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Emilia's Pizza: Keith Freilich Opens Up on Ovens, Bad Accountants, and Pizza Miracles in Berkeley, CA

Lance Roberts 22 comments

For the last five years, we've been hearing a lot about the Bay Area pizza scene. That's mostly due to a large swath of legitimately great pizzerias, but the noise has definitely been amplified by big names like Mangieri and Gemignani. Nonetheless, one of my favorite pizzas in Berkeley is made by someone who consciously flies below the radar. Keith Freilich is the owner of one of the more impressive resumes in recent memory...and he agreed to share some of his experience with us. More

Berkeley, California: Celebrating Chez Panisse's 40th Anniversary with Some Pizza

Slice: San Francisco David Kover 6 comments

This past August, Chez Panisse celebrated its fortieth anniversary. And though the restaurant is known mostly for inspiring California Cuisine, it's pizza-specific legacy is also pretty significant. We paid a visit to see what kind of pies the old gal is turning out these days. More

Berkeley, California: Bobby G's Pizzeria

Brad Japhe 5 comments

Please welcome Brad Japhe (Diehard Nation) to the Slice fold. (Or should I say "fold hold"?) Brad will be around periodically with pizza reviews from around the Bay Area. His first is from this joint in Berkeley that reminds Mr. Japhe of where he grew up--NYC--but that has one distinct advantage ... burp!. Take it away, Brad! —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Brad Japhe] Bobby G's Pizzeria 2072 University Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704 (near Shattuck; map); 510-665-8866; bobbygspizzeria.com Pizza style: Pizzelle fritte/montanare, Neapolitan, Sicilian, and New York–style Great beer and great pizza—is there really a better combination? Probably, but I doubt it's... More

Pizza Madness 2009: I Left My Heartburn in San Francisco

Adam Kuban 8 comments

And my documentation of Pizza Madness 2009 continues. Here, I'm just going to roll up my San Francisco leg into one post, since A) I had trouble getting photos in some of these darkened joints and B) this is where the Neapolitan pies really started to blur together. —The Mgmt. View Pizza Madness 2009, San Francisco Leg in a larger map As I said in an earlier post documenting "Pizza Madness 2009," I knew Seattle and San Francisco were going to kick my pizza-eating ass. I was well-prepared for San Francisco going in, since I've now visited the city a... More

What They're Saying About Emilia's Pizzeria

Adam Kuban 1 comment

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] I've eaten a lot of pizza over the years. But I often doubt my own judgment. So when I gave big props to Emilia's Pizzeria last month, even before it opened, I was worried that my taste buds would somehow be off—that people would eventually try it and then tell me I'm full of crap. Well, the first of the UGC-review-site reviews are rolling in, and they're unanimously good so far. Witness the thread on Chowhound:... More

Emilia's Pizzeria in Berkeley Opens to the Public; Hours, Offerings Limited for Now

Adam Kuban 6 comments

Ignore the sign above. Emilia's is now open to the public, though in limited capacity. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Early last month I had the pleasure of getting an early taste of Emilia's Pizzeria in Berkeley, California. If the pizza I had during that friends-and-family event is any indication of what it is now that Emilia's is in soft open mode, Berkeley residents are in for a treat. The refreshingly unpretentious non-Neapolitan pizzeria started operating in a limited capacity on Monday night. After the jump, Keith Freilich, Emilia's owner-pizzaman explains.... More

First Look: Some Great Pizza at Emilia's Pizzeria in Berkeley, California

Adam Kuban 15 comments

Clockwise from top left: Emilia's Pizzeria during a recent friends-and-family night, owner-pizzaiolo Keith Freilich, a plain pie hot out of the oven. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] Emilia's Pizzeria 2995 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705 (at Ashby Avenue; map); emiliaspizzeria.com Getting There: By car, it's at the corner of Shattuck and Ashby avenues; closest BART stop is the Ashby Avenue Station Pizza Style: Thin-crust, New York–coal-oven-esque Oven Type: A very hot Wolf "Pizza Grande" gas-fired oven The Skinny: Whether you're a whiny New Yorker looking for familiar-tasting pizza or someone who's never set foot in the Big Apple, the pizza at... More

