Review: Berkeley Pizza, San Diego CA

San Diego is a great town in a lot of ways, starting with its beaches and the best weather in America. The city’s historic Spinach and mushroom slices

While 5th and 6th Avenues are cluttered with the bland national chains (Dick’s Last Resort, Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks, Old Spaghetti Factory), the area gets much more interesting when you venture a little bit west (mini-Chinatown) or east (East Village). As far as I can tell, San Diego has little deep pizza history, but there are some notable adaptations of pizza styles from other places.

We experienced New Haven style apizza in the East Village at BASIC urban kitchen + bar, and it was as good or better than the original versions in Connecticut. Walking from the excellent boutique lodging at Hotel Z on 6th Avenue, we stumbled on Berkeley Pizza on Island Avenue.

With its retro-hippie sign and reference to Berkeley California, I anticipated a place for vegan and gluten free pies, or quinoa pizza topped with free-range acai berries and amaranth sprouts. That impression was completely inaccurate. Instead, Berkeley offers Chicago-style deep dish pizza and a nice selection of craft beers.

Unlike most deep-dish places, Berkeley sells pizza by the slice. I had about a half dozen choices, and I opted for a slice of their signature pie with spinach and mushrooms ($4.25), and a sausage slice ($3.75). Full pies take one hour, but it’s only five minutes to reheat a slice.

Sausage slice

There is a small and homey dining space with perhaps 10 tables and windows open to the street in this relatively quiet Gaslamp location. I was served one fairly large sausage slice, and two …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote