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piz·​za·​io·​la ˌpēt-sə-ˈyō-lə How to pronounce pizzaiola (audio)
plural pizzaiolas or pizzaiole ˌpēt-sə-ˈyō-(ˌ)lā How to pronounce pizzaiola (audio)
: a pizza maker : pizzaiolo
I've made hundreds of oven-baked pizzas and consider myself a pretty skilled pizzaiola, but my first attempt at grilled pizza was a nightmare.Matthew Card
specifically : a female pizza maker
Sophia Loren, who portrayed a pizzaiola selling fried pizza in the 1954 film classic The Gold of NaplesDaniel Young
: a tomato sauce incorporating olive oil, garlic, and oregano that is typically paired with meat or pasta
… ricotta and spinach dumpling with pizzaiola.The (London) Evening Standard


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: prepared with a pizzaiola tomato sauce (see pizzaiola entry 1 sense 2)
used postpositively
Cooking up an Italian veal pizzaiola with baked potatoes …Annita Katee
Dishes include tuna croquette with puttanesca sauce, spaghetti and clams, polenta with scallops and citrus and monkfish pizzaiola.Leeanne Griffin

Examples of pizzaiola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
To demonstrate, Sarah, like a pizzaiola tossing a pie, flips a large sheet of spinach dough onto the clunky old contraption. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022

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Word History



borrowed from Italian, feminine of pizzaiolo, pizzaiuolo pizzaiolo; in sense 2, noun derivative of pizzaiola pizzaiola entry 2


borrowed from Italian, short for alla pizzaiola (Neapolitan dialect â pizzaiòla), literally, "in the manner of a pizza-maker"

First Known Use


1999, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pizzaiola was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Pizzaiola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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