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Friday, May 29, 2009

It May Not Be Trendy, But Berkeley's Cheeseboard Does Pizza Right

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 4:32 PM

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As for the pizza wars of the Bay Area, our attitude is, Flame on! Let us just go on record as saying that the apotheosis of all that is great about California's big, sloppy love affair with Italian and Mexican cuisines is evident in the corn, cilantro, cotija, and lime pizza at the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective (1512 Shattuck at Vine, Berkeley). Delfina may try, Pauline's may try, Little Star may try, but nothing beats sitting on the grassy median in the Gourmet Ghetto on a hot day, biting into that first taste of fresh lime and tangy cotija and feeling it mingle with the exhaust of the cars going by. (Oh, Berkeley -- so pompously polarfleecy and environmental, so automotive!) Days when it's served merit a pilgrimage (interested parties should familiarize themselves with the Cheeseboard's schedule), with a stop at Comic Relief along the way to load up on Love and Rockets anthologies -- for those of you who like a little California on top of your California. Add one of the Cheeseboard's vaguely '70s-ish hippie salads, and you've got even more California on the side.

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