Sliver Pizzeria (2132 Center Street) has closed after five years in Downtown Berkeley. The last day for pizza, always served with an extra baby slice included, was December 29. According to a message on the business’ website, the owners hope to relocate, but haven’t secured a new space. Meanwhile, at least some of Sliver’s team has divided again, spinning off with a different pizza parlor project.
Eater SF has reached out to Sliver for details on the closure and relocation plans. This was the restaurant’s note to customers:
We are saddened to announce that after 5 incredible years, we will be relocating Sliver Pizzeria. We thought that Center street would be our forever home but due to unforeseen circumstances we will be relocating to a new TBD location. It will be a bittersweet transition but, we are beyond forever grateful to everyone who has made these 5 years possible and helped us grow. It would not have been possible without all of your endless love and support. It’s been an honor to serve our community and get to know so many wonderful people along the way. Stay tuned for updates on the announcement of our new location.
As a vegetarian and vegan slice shop with one type of pizza per day and a sourdough crust, Sliver was a chip off the old Cheese Board block. That’s to say it was modeled on the Berkeley mainstay, and founded by three Cheese Board Pizza alums: Guillermo Willy Perez, Artemio Maldonado, and Dwight Ferron. Sliver opened in 2013 with a socially-conscious, anti-Human Trafficking mission: Providing “financial and/or moral support to freedom organizations such as MISSSEY, BAYWAR, Not For Sale, and others,” according to a statement on the business’ website.
Before the closure/relocation, however, two of the original Sliver owners, Artemio Maldonado and Dwight Ferron, appear to have left Sliver and struck out on their own. That duo’s Oakland pizzeria, another Cheese Board-inspired establishment called Dimond Slice, opened in the Dimond District in late November. Eater SF has also reached out to them at Dimond Slice and will update accordingly.