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Pizza for Breakfast!

ernie in berkeley Feb 20, 2012 04:26 PM

A number of places that serve pizza for lunch/dinner also offer it for breakfast and brunch, usually with an egg or two on top. Here's a couple in the East Bay:

Nizza la Bella has two egg pizzas, the Cyclops (with potato and sausage, no tomato sauce) and the Bonjour Bella (a basic cheese pie with egg). I like the Bonjour Bella, personally. These are just the right size for one person, and only around $8.50.

Zut! in the Fourth Street complex usually has a pie with spicy sausage, fresh mozzarella, two eggs and a sprinkling of arugula. It's $15, but can easily serve two (I bring half home for dinner).

I've seen egg-topped pizza at PIQ in downtown Berkeley but haven't tried it.

Rotten City experimented with an egg pizza on weekends, but they haven't mentioned it on Facebook in quite a while.

The cafe at Olivetto has an egg pizza. I've wanted to try it, but for a long time breakfast hours ended at 11:00. I see from their website that the brunch menu continues into the afternoon now. $16.

And, two others in passing: the Prosciutto pizza at Paisan would be incredible with a couple of eggs on it. When I mentioned it to a waitress, she said people asked for it all the time, but the restaurant doesn't seem to be interested. And the "carbonara" pizza at Bucci would make a great breakfast, but they're not open then.

Over in the City, I see that Zero Zero has a brunch pizza, haven't tried it.

What are your favorites?

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  1. majordanby RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 20, 2012 04:36 PM

    Boot and Shoe Service in Oakland has an egg topping option.

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      ernie in berkeley RE: majordanby Feb 20, 2012 04:44 PM

      Open for brunch, though?

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        majordanby RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 20, 2012 07:06 PM

        only on weekends.

    2. escargot3 RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 20, 2012 04:57 PM

      I've been enjoying Olivetto's breakfast pizza for years.

      FWIW, they also make a terrific macchiatto.

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        l_emily RE: escargot3 Jun 29, 2012 09:56 AM

        The first egg on pizza experience I ever had was at Olivetto's - and it made a convert out of me. I love their brunch, glad to hear that the hours are extended.

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        hyperbowler RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 20, 2012 05:18 PM

        I've been loathe to try egg on pizza since an egg ruined an otherwise amazing 4505 burger, but perhaps I should reconsider. The first I saw egg on pizza was at PiQ, but I've also seen it during the evenings at Ragazza and its on Chez Panisse's current cafe menu.

        Despite it not being on their website, I'm certain Pizza Politana offers a breakfast egg pizza. They're the pizza makers at various East & North Bay and the Tu/Thurs SF Ferry Building morning farmers markets.


        1. Windy RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 20, 2012 09:33 PM

          Does pizza have to have an egg on it to be considered okay for breakfast? I eat bread, cheese, and tomatoes before noon all the time.

          Pizzetta 211 has been serving pizza with farm eggs for 10+ years. Piccino, started by a former co-owner of Pizzetta, lets you add an egg to any of their pizzas. But not sure you need to.

          There are a few places serving tarte flambee (Alsatian flatbread). The version at Noeteca with cheese, caramelized onions, and ham is quite good and available whenever they're open (9 on weekdays, 11 on weekends).

          On the anti-egg side, we had the special egg/ham pizza on a Saturday night at Una Pizza Napoletana, and it was expensive, and the egg was baked in. Not what we expected, or especially good. Give me a leftover Napolitana or Margarita from Pizzeria Delfina for breakfast any day (and half the price).

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            ernie in berkeley RE: Windy Feb 21, 2012 11:55 AM

            IMO, any variety of pizza is appropriate for breakfast, egg or no. There's nothing like leftover slices from the night before. Nizza has one called Mi Favorite, with sausage and chevre (not on the online menu, for some reason), that is perfect for breakfast.

            Even without the egg, the Prosciutto pie at Paisan makes a great brunch dish.

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              Windy RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 21, 2012 04:32 PM

              I couldn't agree more. The best pizza in the morning is the one you don't have to leave the house for.

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            rubadubgdub RE: ernie in berkeley Feb 23, 2012 10:15 AM

            First place I had it was at Rose's Cafe on Union St: smoked salmon, creme fraiche, scrambled eggs or smoked ham, fontina, eggs. This was long ago, but it looks like they're still at it.

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              mattg RE: ernie in berkeley Jun 24, 2012 12:17 AM

              Gather in Berkeley has a selection of pizzas on their brunch menu.

              Mozzeria in SF takes it one step further with their "benedict pizzas" which have both poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

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                Melanie Wong RE: mattg Jun 24, 2012 12:24 AM

                Ok, you got my attention with the benedict pizzas. But do you LIKE it that way?

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                  mariacarmen RE: mattg Jun 24, 2012 04:30 PM

                  yes, totally intrigued. was it good? i'm unsure how to feel about this....

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                    grayelf RE: mariacarmen Jun 24, 2012 06:28 PM

                    I'm all for it. If it's like a regular benny but with lovely crispy pizza crust instead of a toasted English muffin. I am so on a plane :-). More deets please mattg!

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                      Frosty Melon RE: grayelf Jun 26, 2012 08:19 AM

                      Here's my photo of Mozzeria's pizza Benedict from a few months ago. In addition to crust, they also know their Hollandaise, which was tangy and fresh. This reminds me I need to have it again and soon.

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                        Melanie Wong RE: Frosty Melon Jun 26, 2012 01:45 PM

                        Beyond words . . .

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                          grayelf RE: Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2012 05:09 PM

                          Me too, too busy drooling. Only quibble: that damn salad. Mama needs some homefries with her 'za benedict ;-). Thanks for the photo, Frosty.

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                          mattg RE: Frosty Melon Jun 29, 2012 11:43 PM

                          I had this on my first visit and I was very impressed by the crust. Very impressed.
                          I have mixed feelings about hollandaise in general, so maybe someone else can comment as to whether they feel this combination is successful. Personally I'm more interested in returning to explore their 'normal' menu.

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                    chocolatetartguy RE: ernie in berkeley Jun 25, 2012 01:59 PM

                    They have a breakfast pizza with egg, bacon and potato? at he pizza place just outside the Lombard gate to the Presidio. I liked it better than their standard varieties.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 26, 2012 01:44 PM

                      That would be Avellino.

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                      ernie in berkeley RE: ernie in berkeley Jun 29, 2012 01:42 PM

                      sfeater is reporting that the new Gioia pizzeria in San Francisco now has weekend brunch with pizzas.


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