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Top This: The Cheese Board's Mushroom, Onion, Mozzarella, Ricotta Salata, Arugula and Lemon Vinaigrette Pizza

The Cheese Board Pizza Collective may be the only pizzeria capable of perfection by committee. At this co-op kitchen there's no boss, no underlings, no master pizzaiolo. Everyone's opinions and preferences get equal attention, resulting in incredible topping concepts. For this edition of Top This, we learn how to make their addictive mushroom-, onion- and arugula-topped pizza. More

Oakland: Zachary's Makes Good Stuffed Pizza But with a Lackluster Crust

Zachary's Pizza is an East Bay icon, specializing in stuffed pizza. The pan starts with a layer of dough, followed by a hefty layer of mozzarella and toppings. Another thin layer of dough is added on top of the cheese and goodies before the robust sauce covers it all. While the cheese is hearty and the sauce is rich, I found the crust at Zachary's to be a bit disappointing. More

San Francisco: Pizza at Blondie's Doesn't Justify the Crowds

Blondie's Pizza embraces their flower power pedigree, choosing toppings that pizza purists might find distinctly psychedelic—and not always in the good trip sort of way. Though I'm no purist, I struggled with the toppings, and finding them layered on top of a disappointing crust left me slightly aghast at the droves of customers who choose Blondie's over other local slice shops. More

Berkeley, California: Bobby G's Pizzeria

Please welcome Brad Japhe (Diehard Nation) to the Slice fold. (Or should I say "fold hold"?) Brad will be around periodically with pizza reviews from around the Bay Area. His first is from this joint in Berkeley that reminds Mr. Japhe of where he grew up--NYC--but that has one distinct advantage ... burp!. Take it away, Brad! —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Brad Japhe] Bobby G's Pizzeria 2072 University Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704 (near Shattuck; map); 510-665-8866; bobbygspizzeria.com Pizza style: Pizzelle fritte/montanare, Neapolitan, Sicilian, and New York–style Great beer and great pizza—is there really a better combination? Probably, but I doubt it's... More

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