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Dec 7, 2005 11:19 AM

pizza palor in east bay

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Can anyone recommend a pizza parlor style pizza place in the san leandro/castro valley area. My wife and I are looking for a place we can meet our freind from fremont (we are in Oakland)to have some good non-chain type pizza. A family-run/independent tried and true kind of place. We are all non deep dish pizza eaters and prefer thin crust over the doughy style crust. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

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    Robert Lauriston

    If your friend cares much about pizza, it'd be worth the extra time to drive to Oakland.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Zachary's has good thin crust too.

    2. There'a a place called Sergio's across from the Safeway on Juana Ave. I haven't been there since I moved 2 yrs ago. But they had a decent thin crust pizza. small open kitchen. Nothing special but it's quiet & reasonably priced if all you want is some pizza & beer.


      1. O'k. This is Castro Valley. But, Pyzanos Pizzeria at the 580 Shopping Center (at the junction of C.V Blvd and Crow Canyon (more or less) is pretty darn good pizza. The owner and pizza thrower has won tons of awards for the pizza crust. I personally like a thinner crust, but the pie is tasty and the ingredients of good quality.

        Now let's get this straight: it's a parlor, not a restaurant. So don't expect anything fancy or foofoo.



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        1. re: Cecelia
          Robert Lauriston

          Pyzano's co-owner Tony Gemignani has won pizza-tossing competitions. The pizza itself hasn't won anything except a Castro Valley newspaper poll.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yes, the pizza is nothing special. Which makes it
            kind of disappointing given the hype about winning
            pizza throwing awards.

          2. re: Cecelia

            I second this recommendation. I just tried it over the weekend with some friends. It's not the best pizza ever, but it was very good and has a nice neighborhoody feel. Plus, it's kind of entertaining to watch them toss the dough.

          3. One of my favorite "family-style" pizza places is Porky's, on Manor in San Leandro. It's two minutes off 880 at Washington/Lewelling. I mostly like their fried chicken, but the thin-crust pizza is pretty decent fresh out of the oven, and the beer selection's not bad either. It's a big room, and can get filled up with a wide range of ages and types, enjoying themselves in a neighborhood atmosphere.

            Porky's Pizza Palace
            1221 Manor Blvd, xxFarnsworth
            Opens 3PM most days.