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This great little hole-in-the-wall pizza joint turns out quality New York-style pies, which are sold both whole and by the slice. The sauce is a touch on the sweet side, and the ingredients are fresh. Amazona's is family owned and operated, and patrons consistently rave about the friendly service. The restaurant is most popular for take-out, delivery (which is available until 11pm) and late night by-the-slice.
Your wait for an excellent pizza joint on the dock is over. Forge fits in perfectly at the waterfront Jack London Square where you can walk in any time of the day, relax on the heated patio and munch on the scrumptious wood-fired oven baked thin crust pizzas. The menu comprises your favorite flavor of pizzas and wide range of toppings to go with it. You can try the cheese-filled Pancetta pizza or the sizzling spicy Pepperoni pizza or the standard Margherita pizza. However, do not forget to start off with their amazing starters like the Crispy Cheese Curds, the Potato Skins or Smoked Chicken Wings. And while you are at it, you can pair these delights with a selection from its enticing Californian and Italian wine list, drought beers and cocktails. Shoot down a glass of Jacks Martini or a bottle of Tall Boy PBR or Anderson Valley IPA, as you enjoy the company of great food and splendid views.
The first of these gourmet bakeries in the Bay Area (they now have stores in San Francisco and Emeryville), Arizmendi bakes up amazing fresh breads and gourmet pizzas daily. Some baked goods are regulars, while others change daily, like Irish Soda Bread and fig-Fennel Sourdough. The huge draw here, besides the urge to overstuff your breadbox are the fresh, specialty pizzas which change daily. Whether its a more basic version like Tomato Sauce, Olives and Rosemary, or slightly more daring and unusual, like Pasilla Peppers, Red Onions, Zucchini and Cilantro Pesto, the pizza will please any palate. Pizzas can be bought by the slice, half-pizza, or a whole and can be heated up there for immediate consumption, or half baked for you to finish yourself when you get home.
Lo Coco's has been a restaurant staple on Piedmont Avenue for over 20 years. This cozy restaurant specializes in authentic Sicilian cuisine. Loyal customers delight in dishes like Tortellini con Pesto Creme, Linguini with Clams, Cannelloni and their delicious pizzas. The warm atmosphere, attentive service and flavorful food will turn anyone into a Lo Coco's faithful.
Anybody wanting to eat at Pizzaiolo around 8p is in for a little wait, and its easy to see why. Pizzaiolo, founded by an alum of the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley, serves delicious gourmet pizza made fresh from prime, local ingredients and cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven. This is not your average delivery pizza- this pizza is for adults, though people of all ages can enjoy it. The restaurant is designed with inclusiveness in mind, forming a parallel with the indiscriminate appeal of the pizza. The interior, which used to house a hardware store, is decidedly casual. The brick walls are exposed and the hardwood floor is scuffed and scarred all over, probably by the former inhabitants' dropped tools. A communal table sits towards the back and the kitchen is open, encouraging conversation among diners. Besides the wonderful pizza, other items on the menu include pastas and excellent sides like the crisp, refreshing fennel salad. During summer months, try for a seat in the outdoor courtyard, complete with bocce ball court.
A16 Rockridge brings the taste of Campania to Oakland. This industrial decor has a rustic touch to it with exposed bricks, an open kitchen, wooden beams and artworks. Taking pride in their authentically rustic menu, you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, house cured meats and fine Southern Italian wines at this establishment. Don't miss their happy hours where you can sip on their wine varietal by the glass or half-a-bottle carafe. Reservations are recommended.
This simple and rustic trattoria style restaurant offers spectacular food in a casual yet elegant atmosphere. The menu features a good selection of antipasti like the ubiquitous frito misto, wood-fired meatballs and roasted octopus. As far as main courses go, Marzano really focuses on their wood-fired pizzas like the calamari with spicy tomato sauce, gremolata, hearts of celery, red onion, radicchio and pecorino, or more traditional pizzas like the margharita, pepperoni and sausage. In addition to the pizzas they do also feature a couple delicious "main courses" and desserts. Don't miss out on the specialty cocktails.
Nick was raised in Oakland, so when it came time for him to open his pizzeria in the city, he went back to his old neighborhood and opened Nick's Made In Oakland Pizza. This pizzeria isn't your average greasy joint though; Nick's focuses on using the best quality ingredients for his sourdough crust and his select pizzas. You won't find "make your own" pizzas with dozens of ingredients to choose from, but what you will find is are five different pizzas, all composed of blissfully perfect seasonal combinations of farmers market-fresh ingredients. Never fear if you're not so adventurous or have some restrictions, there is always the choice of the delicious plain cheese pizza and one vegan pizza option as well. Don't miss out on the desserts, which are one of the hidden gems of this pizzeria. Nick's is also dedicated to the community, so they host special free meals for the community and neighbors every couple of months.
This famous Chicago-style pizza company is always packed with UC students, families and out-of-towners. No one seems to mind the 20-minute (or more!) wait for the stuffed masterpiece. The pizza is made as thick as a pumpkin pie (yes, you do need a knife and fork), and the ingredients are put on upside down with tomatoes on top, meat on the bottom. So filling and so delicious, count on bringing home leftovers. For those with a slightly lesser appetite, they also serve thin crust pizzas that are just as delectable.
If you're looking for an artisan slice of thin crust pizza, look no further than Rotten City. The prices tend to run a bit on the expensive side (pies range from $20 to $27) but the pizza is well worth the cost. Try the "Bianco Verde" which comes with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiano, chili flakes, and and artful swirl of arugula pesto. Note: the restaurant is very small, with only a row of bar stools to perch on; luckily Rotten City offers takeout and delivery.