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The Essential East Bay Pizza Restaurants

Where to get a serious slice on the other side of the Bay

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The East Bay is home to some truly standout pizza — certified pizza Napoletana, Sicilian classics, New York slices, and even an "Oakland-style" all its own with a sourdough crust. Check out these 16 pizza joints that are essential to defining the East Bay as a pizza destination, one that's fit to compete with any other major metropolis. Speak up in the comments section below to voice your opinion if your favorite pie place didn't make the list.

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5356 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 768-8003
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Opening in 2013, this well-received sequel to the SF classic that debuted in 2004 serves the same true Neapolitan pies, gorgeous wood-fired char and all. This newer Rockridge location has some more inventive takes, including a fried pizza and a rachetta, which comes with its own little handle of dough. Be sure to pair their pies with sommelier Shelley Lindgren's excellent wine selections.

2. Arinell Pizza

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2109 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 841-4035

Pizza by the slice is foldable, crisp, and simple at Arnell’s. With locations in the Mission and Berkeley, it's perfectly located to satisfy your pizza cravings at any hour (even midnight, to soak up the night's questionable choices).

3. Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria

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4301 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 547-0550
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Arizmendi's one-vegetarian-pie-per-day scheme leads to some awesome (if untraditional) pizza experiences, with the seasonal toppings like mushroom-red onion-goat cheese and artichoke-spinach-lemon-rosemary earning their fans. Check the calendar before you go in, and mark yours for the Super Bowl, the only day of the year it serves two different pies.

4. Boot & Shoe Service

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3308 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 763-2668
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The baby sister restaurant to Charlie Hallowell’s Pizziaolo, this Grand Avenue staple is proving to pump out wood-fired pies at the same level as its predecessor. Keeping with the tradition of thin-crusted and slightly chewy dough topped with market-driven ingredients (try wild nettles and pecorino, or add a farm egg to any pie), it’s no wonder that this local favorite seems to be here to last.

5. Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
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With so many chefs on this list and others with roots at this Berkeley institution, it seems silly not to mention the pie and calzones that are produced in the lightest, freshest, and most sustainable manner in the East Bay. With a dough recipe that has been pedestaled into the history books with its use of rye flour and seasonal ingredients, the pizza here is in a category all on its own, allowing the local ingredients to shine as the stars of their pies.

6. Dopo

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4293 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 652-3676
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For more than a decade this Piedmont Avenue classic has been offering baked-to-order bubbly pies that glisten with olive oil that's been brushed on, and even allowing the cheeses to crisp up and take on texture of their own. While Dopo and sister restaurant Adesso specialize in house-cured meats, when Sicilian pizza is done right, sometime all you need is the cheese.

7. Emilia's Pizzeria

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2995 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 704-1794
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Emilia's is a bit of a tough ticket (it's only open at certain hours, and a strict pre-ordering system means you could wait five hours or more for a pie), but Keith Freilich definitely has something special for those willing to put in the legwork. His New York-style pies aren't really about seasonality, but they're carefully made and completely delicious.

8. Fist of Flour Pizza Doughjo

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4166 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-6367
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Getting its start as a food truck making appearances throughout the East Bay, Fist of Flour now has a brick-and-mortar (dubbed the dough-jo) offering takeout, too. Owner James Whitehead aims to deliver fresh ingredients and local produce, fitting into the Bay Area's pizza scene. Check the site for locations of the mobile pizza oven as it makes appearances at food truck gatherings, special events, and even offers private catering services.

9. Forge Pizza

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66 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 268-3200
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Newer to the Jack London Square scene, this wood-fired restaurant with a view of the bay has semi-Napoletana pizza that's wholly and unapologetically American in style. With a crust based off of Tartine’s recipe in SF, Forge isn't afraid to shy away from Italian authenticity. Try the Margherita, using Cali-grown marzano tomatoes, mozzarella curds from Fairfield, and local marjoram and parsley when basil is out of season.

10. Gather

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2200 Oxford St
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 809-0400
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Garnering attention nationwide as the sustainable half-meatless restaurant that's a shining beacon of the ecological responsibility instilled by Chez Panisse, it's somewhat surprising that Gather ended up on a list about pizza. But with hot blistery pizza kissed by the open flames topped with seasonal ingredients, it warrants an inclusion. The hearty pies feature the Bay Area's jewel produce (like with roasted corn, basil, jalepeños, and creamy tomato sauce), and the vegan pies are surprisingly great, too.

