Back in 1955, three Berkley-dwelling businessmen came together with an idea for a restaurant that specialized in something they knew everyone could enjoy. Pizza. And so, the first La Val's Pizza was born. First opening up on Euclid Avenue, the pizzeria grew over the years, changing hands and opening five locations throughout the area. Today, La Val's Pizza of Albany serves up some of the same classic pies from the hey-days of the UC-Berkley pizza joint hangout, using fresh ingredients in place of 57-year-old mushrooms. The Brazilian couple that owns and operates the location have also crafted a menu of Brazilian pizzas, which feature ingredients such as Brazilian cheese, smoked meat, and tan-tan drums.
The cooks at Lanesplitter bake up a menu of New York–style pizzas and pocket-like calzones, and bartenders at the three pub locations pour a large selection of microbrews. An army of nearly 30 meaty, veggie, and vegan toppings stands ready to occupy thin neapolitan or thick sicilian crusts in combinations such as the herbivore's spinach, mushrooms, onions, and olives ($23.50 for a 19-inch) or the garbage pie's heaping mélange of spiced meats and crisper-drawer items ($27.50 for a 19-inch). The bar's taps have recently flowed with Racer 5 by Bear Republic, E.J. Phair's doppelbock, and hand-pumped Bombay by Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company. Some locations host art openings, where diners and drinkers may admire photography, paintings, or mosaics made entirely of anchovies.
Little Star Pizza has been featured in the press including mentions from Frommer's, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, and SF Weekly which all say the pie is worth the wait; Yelpers give it a four-star average:
Dress down for your next pizza party — Albany Pizza Company serves a low-key slice.
For healthy meals low in fat, check out Albany Pizza Company.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at Albany Pizza Company, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Whether you have a large or small group, Albany Pizza Company can accommodate both.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Casual dining at its best, Albany Pizza Company customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from Albany Pizza Company.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Albany Pizza Company cater for you.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Albany Pizza Company's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a date at Albany Pizza Company.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Albany Pizza Company serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Cugini Restaurant creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
It s best to save your lighter eating habits for another day, though, as
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Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Cugini Restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
At Cugini Restaurant, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Cugini Restaurant has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Dress is typically casual at Cugini Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If time is of the essence, Cugini Restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Call Cugini Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Cugini Restaurant offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Cugini Restaurant.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Cugini Restaurant.
A pasta-lover's paradise, Nizza La Bella is the perfect place to see and be seen — this chic restaurant serves Italian food with a twist.
Nizza La Bella's kitchen is creating great food that everyone can enjoy.
Nizza La Bella is not only a restaurant, it's also a bar.
Nizza La Bella is great for families with kids.
At Nizza La Bella, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Nizza La Bella.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Casual dining at its best, Nizza La Bella customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
For those in a hurry, the bar lets you take your meal or snack to go.
You can also serve food from Nizza La Bella at your next party — the bar offers catering.
Free parking is available right next door.
Nizza La Bella's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Taste the greatness Nizza La Bella is serving up with meals around $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the bar, but the dinner menu is the real standout.