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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sourdough Pizza and More at Nick & Aron's in Temescal

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click to enlarge Sourdough pizza is offered either as a whole pie or by the slice at the new Nick and Aron's. And yes, that is cauliflower on pizza. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • Sourdough pizza is offered either as a whole pie or by the slice at the new Nick and Aron's. And yes, that is cauliflower on pizza.

Those familiar with Nick’s Pizza on Shattuck Avenue will recognize much of the same food at play at the new Nick & Aron’s in Oakland's Temescal.

During the day, the place serves scones both savory and sweet, and pastries as well as McLaughlin Coffee and Scarlet City Espresso. Given that they open at 7 a.m. weekdays, it seems they are catering to the before-work coffee crowd as well. At dinner, they offer both table service and slices to-go, with many already coming in for the latter option.

A few salads and starters are on the dinner menu – we enjoyed a salad with dates, hazelnuts and goat cheese and lamb meatballs in harissa sauce – but pizza is definitely the star attraction.

Pepperoni and cheese pizzas are always available for the traditionalists, but if cauliflower on your slice doesn’t freak you out, we highly recommend walking on the wild side and trying those in the “specialty” section. Having a lactose-intolerant person in tow, we sampled both versions of the harissa pizza: one with caramelized onions, roasted cauliflower, feta, cilantro and the zesty spice combo, and the other a vegan version that omits the cheese. This combination is so flavorful that the feta was barely missed, a high compliment indeed.

Nick & Aron’s crust is made from sourdough, and it’s definitely different from many Bay Area pizza joints. It’s thin, but thicker than what’s traditionally considered “thin crust.” But it’s also crispy enough to stand up to whatever toppings you put on it, without any of that fold-over stuff required. It’s also not loaded up with too much cheese; in short, it doesn’t leave you feeling a little disgusted, as too much pizza sometimes can.

The menu is rounded out by a few other entrees, desserts and roast chicken (which can be ordered as either a quarter, half or whole chicken) and comes with several sides like stuffing and chard. While the restaurant is still waiting for its permit to serve beer and wine, it may find more of its niche in doing take-out, since it always has numerous types of slices on offer.

Nick & Aron’s, 4316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, 510-250-9538.

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Alix Wall

Alix Wall

Alix Wall is an Oakland-based freelance writer and certified natural foods chef. Her web site is


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