11. Gioia Pizzeria

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1586 Hopkins St
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 528-4692
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There's now a second location in SF of this reliable option for a pie or a slice that boasts inventive topping combos like radicchio and gorgonzola; spinach, ricotta, brown butter, and hazelnuts; or salami, Castelvetrano olives, and provolone. Check out the Russian Hill sister-restaurant for a similar menu, but a more expansive dining room.

12. Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

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4799 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 653-5350
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Offering a slew of local beers on tap, and pumping out New York-style thin crust pizza, this pizzeria/pub with humble beginnings has evolved into somewhat of a local chain (with five locations throughout the East Bay). While ever expanding, the quality of the pies remains the same, so stop in for a whole pie or a slice of the crowd-favorite Heartstopper (bacon, gorgonzola, garlic, and spinach) at this local favorite.

13. Nick's Pizza

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6211 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Oakland, CA 94609

Aron Ford and Nick Yapor-Cox have serious baking pedigrees from spots like Arizmendi and Eleven Madison Park. Their tiny, Oakland-based pizza outpost on Shattuck Avenue is a diamond in the rough, showcasing their immense baking skills through creative and classic pizzas. Their "Oakland-style" sourdough crusts are what make these pizzas special, though creative combos like peaches, mozzarella, and arugula aren't too shabby, either.

14. Pizzaiolo

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5008 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 652-4888
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Charlie Hallowell made his name putting out masterful California pies at this Temescal favorite, with a wood-burning oven that produces a beautifully-spotted crust and excellent local produce on top (try the white potato pie with pancetta and fontina or the tomato pie with housemade sausage and cream). Its sister restaurant Boot & Shoe Service, located on West Grand Avenue, is also a winner.

15. The Cheeseboard Collective

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1504 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 549-3183
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The originator of the one-pizza-a-day style, Cheeseboard is still the master of the form, churning out California-style pies loaded with seasonal produce combos. Pies lack sauce, and toppings like corn, kale, and arugula can get a bit precious for some, but the pies here are always vegetarian, and for our money, always delicious.

16. Zachary's Chicago Pizza

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5801 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-6385
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Zachary's offers a glorious stuffed pie, with an extra layer of dough, buttery crust, sweet tomatoes, and filling that draws crowds every evening. It's almost like a savory layer cake of sauce, crust and toppings. Definitely not one of the lightest meal options around, and that can be a wonderful thing.

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5356 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Opening in 2013, this well-received sequel to the SF classic that debuted in 2004 serves the same true Neapolitan pies, gorgeous wood-fired char and all. This newer Rockridge location has some more inventive takes, including a fried pizza and a rachetta, which comes with its own little handle of dough. Be sure to pair their pies with sommelier Shelley Lindgren's excellent wine selections.

5356 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

2. Arinell Pizza

2109 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Pizza by the slice is foldable, crisp, and simple at Arnell’s. With locations in the Mission and Berkeley, it's perfectly located to satisfy your pizza cravings at any hour (even midnight, to soak up the night's questionable choices).

2109 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

3. Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria

4301 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

Arizmendi's one-vegetarian-pie-per-day scheme leads to some awesome (if untraditional) pizza experiences, with the seasonal toppings like mushroom-red onion-goat cheese and artichoke-spinach-lemon-rosemary earning their fans. Check the calendar before you go in, and mark yours for the Super Bowl, the only day of the year it serves two different pies.

4301 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville, CA 94608

4. Boot & Shoe Service

3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

The baby sister restaurant to Charlie Hallowell’s Pizziaolo, this Grand Avenue staple is proving to pump out wood-fired pies at the same level as its predecessor. Keeping with the tradition of thin-crusted and slightly chewy dough topped with market-driven ingredients (try wild nettles and pecorino, or add a farm egg to any pie), it’s no wonder that this local favorite seems to be here to last.

3308 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

5. Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

With so many chefs on this list and others with roots at this Berkeley institution, it seems silly not to mention the pie and calzones that are produced in the lightest, freshest, and most sustainable manner in the East Bay. With a dough recipe that has been pedestaled into the history books with its use of rye flour and seasonal ingredients, the pizza here is in a category all on its own, allowing the local ingredients to shine as the stars of their pies.

