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Pie In The Sky, Berkeley report w/ pics

hhc Apr 21, 2009 09:34 PM

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

  1. rworange Apr 21, 2009 10:04 PM

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

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    1. re: rworange
      tomatoaday Apr 22, 2009 09:30 AM

      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
        Robert Lauriston Apr 22, 2009 09:59 AM

        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. j
        jcormac Apr 22, 2009 10:41 AM

        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
          Robert Lauriston Apr 22, 2009 10:43 AM

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

        2. k
          katya Apr 22, 2009 01:51 PM

          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. e
            Estella H. Apr 22, 2009 03:53 PM

            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.
              hhc Apr 22, 2009 06:04 PM

              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. hohokam Jan 11, 2011 10:51 AM

              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
                Scott M Jan 11, 2011 02:25 PM

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


                1. re: Scott M
                  Melanie Wong Jan 11, 2011 03:38 PM

                  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
                    hohokam Jan 11, 2011 04:42 PM

                    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
                      Robert Lauriston Jan 12, 2011 07:08 AM

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

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston
                        rworange Jan 12, 2011 08:32 AM

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

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