Is the East Bay becoming the new pizza mecca? Sliver Pizzeria in Berkeley, which opened yesterday, follows Benchmark Pizzeria which opened in last month in Kensington on the Berkeley border. And two more pizza joints are slated to open this year - a downtown Berkeley Roman-style pizzeria called Build, and a Rockridge branch of Pennsylvania-based pizza chain Jules Thin Crust. These join area stalwarts Pizzaiolo, Cheese Board, and Zachary's.
Sliver, started by three Cheese Board alumni, may be the most Berkeley-est Berkeley restaurant ever. Not only does it serve pizza, it also fights against the evils of human trafficking by donating a percentage of its profits to aid organizations, and hosting a human trafficking awareness day every month. No word yet on whether knowing you're helping to fight modern-day slavery makes the pizza more enjoyable.
Following the same model as Cheese Board, Sliver offers one type of vegetarian pizza and salad each day. Yesterday's menu offered up a wild mushroom pizza with onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, garlic, olives, and herbs as well as an organic mixed greens salad with romanitas, red bell peppers, and red wine vinaigrette. Pizzas are available by the slice, half pie, or whole pie. Also like Cheese Board, there will be live music every night.
Details are fairly scarce so far on Build, except that it's set to open sometime this spring at 2286 Shattuck and that it's the project of DLS Hotels & Spas. If the Berkeley location is a success, the company hopes to expand the concept to more cities.
Jules Thin Crust is set to open in March at 5804 College Ave, directly across the street from Zachary's. It will be the second California location of the chain following the success of the Danville branch, and will be run by the same couple, Oliveto veterans Heather and Jeff Clapp.
We'll keep our eyes peeled for any more delicious pizza developments.
· New Berkeley pizza spot Sliver has philanthropic goal [Berkeleyside]