I have to say I still haven't been to Jamie's Italian itself, but while Zizzi's is always reliable (and Gino's, sadly, isn't) the idea of a new pizzeria in central Oxford intrigued me. The 'all pizzas £5 on week nights' offer also helped - it's a good deal, especially if you stick to one of the five pizzas on the menu and don't have any extra toppings. I think there was one pasta dish available too (although I can't see it on the blackboard) and a small selection of basic starters.
Garlic bread (£3), tending more towards thin and crispy than soft and doughy, was fine; a heritage tomato and mozzarella salad (also £3) went some way to contrasting with all the carbs but the different varieties it contained had a generally sour and under-ripe feel. Also, given that the restaurant was nearly empty and the staff (there's a small kitchen space and pizza oven at the back of the dining area) presumably not under pressure, it would have been nice if we'd been brought these as starters - or at least been asked if we'd prefer this. As it was they came with the pizzas, and who wants to eat garlic bread and pizza at the same time?
So, there's not much wrong with Jamie's Pizzeria, and quite a lot that's right - including pizzas that are definitely worth more than £5. I should also mention the lack of upselling from the staff, particularly refreshing if you ever go to Zizzi's, Pizza Express and the like. Doubtless this establishment would become more like them if it expands nationally, but for the moment it's a mainly impressive one-off.
Jamie's Italian (the main restaurant!)
24-26 George Street
Oxford OX1 2AE