pizzaiolo

noun
piz·​za·​io·​lo | \ ˌpēt-sə-ˈyō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce pizzaiolo (audio) \
plural pizzaiolos or pizzaioli\ ˌpēt-​sə-​ˈyō-​lē How to pronounce pizzaioli (audio) \

Definition of pizzaiolo

: a pizza maker According to one pizzaiolo ("dude who slings pizzas"), one should "always come for a pizza either before 8 pm or after 10 pm when the pizzeria is half-empty" for an optimum slice of pie.— Madison Dapcevich A16 is known for its Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas from certified pizzaiolo, Chef Christopher Thompson, along with other signature dishes…— Alexis Korman We chatted with some of the best pizzaioli in the country for tips on how to grill pizza in the summer, without making a mess or burning everything.— Ximena Larkin — compare pizzaiola

First Known Use of pizzaiolo

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pizzaiolo

borrowed from Italian pizzaiolo, pizzaiuolo "person who makes and sells pizzas," from pizza pizza + -aiolo, -aiuolo, suffix of occupations, from -aio, suffix of agency and appurtenance (going back to Latin -ārius -ary entry 1) + -olo, -uolo, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -eolus, -iolus)

Note: Probably originally a word in Neapolitan dialect; cf. pizzaiòla, pizzaiuólo in Antonio Altamura, Dizionario dialettale napoletano (Naples, 1956), p. 183. The suffix, however, with loss of r in the original sequence -ri̯-, is apparently of Tuscan origin.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pizzaiolo

Time Traveler for pizzaiolo

Time Traveler

The first known use of pizzaiolo was in 1930

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pizzaiolo

Cite this Entry

“Pizzaiolo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pizzaiolo. Accessed 26 January 2020.

Comments on pizzaiolo

What made you want to look up pizzaiolo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express in a more acceptable way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!