Major disappointment at Cheeseboard Pizza
Since practically everyone I know has sung praise for Berkeley’s Cheeseboard Pizza, it’s been at the top of my list to check out. Well, I went for dinner this weekend, and guess what.
It’s good, but it’s not all that!
Those of you who’ve been there before I know that there’s a pizza of the day, and that’s the only pizza made for the day. The establishment is run by a twelve-person, worker-owned cooperative that collaborates on all the establishment’s operational and business decisions.
The pizza of the day had red peppers, mozzarella, feta, olive tapenade and parsley. The crust was crispy — a little too crispy — and my pizza was unevenly cooked (one side was a little burnt from being too close to the fire). While it was a tasty pizza, it didn’t compare to, say, Pizzeria Delfina, Pizzeria Picco and definitely not Grimaldi’s.
What was lacking? The sauce. Cheeseboard’s Pizza is a white pizza, and it doesn’t include any tomato sauce. There’s just something an earthy, tart, slightly sweet sauce does to take your experience to another level.
Cheeseboard Pizza Collective, 1512 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 510.549.3055