Italian Restaurants in Berkeley


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The same year it launched its airy Telegraph Avenue outpost, Pasta Bene jumped onto the Bargain Bites 2010 list in the San Francisco Chronicle, which also praised its "friendly" service. Its family of owners, however, arrived with 20 years of experience behind the scenes of area Italian restaurants, meaning that its menu of stone-fired pizzas and hearty entrees leavened with California freshness came together naturally. In 13 pasta dishes, noodles entwine with slow-photosynthesized seasonal vegetables and rich tomato and cream sauces, while the dessert menu may suggest an easier choice with its house-made tiramisu, a customer favorite. Wooden rafters and iron chandeliers vault over the casual, sunlit dining room overlooking a street-side patio.
2565 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley,
CA
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Gioia Pizzeria Will and Karen Gioia passion for cooking has taken them everywhere from the coveted kitchens of Rick Bayless and Chez Panisse to rural France. But the breadth of their travels led them to a singular focus for their own restaurant: tradition. At Gioia Pizzeria, they prep thin-crust pies with locally sourced and sustainably grown ingredients and strive to recapture the flavors of Will's childhood in Brooklyn, which was spent surrounded by Italian relatives and recipes. Today, Will and Karen evoke the same familial spirit at their two locations: a casual countertop spot in Berkeley, and a spacious San Francisco restaurant lit by vintage fixtures. The San Francisco Bay Guardian differentiates the couple's pizzas from greasier East-coast variants, deeming them "New York-spirited, with hearty crust and California-fresh toppings." Pecorino and house-made Sicilian sausage sprinkles the salsiccia pizza, whereas the vegetarian butternut squash pizza derives its complex flavors from organic squash, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and gremolata. The Julian—a pizza named after Karen and Will's son—changes its ingredients seasonally, having sported prosciutto, red onion, and garlic in the past. The team's emphasis on homemade fare doesn't end at pizzas, either. They fill their sweet, ricotta-stuffed cannolis onsite and tap their own lemon trees to fill glasses with fresh lemonade everyday.
1586 Hopkins St
Berkeley,
CA
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Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts. It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue's full bar to top off your meal. Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue has kid-friendly food and seating. Large groups will have a hard time being accommodated at Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue. Warm weather brings out Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue's highly coveted patio seating. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the restaurant's carry out and delivery options. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue as well. Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue. Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside. A meal at Extreme Pizza - Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue will typically set you back about $30.
2352 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley,
CA
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Make your way to the table at Paisan, and chow down on swanky Italian cuisine. Easy-to-please items run throughout the menu — pizza and pasta are big here — so everyone can find a familiar favorite. It s best to save your lighter eating habits for another day, though, as low-fat is not featured on the menu here. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Paisan's extensive drink list. Paisan is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu. Paisan is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour. At Paisan, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Paisan. Paisan is a great location to host a group dinner. Your pooch is also welcome at the restaurant. Paisan is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). If you're strapped for time, take out food from Paisan. Paisan's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street. Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Paisan has to offer. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
2514 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
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For pasta with a twist, try Luca Cucina Italiana, a stylish spot for Italian cuisine. With no low-fat options served, come ready to eat your heart out. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Luca Cucina Italiana's menu. Grab the kids when you head to Luca Cucina Italiana — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Luca Cucina Italiana. Dress is typically casual at Luca Cucina Italiana, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. Call Luca Cucina Italiana for catering if you have a big event coming up. Luca Cucina Italiana also offers delivery and carry out if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience. Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Luca Cucina Italiana. Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Luca Cucina Italiana has to offer.
2057 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
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Head to Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria for a bite of Brazil — this mouthwatering establishment dishes out delicious barbecued meats. Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria offers a variety of drink options. Reservations are not accepted at Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours. Jeans are just right for a meal at Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria, which embraces a casual vibe. Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in. Nino's Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzeria patrons can find street parking at the Martin Luther King Jr Way location. Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
1916 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley,
CA
US
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