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Gioia Pizzeria

1586 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707-2732
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Ranked #129 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $5 - $15
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Pizza
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Sacramento, California, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Gioia is a NY-style, by-the-slice pizzeria located in north Berkeley on a block that almost feels like a corner of Greenwich Village. The tiny cafe, opened in 2004 by a couple from Brooklyn, has a display case with pizzas ready to go, seating for only 7 inside (facing the wall) and a sidewalk bench out front. It's an excellent choice... More

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Point Richmond, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Enjoyed the variety and quality of ingredients. Another purveyor of fine Pizza in Berkeley. The Julian with crispy kale, sausage, and loads of garlic is my favorite.

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Crozier, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We were in the area on vacation and found this pizzeria on TripAdvisor. It was okay - the slices are $3.50 and are inconsistent. My husband ordered his first piece and then ordered another - there was a big difference between the sizes of the two. I had the pepperoni - it was good, but just that. To dine inside,... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

i've wanted to like gioia, which has a large following. it's not terrible by any means, but i only enjoy their plain. the vegetarian toppings never seem to harmonize, and meat toppings are quite salty. the crust is slightly thicker than i prefer.

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Oakland, California, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Gioia Pizzeria offers tasty fairly thin crusted pizza. You can buy by the slice or get a full pie. They offer a wide range of toppings. It's always busy in there, but they keep things moving efficiently.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Gioia Pizza and The Cheeseboard make the best thin crust pizza in Berkeley. Of course that's a subjective opinion but you won't go wrong at either location.

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Gainesville, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Rightly honored as among the very best pizzerias in the East Bay, or perhaps the West Coast, this small and pleasingly fragrant place is a magnet for any innocent passersby. My vacation landlord had recommended the Coffee and Cheese Market nearby, and after shopping there my nose led me right into Gioia. Although they prepare and serve a variety of... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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73 reviews 73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I was visiting a local and we had been shopping at the Monterrey Market and she suggested stopping off for a slice of pizza before driving back up in to the Berkeley Hills. Her parking karma had gotten us a space right in front of the place so after depositing the groceries in the car we joined the line. There... More

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Concord, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

I visited this pizzeria for a few cuts or slices of pizza. I grew up on the east coast in Pittsburgh and we called slices of pizza cuts. On to my review. I had a few slices of sausage and found the pizza to taste very good but it was so thin that I could not pick up the slice... More

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Berkeley, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Gioia isn't bad as far as pizza goes - the pizzas (usually 5-6 different varieties) are interesting in a Cheeseboard-like way, but the slices are expensive and they don't make enough of each type. For example, once they run out of cheese pizzas for the evening (which typically seems to happen at around 6 PM) , too bad for you.... More

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