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“one of the best pizzas ever: and always vegetarian”
Review of Cheeseboard Pizza

Cheeseboard Pizza
Ranked #1 of 703 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Berkeley, California
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30 reviews
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“one of the best pizzas ever: and always vegetarian”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

The Cheeseboard is not just awesome pizza sold by the slice of the whole pie, it is a worker-owned co-op in the heart of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. even if you think you prefer pizza with me, trust me, you wanna do the Cheeseboard. They only serve one choice of pizza daily, you buy by slice or pie. If you order a slice, they always add a small extra slide that always feels special even tho you know it is built into the pricing, which is quite modest, imho.

Don't be intimidated by long lines. The lines move very fast cause they are a smooth production line of just the one pizza of the day. The pizza flow steadily, the people move through the line.

And many evenings, small bands perform, typically small jazz groups but not always jazz, adding greatly to the ambiance.

This is a Berkeley institution and you can't really say you've done Berkeley until you do the Cheeseboard. Maybe eat on the grass in the middle of the street -- it is illegal but everyone does it and on a good day, it feels good to sit in that grass and eat pizza (ignoring the passing gas fumes, I guess!). Me? I sit on chairs or take it home but if I were still a young'un I'd sit on the middle boulevard grass.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Pizza and Jazz”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

What's not to love? A line-up that stretched the block, but moved quickly because they have only one (absolutely delicious) pizza flavour every night. Tonight was corn and cilantro pesto. Coupled with a cold beer and live jazz, it can't get any better!

Visited May 2013
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Anaheim, CA
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“Amazing pizza”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Wow no meat?? Didn't even notice!

Freaking unbelieveable pizza!! We were walking down the street and spotted this freaking long line, and thought what the heck? I talked my BF into standing in line and trying a 1/2 pizza. I am so glad we did.

A not so hidden neighborhood gem that I'm giving thumbs up!

Closed Sunday and Monday, cash only. Don't let the lines scare you.

  • Visited May 2013
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CA
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“Best Pizza Ever”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Every time we eat here the pizza is Delicious I love the crust and the all the flavors they come up with. . Such a creative selection...

  • Visited May 2013
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“Organic and Delicious Pizza in North Berkeley”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Cheeseboard Pizza is in the "gourmet ghetto" of Shattuck Avenue in North Berkeley (in the same neighborhood as Chez Panisse, Gregoire's, Cesar).

There is one organic, peak-of-flavor pizza offered each day (past favorites include the corn pizza, and tomato with goat cheese), with two openings daily for lunch and dinner. The menu also includes salads, soft drinks, wine and beer, and sometimes dessert. The servers kindly offer an extra sliver or slice with each order. Prices are approximately $2.50 per slice, and $20 per whole pie. Tax is added; both cash and credit cards accepted. Sometimes there is a band, which makes things lively (and occasionally loud).

A tradition is to sit with friends and eat on the grass median of Shattuck Avenue, even though municipal signs request no eating on the median, as well as a sign on the restaurant door.

Note the restaurant is closed on Mondays, on May 1st, and a few times a year when the workers collectively take a vacation week off (usually a week in summer, and a week around winter holidays). Cheeseboard Pizza is a worker-owned collective, and the people working there - bakers, servers, cashiers - are uniformly nice and friendly.

I recommend a visit to this Berkeley institution.

  • Visited May 2013
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