Best Pizza in San Francisco, According to Michael Bauer

Ed Levine 11 comments

Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently named his six favorite pizzerias in the Bay Area. Bauer has been writing a weekly blog post about San Francisco pizza for nearly a year now, usually with accompanying videos, and I guess he feels he has surveyed the field thoroughly enough to weigh in with a definitive list. Or maybe he's finally sick of pizza. There are some surprising names on the list, along with a few sure-to-be-controversial omissions. The omissions are sure to bring out a hornet's nest of protesters. They include Chicago-style Zachary's, the most popular... More

'The Chronicle' on Zachary's

Adam Kuban 1 comment

Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, continues his Pizza Friday series on his blog Between Meals with a trip to Zachary's in Oakland. Zachary's is wildly popular in the Bay Area for its Chicago-style stuffed pies. Bauer says: Crust: The stuffed pizza had a thick crust, almost like dried toasted bread with raw floury underpinning, at least on my visit. The stuffed also has a second crust that's laid on top of the cheese, then covered with a thick layer of chunky tomato sauce. As it bakes, the crust melts into the cheese. The thin crust was... More

AOL Cityguide: 13 Perfect Pizzas Across America

Adam Kuban 21 comments

And they are: Zachary's Chicago Pizza: Berkeley, California PIzzeria Regina: Boston Patsy Grimaldi's Pizzeria: Scottsdale, Arizona Vic's Bar & Restaurant: Bradley Beach, New Jersey Tacconelli's: Philadelphia John's: New York City Star Pizza: Houston Imo's Pizza: Saint Louis Home Run Inn: Chicago Mellow Mushroom: Atlanta Windy City PIzza: Tampa, Florida Anthony's Pizza and Pasta: Denver Papreza's Pizza: Henderson, Nevada Well, they say 13 is an unlucky number, right? I mean, only one New York City pizzeria on this list? And it's John's? John's is good, sure, but not the best in NYC. And maybe we should hold our tongue until we've... More

Tips: Berkeley

Adam Kuban 5 comments

Friend of Slice Cyrus Farivar responds to our last entry about Berkeley pizza hotspots: Ok, firstly, as far as East Bay rags go, the Berkeley Daily Planet is not exactly a gold standard. This is the same paper that in 2002, following a random possible hate crime against a rabbi and his son, ran the headline "The Jews Are Attacked Near Campus." (And yes, I'm biased, I was an editor at the Daily Californian.) The Telegraph joints (Blondie's, Fat Slice) are good given their proximity to campus, but not for much else. If you're near campus and you can't do... More

Berkeley Pizza Guide

Adam Kuban 3 comments

It's back-to-school time, which is welcome news to college-town pizza purveyors nationwide. The rumbling thunder of keg parties and the flash of rush-week hazing signal an end to the summerlong drought of business that typically plagues merchants used to the steady drizzle of crumpled student dollars. It also means that at least a few back-to-school pie guides appear on the horizon, breaking down the options for freshmen not yet wise to the ways the local slice winds blow. They are the Farmer's Almanacs of the college pie world. One such guide recently came to our attention. It was compiled for... More

Way Out West

Adam Kuban 6 comments

Seems Slice is making a virtual road trip west. Here's yet more out-of-state New York–style-pizza news, this time from the Contra Costa Times out in Bay Area's Contra Costa County. Sierra Filucci, a correspondent for the paper, profiles Berkeley, California, newcomer Gioia Pizzeria, a shop she says blends the best of the New York School with West Coast sensibilities. On first read, we at Slice were like, "That's an oxymoron." I mean, do West Coasters have any sense when it comes to pizza? But it sounds like Berkeleyites are in good hands: Will Gioia, the proprietor, is Brooklyn-raised. Moreover, Filucci... More

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