A short walk from downtown Berkeley and the famous university campus, Cheeseboard might be a trek from the city but the pizza is justly famous throughout the Bay Area. Only serving one kind of pizza per day (and they're all vegetarian), their offerings range from highest-quality Margherita to more out-there combinations such as Blue Cheese and Pear but the pizza is invariably delicious. Served by the (huge) slice, a slice and a drink can be an inexpensive light lunch, or a whole (giant) pizza could be shared by several for a heartier meal.
1512 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709. Nearest BART: Downtown Berkeley.
If you are looking for a piece of real San Francisco - a place frequented by the few natives who can still afford to live in the city - this is it.
Gaspare's, formerly known as Vince's, has amazing pizza in a decidedly unpretentious, almost kitschy, atmosphere.
I grew up in this neighborhood and ate there often - devouring every bit of thin crusted, olive oil soaked, garlic permeated goodness. I recommend the "Bruce Special." I also recommend that you steer clear of anything but pizza.
5546 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (Richmond District);
tel: (415) 387 5025;
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