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Emilia's Pizza: Keith Freilich Opens Up on Ovens, Bad Accountants, and Pizza Miracles in Berkeley, CA

For the last five years, we've been hearing a lot about the Bay Area pizza scene. That's mostly due to a large swath of legitimately great pizzerias, but the noise has definitely been amplified by big names like Mangieri and Gemignani. Nonetheless, one of my favorite pizzas in Berkeley is made by someone who consciously flies below the radar. Keith Freilich is the owner of one of the more impressive resumes in recent memory...and he agreed to share some of his experience with us. More

Snapshots from Bottling Day at the Trumer Pils Brewery in Berkeley

When it's fresh and crisp, served on draft from a well-maintained line, there's not much that can beat a pilsner on a hot day. But imported pilsners are often over the hill by the time they make it here. Trumer's answer: they brew fresh pilsner in Berkeley, following the recipe and using the same base ingredients as the Trumer brewery in Austria, so you can drink it fresh. More

First Look: Comal in Berkeley, CA

Opening a restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine was something of a no-brainer for Chef Matt Gandin. "This is the food that speaks to me, it's soulful. It's not tweezer cuisine," he said when we stopped in at Comal, his new restaurant in Berkeley. "The tradition in Mexico is to go to the market every day, and to cook what's there. That's the way I want to cook." More

Morning Buns from La Farine Bakery in Oakland, California

Morning buns from La Farine, the French bakery with three locations in the Bay Area, are muffin-shaped but so far from muffins. Flaky, thin croissant layers swirl up around the top like a snail shell, and get a drizzle of cinnamon sugar granules. You pull apart feathery pieces like you're eating a cinnamon roll, except it's not nearly as dense, gooey, or sweet. Tan and crispy around the edges with tender pastry insides, these morning buns are good even when they're not baked-seconds-ago fresh—they could easily be called anytime buns. 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

Pizza Madness 2009: I Left My Heartburn in San Francisco

And my documentation of Pizza Madness 2009 continues. Here, I'm just going to roll up my San Francisco leg into one post, since A) I had trouble getting photos in some of these darkened joints and B) this is where the Neapolitan pies really started to blur together. —The Mgmt. View Pizza Madness 2009, San Francisco Leg in a larger map As I said in an earlier post documenting "Pizza Madness 2009," I knew Seattle and San Francisco were going to kick my pizza-eating ass. I was well-prepared for San Francisco going in, since I've now visited the city a... More

What They're Saying About Emilia's Pizzeria

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] I've eaten a lot of pizza over the years. But I often doubt my own judgment. So when I gave big props to Emilia's Pizzeria last month, even before it opened, I was worried that my taste buds would somehow be off—that people would eventually try it and then tell me I'm full of crap. Well, the first of the UGC-review-site reviews are rolling in, and they're unanimously good so far. Witness the thread on Chowhound:... More

Emilia's Pizzeria in Berkeley Opens to the Public; Hours, Offerings Limited for Now

Ignore the sign above. Emilia's is now open to the public, though in limited capacity. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Early last month I had the pleasure of getting an early taste of Emilia's Pizzeria in Berkeley, California. If the pizza I had during that friends-and-family event is any indication of what it is now that Emilia's is in soft open mode, Berkeley residents are in for a treat. The refreshingly unpretentious non-Neapolitan pizzeria started operating in a limited capacity on Monday night. After the jump, Keith Freilich, Emilia's owner-pizzaman explains.... More

Serious Green: Community Supported Kitchens

"A CSK doesn't just deliver local, sustainable product, it provides you with a ready-to-eat meal." [Flickr: Neighborhood Notes] You try your best to be green, buying local when you can, recycling, conserving water, the list goes on. But when it comes to participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) share, you stop short. Unknown quantities of a random assortment of vegetables piling up on you week after week? Eeek. If this sounds like you, or maybe you don't like too cook or find it too time-consuming or too isolating, Community Supported Kitchens to the rescue! A Community Supported Kitchen (CSK) is a new idea to connect farmers and eaters, especially those eaters who wand to eat locally, but currently... More

First Look: Some Great Pizza at Emilia's Pizzeria in Berkeley, California

Clockwise from top left: Emilia's Pizzeria during a recent friends-and-family night, owner-pizzaiolo Keith Freilich, a plain pie hot out of the oven. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] Emilia's Pizzeria 2995 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705 (at Ashby Avenue; map); emiliaspizzeria.com Getting There: By car, it's at the corner of Shattuck and Ashby avenues; closest BART stop is the Ashby Avenue Station Pizza Style: Thin-crust, New York–coal-oven-esque Oven Type: A very hot Wolf "Pizza Grande" gas-fired oven The Skinny: Whether you're a whiny New Yorker looking for familiar-tasting pizza or someone who's never set foot in the Big Apple, the pizza at... More

First Look at the New Berkeley Bowl West in the Bay Area

Seven years and $30 million in the making, Berkeley Bowl West, a younger sibling of the more than 30-year-old Berkeley Bowl (what some call the independent grocery store Promised Land) in South Berkeley, California, is finally open. According to the blog Scavenging, the deli section "could outfit every picnic in the state, and "its 16 grocery aisles resemble airport runways (for small planes, but still)." Eventually, there will also be an adjoining cafe with made-to-order dishes from the wood-fired oven and rotisserie. Berkeley Bowl West 920 Heinz Avenue , Berkeley CA 94710 (at Eighth Street; map) 510-898-9555; berkeleybowl.com... More

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