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best calzones in the east bay?

majordanby Sep 16, 2009 06:51 PM

can anyone suggest a place in the east bay that makes a pretty good calzone? Lola closed awhile ago, and i cant seem to find a decent replacement. thanks in advance

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  1. JasmineG RE: majordanby Sep 16, 2009 06:55 PM

    Dopo always has one on the menu.

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      vulber RE: majordanby Sep 16, 2009 07:35 PM

      I don't know for gourmet calzones, but if you want delicious, cheap, greasy, and huge, Gypsy Trattoria in Berkeley.

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        ML8000 RE: majordanby Sep 16, 2009 08:13 PM

        No expert but the calzones at Lanesplitter I had a bite of were pretty good. 3 locations.

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          Munching Mark RE: ML8000 Sep 22, 2009 12:22 PM

          They are good fresh and hot but they don't travel well, in my experience.

          Just an FYI for calzone fans, Lanesplitter fans

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            bbulkow RE: ML8000 Sep 22, 2009 06:13 PM

            I like the calzones there too. Sometimes I get 'em when I'm more hungry than just their slices. Good quality ricotta. Arguably the dough is sub-optimal, they seem to just use the pizza dough.

            I agree they wouldn't travel. Get kind of soggy, right?

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              wolfe RE: bbulkow Sep 22, 2009 06:37 PM

              There's a special dough for calzone?

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            sorrel RE: majordanby Sep 16, 2009 09:34 PM

            so sad to hear they closed. dopo makes the best calzone i've ever had. i love to get a side of marinara as well! eat your heart out.

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              BrianJC RE: sorrel Sep 17, 2009 12:48 AM

              This may sound odd, but the best calzone I've had in the East Bay was from the Whole Foods in Adam's Point.

            2. majordanby RE: majordanby Sep 18, 2009 09:31 PM

              i tried cugini's calzone today. Pretty darn expensive, but actually quite nice. Not greasy at all with real quality ingredients. the crust was excellent, although the top crust was a bit too thin.

              was going to try lanesplitter, but they told me it was a 45 minute wait. and dopo was too far from me at the time i was hungry.

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                rworange RE: majordanby Sep 19, 2009 08:32 AM

                Thanks for reporting back. I miss Lola's calzone too. Well, I miss Lola's everything.

              2. majordanby RE: majordanby Dec 20, 2009 07:46 PM

                finally tried lanesplitter's calzone. I got the regular, but added italian sausage. The ricotta is quite good, but overall the calzone didnt overwhelm me. It kind of lacked taste. I would probably get it again (probably get the vegetarian version), but wouldnt go out of my way for it. The dough actually seemed fine to me. Definitely not as crusty as cugini's.

                On to dopo...

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                  foodeye RE: majordanby Dec 21, 2009 08:35 AM

                  Put Marzano's on your list to try, if you haven't yet. It's good!

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                  4214 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: foodeye Dec 21, 2009 08:40 AM

                    I didn't try Marzano's calzone, but once was enough for me.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6487...

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