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Apr 21, 2009 09:34 PM

Pie In The Sky, Berkeley report w/ pics

It's a good, pretty quick pizza joint. A guy and lady work there and they are friendly.

Each slice is pretty big - you can even have them cut it in half so you can share with your friend.

We got:

Tuesday Slice of the Day: "The Scrum" - $3.50. Sausage, mushroom, red pepper, garlic. It was thin crust, hot and tasty. Recommended.

Slice of "Son of Sky" $3.50 - ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, roasted tomatoes, pesto, artichokes, red onions, black olives. I guess they had to make this because we wanted a while for it. It was greasy and salty, thin crust. Just ok.

They have homemade desserts like French Apple tart $3.25, chocolate caramel tarts $3.25, chocolate volcano cookie $1.85 ea - didn't try any, they looked good, Anyone try them? They also have Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

They are selling a paperback book "Sylvia's Farm" by Sylvia Jorrin for $14.95.

There's about 10 seats inside - cramped, and 2 outdoor tables.

Credit cards taken. Close to Downtown Berkeley Bart.

Hrs: M-F 11a-9p

Pie In The Sky
2124 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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  1. I never realized they were closed Saturday. What type of pizza joint is closed Saturday?

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    1. re: rworange

      I think it is run almost soley by a man and his wife ~ perhaps the type of pizza joint that wants a day off every week? In that part of Berkeley, Saturday or Sunday would be a better choice than a week day with college and high school students swarming.

      1. re: rworange

        They''re open on Saturdays when there are games or concerts that draw a crowd.

        I presume he dropped regular Saturday hours because downtown's just too dead on weekends. UC Berkeley's weekday population is around 45,000.

      2. Out of curiosity, were the slices pictured cut in half already? Because (and perspective may be at fault here), they don't look too large.

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        1. re: jcormac

          Those are half the size of the slices I've had there.

        2. They have some good sounding ingredients on some of their slices, but I have to say their plain cheese is the way to go. It's by far the best NY style thin crust in the Bay Area.

          Yep, those slices are usually double the size pictured.

          1. I had to chime in about your bad Son of Sky experience -- my office frequently orders from Pie in the Sky, and Son of Sky is one of our favorite pies. Maybe they reheated up an old slice for you or something, because when we order it, we get a big beautiful pie of goodness. The flavors go well perfectly, clumps of ricotta giving you occasional bursts of creamy goodness that complement the salty olives. Mmmm.

            For single slices, I'd recommend going during the lunch hour and getting their slice of the day or their regular cheese/pepp, because they go through pizza super fast so it's really fresh. Otherwise, order whole pies!

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            1. re: Estella H.

              My friend & I just got 1 slice each of The Scrum & Son of Sky, both were cut in half so we could try both. $3.5 (Includes tax already) x 2 = $7 total. Credit cards taken.

              Both were good, I just felt the Son of Sky was more greasy & salty and we both preferred The Scrum.

              I can't make the lunch time only dinner. We went about 6:30pm or so.


            2. I noticed this morning that the Pie in the Sky space is for sale/for lease and that someone had applied for an alcohol license under the establishment name of Pizzavore back in October 2010. So, I guess it's safe to assume that Pie in the Sky is no more, but the status of Pizzavore is a bit ambiguous. Anyone have any information on this location?

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              1. re: hohokam

                They have a website that makes them look like they are open for business.


                1. re: Scott M

                  Pizzavore uses the same phone number that Pie in the Sky had. However, calling it now during a time that is should be open according to hours posted on the website, no one answers.

                  ETA: elsewhere on the internet is a notice that it's remodeling and will reopen in January.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Ah. OK. While I did see hints of remodeling (or maybe a hasty departure), I saw no sign on the door indicating that they were planning on (re?) opening.

                    Indeed, the only sign I saw, other than the notification of the pending alcohol license, was a rather large one reading "Fully Equipped Restaurant For Sale".

                    1. re: hohokam

                      I think a for-sale sign in the window trumps a Web announcement about remodeling.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Perhaps they are using the Chinese restaurant euphamism "remodeling" for "out of business".