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May 27, 2008 04:19 PM

Falanghina- Pizza Napolitana is coming to West Berkeley

Chowhound loves pizza so here is some grist for the mill.
A new pizzeria from the owners of Lalimes/T-Rex/Seasalt/Fonda/Jimmy Beans has been approved by the Berkeley zoning adjustments board. "Falanghina" (the name of an Italian white grape variety, in case you are wondering) will soon occupy the empty storefront directly adjacent to Seasalt on San Pablo Avenue near Dwight Way. The plans submitted to the city (and approved last week) include a big wood burning pizza oven.
As a neighborhood resident I was thrilled when Seasalt moved in. Needless to say, I am all aquiver at the thought of wood oven pizza a short walk from my front door. The permit paperwork also mentions a full bar, retail wine shop and valet parking. The neighborhood is certainly looking up!
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  1. That's great. I can't believe Berkeley will allow a wood burning oven within its borders.

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    1. re: Glencora

      Well somehow t-rex got its smokers approved, so they've got some experience in that department.

    2. Who's the chef going to be?

      1. How can they get the full bar license when Berkeley won't let 900 Grayson serve dinner?

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          1. re: emery_jc

            sometimes licenses get shared between two businesses owned by the same people.

            1. re: emery_jc

              900 Grayson's in a manufacturing district where new restaurants are prohibited, so they're limited to the previous tenant's business hours.

              Falanghina's in a commercial district and within a "designated node" where the city is promoting restaurants and clubs by among other things allowing longer hours and prohibiting certain conflicting types of businesses.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Still doesn't explain how they got a wood fire oven approved...

                Connections, connections, connections.

                1. re: Morton the Mousse

                  They're required to document installation of "an abatement device that adequately controls particulate emissions and is permitted by the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)."

              2. re: emery_jc

                Grayson finally had their hearing last week. The ZAB recommended approval, and I'm pretty sure that it went through. It will probably be a couple of months before they actually open for dinner, though, they need to hire new staff, create a menu, etc.