even fine restaurants can have trouble with these things, but it was pretty crazy to see one right out in the open during a busy dinner time. YIKES. Other people saw it, and we were tempted to leave but didn't. Go to Pit Fire Pizza in Noho instead - Better pizza for cheaper, nicer people.
01/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
To be fair, this review is based on the last time I went to this place about 2 years ago. My co-worker and I went for lunch on a Thursday. This was apparently the busiest day they'd had on record, because we sat outside, and it took a good 20 minutes for anyone to even check and see if we would like something to drink. It appeared that there was only one server, and being that I worked in the service industry for a LONG time, I understood...when the place is full and it's just you serving, you need people to cut you a break. Thus the extra star. However, with that being said, when we finally did get our order taken, and when we finally did get our food, (nearly 45 minutes later ) there were small insects in my salad. They looked like teeny tiny dragonflies. When I flagged down the one, lone waiter, (who I was, up to now, sympathetic with) I showed him the creatures in my salad, and he said...""Those aren't insects...that's part of the lettuce."" to which I calmly replied...""then you eat it, because I'm not going to. Those are insects."" He was perceptibly frazzled, and I know this was the last thing he needed, but honestly, I was being very calm. It was almost comical at that point. He didn't know what to do, so he asked me if I'd like another salad, and I gently told him, ""No, that's ok. I've sortof lost my appetite. I'd rather just not have to pay for this, and we'll be leaving.""
I'm sure it was a one time incident, but it has had a lasting effect on me...and I will not be eating there ever again.
08/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Pizza has gone downhill and become dry over the last year, and the service has gone to hell. Spent 45 minutes waiting to pick up a take out order that was phoned in in advance. Not only was the order wrong, but I was chastised by a snippy waiter for eating out of my take out box while we waited for my friends pizza to be remade. This was after we had graciously changed tables to accommodate other customers. He then had the nerve to stand there and glower at me for 15 minutes while ignoring other customers, before forcefully sliding a plate onto the table and saying I MUST eat off it. What a putz. Rather than graciously fixing the existing failure of the restaurant, go ahead and antagonize the customers. Brilliant. Any one need a restaurant space? I'm sure Caiotis' will be available soon.
07/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I are regulars here and we stop by about once a month or so. The wait staff and kitchen folks are all very friendly and always have a moment for a quick hello. The weekly specials are always very good, as is the delicious pizza. I enjoy anchovies on my pizza (I know most people don't!) and it is pretty hard to find a place that even stocks them anymore -yum!.
The bread pudding is fantastic. I never was much of a bread pudding fan until I tried it here at Caioti. If you like bread pudding, you should definitely try some. It is made fresh when you order it and it is pretty darn tasty.
They have an unusually large selection of off brand sodas to wash down your meal with as well... and don't forget the BYOB option. We usually bring a bottle of wine ourselves and the staff promptly pops down a couple of nice glasses for us to fill.
Good food, good service, good location... three g's for Caioti!
07/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place has great pizza and salads and is a good laid-back date place for a weeknight...then take a walk to the Gelato place next door! If you are from the East Coast do not expect authentic, but hey, this is Cali and they have developed a different style and this place tops the list in that area. Leave your pizza ego in NY and enjoy some great gourmet Cali style pizza. They also have a pretty cool soda selection with blue cream soda and some other neat ones. There is a salad there with mozzarella in it, I forget the name, but it's unreal!
04/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Thank you City Search! I stumbled on this listing for being named the top BYOB---didn't even know there was such a place. Anyways I went this weekend on Saturday night (not forgetting my wine!!) the place was really busy, but we were sat within 15 min. I have to tell you this place is very small,but it has such a nice vibe they had nice blues and jazz playing and dim lights. Its kinda of like the when your here you family, I could tell that there were many regulars as they seemed to know the servers . There are only two of them and a guy working the register. They are definately in sync with eachother and so nice and helpful. The place offers 3 styles of pizza. We tried them all!! We had a new york, Old world Salsiccia, New World BBQ Chicken. All delicious!! We also had a an crab cake appetizer they were offering that night and a few salads--- I have to tell you though that if the service and the food wasn't so amazing I may have been upset that my salads came out after my pizza. As if we didn't have enough food we has Eric's famous desserts- YUM! It was really nice find a place with EXCELLENT service, and food!!
04/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Parking was a little hard. We just parked on the side street, make sure to read the signs. Some places you cannot park after 9pm.
We went on a Friday night and the place was packed. We had to wait about 15 minutes before we could get a table. But the host/cashier was very nice and sat us as soon as he could.
The waiter told us about the specials the chef came up with for that night. Sounded great but we wanted to try the pizza.
AMAZING! We are from New York and the pizza was great. We had one New York Style and one Old World Style.
But we must tell you, the service was outstanding. I read some reviews about it being ""not so good"" but the wait staff (Tanya, Rocky and the host??) were extremely warm. The chef even came out to make sure everything was ok. Because of this, we will be back at NIGHT......
Here is the kicker, we ended up coming from breakfast on Sunday. It was a total mess. The wait staff was what I had read about before, ""not so good."" So.... my suggestion: If you are going to go too Caioti, go at night. Look for Tanya, Rocky, Erik the Chef and the cashier (has crazy hair).
12/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Went to this restaurant based on all the positive recommendations made on the citysearch site and was very underwhelmed. We went early on a Friday evening and the restaurant wasnt very busy and only one person came in while we were there. Ordered the NY style pizza with italian sausage, tomatoes and olives and it was as bland as can be. Ive had better pizza from pizza hut and without the drive or hard to find parking! Ive had good pizza in NY, Chicago, LA and Italy among other places and I cannot fathom why anybody would recommend this place. I generally believe a good crust makes a great pizza and the toppings are not really that important but this place has neither.
Their claim to fame seems to be ""THE SALAD"" which induces labor soon after a pregnant woman eats one. As a guy, this is unneccessary and I guess I'll stick with my usual pizza places.
P.S. you can skip the overpriced Gelato store near the restaurant also and get a better desert at Baskins & Robbins!
07/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Went there some time ago. We were promptly seated, however it took them about 15 minutes to take our order. It seemed like there was only one waitress taking care of the customers, while the manager was busy overseeing other stuff. We got our pizzas after another 30 minutes of solid waiting. It may have been busy, but there was no apology for the service. The pizza was terrific (fresh and flavorful), but the service just gave our first time experience a bad connotation. Still not sure if we're going back.
December 2008 Update: We returned for the pizza over the last 2 years, but both pizzas and service have gone downhill. Pizzas have become oily and the pizza area covered by toppings has become smaller and smaller. We just had last week a bad service experience with one of the female waiters and a rather aggressive attitude. This place can't live on its former glory forever...