Pizza Alvolo opened its first restaurant in 2005. It was opened by two brothers that both went to culinary school and trained in classic Italian cooking. However, they took what they had learned about Italian cooking and substituted ingredients with those more readily available in Korea. Instead of using flour-based dough, Pizza Alvolo uses black rice flour sourced from fields in Jindo. They also traded traditional Italian cured meats for things such as bulgogi and spicy marinated chicken.
The Yeoksam Branch of Pizza Alvolo was featured as a filming site in the hit Korean drama, It’s Okay Not To Be Okay.