Cheeseboard Pizza Version 2.0
Let the aging, hippie curmudgeons decry the new Cheeseboard. I think the remodel is a huge improvement, making Cheeseboard a more desirable dinner destination for East Bay residents.
The building is about three times larger now. They took over the hardware store next door and kept their current location, removing the wall between the two buildings. There is now indoor and outdoor seating for at least 30 people. With two cash registers and six pizza ovens, the never-ending line moves twice as fast. The band has a little nook, with a permanent drum set. The larger size makes the live jazz less deafening and more enjoyable. There are also restrooms.
They have added salads to the menu. The salads are $3.50 for a small, $7.00 for a large, and a good portion for the price. My salad was fine, not great. The greens were fresh and crisp, the dressing was good, but I felt that the olives, pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes didn't integrate well. I figure they need to work on the salads a bit before they get the formula right. Regardless, I really like the idea, and I think the addition of salads makes for a much more balanced meal.
The fundamentals are the same: one pizza per day, flavor changes daily, always vegetarian. $2.25/slice, $9/half, $18/whole. Each order comes with an extra half-slice. My slices of zucchini pizza with pesto were tasty. Their pizza is always tasty, and sometimes it is fantastic.
Cheeseboard pizza is on Shattuck between Cedar and Rose, in Berkeley. You can check out their weekly pizza flavors on their website.