Oh my, oh my! Do I have the place for you. This really might be the most delicious pizza I’ve ever, ever had. And this coming from a former East Coaster (I lived just an hour from the city) is a big deal I think. I stumbled upon The Cheeseboard Collective when I was milling around Berkeley one day when I first got here. I woke up freezing and bummed to see another foggy day up in our neighborhood, so I took my mom’s advice and hopped on the BART to soak up some sunshine on the Berkeley campus. I was strolling along Shattuck Ave., excited to catch a glimpse of Chez Panisse, when I saw a huge crowd outside of this restaurant.
I peeked inside and saw a fast moving line and happy customers picking up pizza, whole ones to stay, pizza to go, and individual slices too. They only make one pizza a day, always vegetarian, and they make a salad too. There’s room to sit at tables outside or inside and there’s usually a band playing live music, even in the middle of the afternoon.
It must have been my lucky day because it seemed all of my favorite things were on this pizza – figs! Blue cheese! Mounds of lemony arugula! I enjoyed my pizza and music and sat marveling over the gooey, cheesy slices. If you’re ever in Berkeley (or anywhere in the Bay area, really) make sure to stop for a meal here.
Cheese Board Pizza
1512 Shattuck Ave
OPEN TUESDAYS – SATURDAYS
LUNCH 11:30 – 3:00
DINNER 4:30 – 8:00
closed Sundays and Mondays