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Pizza, Italian
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed July 17, 2021

I visited for the first time today (Sat. 7/17) The pizza is delish. True NY style and enjoyed every bite. 3 stars for overall experience... The young kid taking the order unfortunately lacked in customer service & manners. Plainly put, he has a mouth on...him. He makes smart comments, & cursed a couple times to a paying customer. Maybe he wanted to "sound cool&tough". This is the kind of service that will ruin a 1st time visit, an establishment's persona & not have returning customers, regardless how good the pizza is. There will always be a good or better place for a NY style pizza, especially with customer service.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed August 23, 2019

It is kind of greasy. And kind of squalid. And the service is a bit indifferent. And the so-called dining area can trend messing. But the slice is a homerun. Definitely challenges Joe's Pizza in Greenwich Village. And that is the benchmark upon which all...slices are measured.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed April 12, 2018

I was staying a few blocks away. The staff at La Note recommended this place to me. They told me it had amazing pizza. And they were right. Not much of an atmosphere at all and you are likely to miss it if you're not...looking for it. I went back twice because the pizza was so good. No frills type of place but worth it.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

Last time I was in Berkeley my cousin and I were on the Great Western Vacation of '81. I remember walking around Berkeley and noticing a little pizza place. I was very impressed with the pizza and still remember it almost 37 years later! It's...nice to know that it's still around and if I'm ever in the Bay Area again, I would love to return. It's bringing back lots of happy memories just thinking about it!More

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed April 22, 2017

I'm in Morocco, where good pizza is not. I grew up with Arinell's, and think about the perfect flavor, and texture often. It is the best pizza on Earth!

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Arinell's pizza has been here for quite a while. The pizza is average at best. It's NY style pizza served by hippies that looked like they haven't bathed for a while. Not the type of people I would hire if I owned a food establishment....The staff is incredibly rude as well and nasty to the customers. One day I went in and ordered 3 slices of pizza and the guy says you can't have 3 slices. I asked him why thinking he was some sort of diet coach. He said if other customers were to come in there would not be enough left for them. The place was empty and I said it's first come first serve. He said "no" and I asked for the manager who was equally rude. They ended up giving me the three slices when I threatened to put their heads in the oven lol (true story). Never get between an Italian and his pizza, even if the pizza is only average.More

Date of visit: November 2015
Reviewed August 10, 2016

I work across the street and eat here about a couple times a month. They have the best thin crust east coast style pizza that I've had in the Bay Area. Compares very favorably with the best NYC places.

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed December 13, 2015

Ok, this time I have left Marin on my tour, but I had a good reason. Arinell is easily the best pizza in the East Bay and I think, probably in the Bay Area. Limited toppings, but great crust and dough, excellent tomato sauce and...cheese. Simple, straightforward and lets you focus on the basic flavors of pizza as it was meant to be savored. It's as close as a NYC pizza as you can get in Northern California. Old School, but an excellent pizza! Berkeley is lucky to have it.More

Date of visit: December 2015
Reviewed November 18, 2015

In Berkeley, if you want to find Californian style pizza, you go to Cheese Board or Sliver. If you want to find authentic NYC style pizza with thin crust and heavy cheese, then go to Arinell!

Date of visit: November 2015
Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

This is the spot to get a quick slice of Pizza and a drink. I generally go for the NY Neopolitan Style. Mushroom is my favorite-- with extra Mushrooms. The whole pies are reasonable and delicious and good to take home.

Date of visit: November 2015
Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had been living in California for a few years, transplants from NY.We tried many Pizza places but none could stack up NY's. That is until we tried Arinell. Both their round and Sicilian pizzas are really good. We were so happy our son decided...to go to UC Berkeley, (we lived in Santa Clarita) just so we could get good pizza when visiting him. Yummy.More

Date of visit: May 2015
Reviewed November 3, 2014

I've twice gone here due to it's close vicinity to the downtown Berkeley Bart. I still don't know why I ever made the second trip. I knew after the first visit this was typical west coast pizza, which is to say very poor. If you've...been to quality pizza places out east (or northern Italy, for that matter) you'll know what I mean. I must have been too tired to go anywhere else the second time, or perhaps I just forgot, but definitely a place to avoid.More

Date of visit: November 2014
Reviewed May 28, 2014

and this place is it... not a reheat. a straight outta the oven slice(or pie). still as good as the first time i had it in the mid 70s... and the sicilian(thick dough) slices are ALSO excellent... and the fountain coke. a nyer's dream lunch....a slice and a coke. just a short walk from the downtown berkeley bart station.More

Date of visit: June 2013
Reviewed August 26, 2010

Great taste. A hole in the wall but once you try it, you'll forget any deep dish.

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Reviewed July 16, 2008

My husband is a native New Yorker and he thinks it represents NY pizza the most.

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Yes, Arinell Pizza offers takeout services.

Arinell Pizza is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5