Benchmark Pizzeria

Italian Restaurant
1568 Oak View Ave., Kensington, CA 94530 1568 Oak View Ave., Kensington Directions
Today 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Closed All Hours
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Pizza, Italian, Pasta
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon
    Closed
    Tue-Thu
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Fri-Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Pizza, Italian, Pasta
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
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Report | 9 months ago
Pizza okay, but don't order the salted ice cream--it was like eating straight salt!
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Report | 2 years ago
Amazing food - among the very best pizza I've ever had (and don't even get me started on the calzone!). Beautifully designed space. Wonderful service. I'll be back!
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Report | 4 years ago
we've been a few times and really love the menu! it would be nice to have something for the kids to munch on while waiting to order and then for pizzas to cook. the appetizers are great for adults, but most kids don't eat them.
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Report | 4 years ago
Absolutely fantastic!!!
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Report | 4 years ago
lovely service, great food!
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Report | 4 years ago
Had a very nice time, will be back.
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Report | 4 years ago
nice neighborhood eatery
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Report | 4 years ago
great waitstaff
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Report | 4 years ago
I am a new fan of your restaurant. The crust on your pizza is light and fabulous, the sauce is wonderful and not strong and over powering. Ceasar salad was delicious. Everything done with a light touch so really nice.
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Report | 4 years ago
i wish you success so you'll be around for a long long time
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From Our Editors

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.

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Benchmark Pizzeria

Sun
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon
Closed
Tue-Thu
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri-Sat
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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