New York City and Chicago might be famous for their pizza, but the East Bay is a rising star. There are many great pizza places in Oakland and Berkeley that could give the Big Apple a run for its money. We list 10 great restaurants to grab a slice.
Pizza Matador represents the perfect fusion of convenience and quality. This innovative service allows customers to pre-order pizzas to be delivered between 4 and 8pm. Pizza Matador is unique, however, in that pizzas arrive half-baked so that you can finish cooking them in your own oven and have them emerge piping hot with bubbling cheese. Pre-ordering starts at 7am, and it’s advised that you order early, before pizzas sell out. Don’t miss the opportunity to try a pizza topped with wild garlic, mushrooms, and truffle oil or one with chorizo, olives, red bell pepper, and manchego cheese.
People bored of traditional pizza and looking for something new will certainly find it in Namaste Pizza. This unique, family-owned and operated Oakland spot puts an Indian twist on the classic Italian treat. Try a pizza with mint-infused turkey and curry sauce or one with spiced cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes. Just one bite will have you believing that Namaste has reinvented pizza. All menu items are available on a gluten-free crust, and vegetarians and vegans have plenty of options as well.
Namaste Pizza, 5942 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland CA, USA, +1 510 601 1100
Bay Area pizza aficionados might find a new favorite spot in Jupiter, a beerhouse located on Berkeley’s bustling Shattuck Avenue. Here you’ll find a variety of brick oven-fired pizzas named after mythical gods and goddesses, and all are as great as their namesakes. You can’t go wrong with the Circe, a pizza topped with shrimp, garlic, butter and green onion, or the Xanthia, garnished with potatoes, bacon, ricotta cheese, and red chili flakes. All pizzas can be made vegan and gluten-free to ensure that no one is excluded from the Jupiter experience.
Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA, USA, +1 510 843 8277
Since 2005, Pizzaiolo has been a favorite among people who enjoy fine dining as much as they love pizza. At this Oakland spot, you’ll receive a multi-course menu that is pricy, but justifiably so. Personal pizzas run at around $20, but for this amount, you’ll get a gourmet experience. Try a pizza topped with nettles and pecorino or one with arugula, prosciutto di Parma, and grana. Don’t be afraid to take some of your pizza to go if it means you can save room for dessert; you won’t want to pass up burnt orange ice cream or vanilla bread pudding.
Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA, USA, +1 510 652 4888