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Cheeseboard's "Indian" pizza

Agent 510 Aug 15, 2009 08:03 PM

Cheeseboard did it again, offering a "limited edition" pizza today in honor of India's Independence day - curried potato with mozzarela and feta cheese. I liked this one, unlike their last unusual offering, the grilled peach pizza from two weeks ago.

Anyone try this today? Or, does anyone have any thoughts on Cheeseboard's more unconventional offerings in general?

  1. Chuckles the Clone Aug 17, 2009 09:54 PM

    Those lunatics! Next thing you know they'll make one with tomato sauce.

    1. rworange Aug 17, 2009 04:37 PM


      Zante Pizza
      3489 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      The Cheese Board Collective
      1504 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

      1. mariacarmen Aug 15, 2009 11:38 PM

        This is slightly OT, but have you tried Zante's in the City? It's in the Mission, on Mission near Cortland, and it is an Indian restaurant that used to be a pizzeria, and they feature a fantastic Indian pizza. Great mixture of flavors - it has spinach, garlic, eggplant, cilantro, cauliflower, ginger, tandoori chicken, ground lamb, and prawns, or any combination of the above. You can do an all veggie version and even a vegan version, i've heard. I have not tried Cheeseboard's version of Indian pizza, but based on all their other pizzas, and based upon my love for Zante's, i would.
        i tried to add the link but somehow could not, so here it is: http://www.zantespizza.com/menu.htm

        6 Replies
        1. re: mariacarmen
          bong Aug 18, 2009 10:42 AM

          I am sorry, but the one time I tried Zante's Indian Pizza, it was quite opposite of "fantastic". It was, what I would call, more of a "soggy, chewy, rubbery crust overloaded with 2-day old leftover chicken tikka and whatever else did not sell out" pizza. It was so disgustingly bad, that I have never ever ventured to Zante's again even though I live within walking distance.

          1. re: bong
            Melanie Wong Aug 18, 2009 07:42 PM

            Yep, I'm not a fan of Zante's either though it's been a few years. There are good Indian flavor pizzas out there, but Zante's isn't one of them.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Robert Lauriston Aug 19, 2009 08:59 AM

              Who does better? I like Zante's a lot, but it is pretty junk-foodish and could easily be improved on.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Melanie Wong Aug 19, 2009 09:39 AM

                Mirchi Cafe in Fremont, especially because the crust is true NY-style

                Mantra in Palo Alto makes naanizza, tried it a couple weeks ago. Good quality toppings (as befits the price point), and while the crust is naan thickness, confirms once again the similarity between the tender chew of naan and pizza napoletana.

                Last week I peeked into Pizza & Pipes in Redwood City and it still has pavbhaji and palak paneer pizzas on the menu. Same owner as Saffron Bistro in San Carlos (or at least both names are on the delivery van outside). But I opted for bastilla down the street instead and didn't try it.

                Mantra Restaurant & Lounge
                632 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

          2. re: mariacarmen
            Annie S. Aug 18, 2009 07:57 PM

            I have never received an Indian pizza, including Zante's, that actually had all the listed ingredients on it. The lamb, shrimp, and eggplant are never there. The cauliflower makes an appearance about half the time, as does the chicken. When the chicken is actually there, it is usually minced to Walla Walla and back. So, yes, very much it is like you just get what is leftover or within arm's reach of the pizzamaker. Everytime I am the big fool for playing this stupid Indian Pizza game again. Luckily cheese-garlic-ginger-cilantro is a credible pizza by my standards.

            1. re: Annie S.
              Robert Lauriston Aug 19, 2009 08:59 AM

              I've had lamb and shrimp on Zante's.

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