Emelia's pizza Berkeley redirect post
My post on Emilia's opening soon has been moved here:
Looking forward to feedback when it opens!
Thumbs up. I had a slice of pepperoni from a pie fresh out of the oven. Super high-quality ingredients, nice scorch. Not as crisp as Lanesplitter, maybe closer to Pie in the Sky. Worth a detour if you care about pizza.
The guy said he's been open for dinner the last few nights and will do lunch eventually. No set hours yet.
Slices, $2.75 regular, $3 pepperoni. Pies, $18, add pepperoni $2, other special toppings change, e.g. sopressata $4. Drinks $1-2. No beer.
Nothing on the Web site yet but the address: http://emiliaspizzeria.com/
Tentative current hours are Tues.-Sat. 5-9pm or whenever he runs out of dough.
2995 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
I stopped in to Emilia's tonight, and made the cardinal mistake of not bringing enough cash to a cash only restaurant (the note says that it's cash only for now, so that may change). I had $4 on me, and so got just one slice of the sausage and red onion pizza ($3). Verdict? I should have gone to get more cash. Now, I am no New York pizza expert, so I have no idea if this is NY pizza or not, but oh man, it was delicious. The crust was thin and crispy and flavorful, the sausage was great, the red onion slices were the perfect size, the sauce was really tasty, and oh wow, the cheese was great. I took tiny bites towards the end of the slice to delay finishing it. Also, I didn't eat it until I had gotten home, about a 5-7 minute trip, and it was still great.
I wanted pepperoni, but there were no pepperoni slices available. I saw him making a pepperoni whole pie (I think for one of the tables), and I definitely want to go back to try it.
We had a whole pie tonight, half plain, half sausage and (house-made) roasted pepper. Excellent pizza. The best sauce I've had out west: smooth, un-herbed, barely salted, sweet rich and tomatoey. Great cheese--he uses fresh mozzarella slices and a lot of good parmesan, grated onto the pie before and after baking. The crust is very thin, almost too thin to eat a slice by hand, but worth the care and folding to do it. I'm not familiar with the SF pizza variations, but a NY point of reference for Emelia's style would be Grimaldi's or Lombardi's, only with less topping. I think his price is more than fair--top-notch ingredients and a large pie for $18 ($21 with a topping). Although after we gobbled it all up our daughter got herself an extra slice because it was so good... and also because two slices didn't fill up a seven-year-old. Did I mention that the crust is thin?
Keith, the owner, is taking things nice and slow. He's making about twenty pies a day, which he can manage without hiring anybody. This way he can get to know the neighborhood and the customers. It's now my family's west-coast benchmark pizza, and I'm overjoyed that it's just blocks from my house.
I stopped by today after seeing all the raves on Yelp. Very good pizza for sure, but I don't think I would go out of my way again. (Was about 20 minutes out of my way, each way).
I ordered the plain cheese pie. I know pizza is a very personal thing, but I like mine crisp, not floppy. These slices did not stand on their own weight and flopped over. Maybe that's just my "thing". The ingredients were super fresh. Crust was nicely charred. Sauce was fresh, but just a little salty and tangy to my taste. Heidipie put up Grimaldi's in NY as a point of reference - I have to say that I far prefer Grimaldi's. I did like the nice hole-in-the-wall feel of the place.
Seems like the "no slices" policy was new, as of the last post on the thread, but looks like this is well entrenched now.