1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

6. Dopo

4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

For more than a decade this Piedmont Avenue classic has been offering baked-to-order bubbly pies that glisten with olive oil that's been brushed on, and even allowing the cheeses to crisp up and take on texture of their own. While Dopo and sister restaurant Adesso specialize in house-cured meats, when Sicilian pizza is done right, sometime all you need is the cheese.

4293 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

7. Emilia's Pizzeria

2995 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Emilia's is a bit of a tough ticket (it's only open at certain hours, and a strict pre-ordering system means you could wait five hours or more for a pie), but Keith Freilich definitely has something special for those willing to put in the legwork. His New York-style pies aren't really about seasonality, but they're carefully made and completely delicious.

2995 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

8. Fist of Flour Pizza Doughjo

4166 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Getting its start as a food truck making appearances throughout the East Bay, Fist of Flour now has a brick-and-mortar (dubbed the dough-jo) offering takeout, too. Owner James Whitehead aims to deliver fresh ingredients and local produce, fitting into the Bay Area's pizza scene. Check the site for locations of the mobile pizza oven as it makes appearances at food truck gatherings, special events, and even offers private catering services.

4166 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

9. Forge Pizza

66 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

Newer to the Jack London Square scene, this wood-fired restaurant with a view of the bay has semi-Napoletana pizza that's wholly and unapologetically American in style. With a crust based off of Tartine’s recipe in SF, Forge isn't afraid to shy away from Italian authenticity. Try the Margherita, using Cali-grown marzano tomatoes, mozzarella curds from Fairfield, and local marjoram and parsley when basil is out of season.

66 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94607

10. Gather

2200 Oxford St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Garnering attention nationwide as the sustainable half-meatless restaurant that's a shining beacon of the ecological responsibility instilled by Chez Panisse, it's somewhat surprising that Gather ended up on a list about pizza. But with hot blistery pizza kissed by the open flames topped with seasonal ingredients, it warrants an inclusion. The hearty pies feature the Bay Area's jewel produce (like with roasted corn, basil, jalepeños, and creamy tomato sauce), and the vegan pies are surprisingly great, too.

2200 Oxford St
Berkeley, CA 94704

11. Gioia Pizzeria

1586 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707

There's now a second location in SF of this reliable option for a pie or a slice that boasts inventive topping combos like radicchio and gorgonzola; spinach, ricotta, brown butter, and hazelnuts; or salami, Castelvetrano olives, and provolone. Check out the Russian Hill sister-restaurant for a similar menu, but a more expansive dining room.

1586 Hopkins St
Berkeley, CA 94707

12. Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

4799 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Offering a slew of local beers on tap, and pumping out New York-style thin crust pizza, this pizzeria/pub with humble beginnings has evolved into somewhat of a local chain (with five locations throughout the East Bay). While ever expanding, the quality of the pies remains the same, so stop in for a whole pie or a slice of the crowd-favorite Heartstopper (bacon, gorgonzola, garlic, and spinach) at this local favorite.

4799 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

13. Nick's Pizza

6211 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, Oakland, CA 94609

Aron Ford and Nick Yapor-Cox have serious baking pedigrees from spots like Arizmendi and Eleven Madison Park. Their tiny, Oakland-based pizza outpost on Shattuck Avenue is a diamond in the rough, showcasing their immense baking skills through creative and classic pizzas. Their "Oakland-style" sourdough crusts are what make these pizzas special, though creative combos like peaches, mozzarella, and arugula aren't too shabby, either.

6211 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Oakland, CA 94609

14. Pizzaiolo

5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Charlie Hallowell made his name putting out masterful California pies at this Temescal favorite, with a wood-burning oven that produces a beautifully-spotted crust and excellent local produce on top (try the white potato pie with pancetta and fontina or the tomato pie with housemade sausage and cream). Its sister restaurant Boot & Shoe Service, located on West Grand Avenue, is also a winner.

5008 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

15. The Cheeseboard Collective

1504 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

The originator of the one-pizza-a-day style, Cheeseboard is still the master of the form, churning out California-style pies loaded with seasonal produce combos. Pies lack sauce, and toppings like corn, kale, and arugula can get a bit precious for some, but the pies here are always vegetarian, and for our money, always delicious.

1504 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

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16. Zachary's Chicago Pizza

5801 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Zachary's offers a glorious stuffed pie, with an extra layer of dough, buttery crust, sweet tomatoes, and filling that draws crowds every evening. It's almost like a savory layer cake of sauce, crust and toppings. Definitely not one of the lightest meal options around, and that can be a wonderful thing.

5801 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

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