Pizza, Antipasti, and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Benchmark Pizzeria (Half Off)

Kensington

93% of 154 customers

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In a Nutshell

Eleven-inch pizzas made with thin, hand-rolled dough and locally sourced ingredients such as mozzarella and prosciutto

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Locally sourced ingredients give you a fresh meal and support local farmers, much like sneaking into an orchard and replacing each apple you eat with a heartfelt thank-you note. Show your support with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for $40 worth of pizza, appetizers, and ice cream for two or more
  • $40 for $80 worth of pizza, appetizers, and ice cream for four or more

The menu, which changes daily, includes the Farm Stand salad with fuji apples and blue-cheese dressing ($10), mozzarella de bufala pizza ($15), la quercia prosciutto pizza ($18), calzones with roasted tomatoes, olives, and ricotta ($14), and . Each pizza is individually sized at about 11 inches.

Benchmark Pizzeria

Owners Peter and Melissa Swanson make their years of food-service knowhow and commitment to locally sourced ingredients the hallmarks of Benchmark Pizzeria. Peter is a self-taught chef who has worked in restaurants since he was a teenager—most recently at Dopo in Oakland—and Melissa has played many roles in the food industry, most recently as a server at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Over their careers, the two have realized the effect that local and sustainable ingredients can have on a menu and a community, and strive to inject those principles into each dish they serve.

Every morning, Benchmark Pizzeria's chefs roll out fresh dough by hand to create their speciality—wood-fired, personal-sized pizzas in a style they dub “Neapolitan” with crusts that stay soft in the middle even as they blister on the outside. After they are left to rise, each piece of dough is stretched and sprinkled with hand-pulled mozzarella and toppings, then placed inside a wood-fired oven, which blazes at 800 degrees. With the pizzas come complementary flavors of organic salads, toasty calzones, and antipasto platters brimming with local, seasonal foods such as Reyes Point porcini mushrooms, pomegranate, and persimmon. The eatery's entire philosophy nods to local sourcing, including its use of produce from organic and biodynamic farms in the area, beers from Oakland's Dying Vines brewery, a selection of small-production wines on tap, and linen napkins from locally grown napkin bushes.


Reviews

The service was attentive and extremely nice. The pizza dough was really good, chewy and delicious.

Tabitha B., Yelp, 8/4/12

The pizza dough is so amazing! I've never experienced anything like it. And the salads are always wonderful

Carrin B., Yelp, 9/25/12

Tips

  • “Food was great, friendly service and soft serve ice cream was a treat. ”

  • “lovely service, great food!”

  • “Wonderful new restaurant--best pizza in the East Bay--run, don't walk, to this cozy Kensington establishment!”

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    Kensington

    1568 Oak View Ave.

    Kensington, California 94530

    510-647-9724

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