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Cheeseboard Pizza Collective

Summer squash, onions, mozzarella and feta cheese, basil pesto pizza

Summer squash, onions, mozzarella and feta cheese, basil pesto pizza

This was my first visit to the famous Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley – the third stop on the East Bay Food Exploration Tour my friend and I embarked on last month. For years I’d heard about the special pizzas from the Cheeseboard – they only make one kind of pizza each day, and the ingredients change daily. I would have been happy with anything, but I was pretty excited that the ingredient of the day was summer squash. If I can’t have tomatoes, I’ll take squash.
We arrived a few minutes before the pizza shop opened, so we proceeded to explore the cheese shop and purchase too many cheesy breads and baked items for our own good. When you’re surrounded by the aroma of dozens of freshly baked baguettes, buns, rolls, scones, and muffins, how can you resist? You don’t. You buy too many things and add your booty to your stockpile in the backseat of the car like we did.
The doors to the pizza shop opened at 4:30, and a line promptly formed. The service was quick and the tables filled up fast. We got our slices and took them to the bench outside the cheese shop to enjoy. I’m sure the slices would have tasted even better if they hadn’t been subjected to a 10-minute photo session, but we weren’t complaining (well, maybe my friend was, but she didn’t let on.) Oh, and an added bonus – they throw in an extra small slice on top of the regular slice – makes you feel like you’re getting a bargain!

Cheeseboard Pizza Collective
1512 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1517
(510) 549-3183
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Hours of Operation:
Tue-Sat 11:30 am – 3 pm, 4:30 pm – 8 pm

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