The Cheeseboard Collective is not only the best place to find the best cheeses from all over the world at the best prices, but the bread that emerges crisp from the ovens is some of the best artisanal bread available anywhere. The sourdough culture that pervades the breads (and the pizza crust from the associated Cheeseboard Pizza Collective) makes some of the most flavorful bread around, with the possible exception of a few small wood-fired ovens that are hard to find. It is a raucous place, people take a playing card (instead of a number) to wait their turn at the counter - where one can sample any of the exquisite cheeses on display before choosing a creamy bleu and some olives from the barrel - or one can grab a warm loaf from the rack and get in the express line. The place is almost always busy, six days a week; the employees are the owners, so they set the hours and holidays as well as the happy, bustling atmosphere. Since 1974, the Cheeseboard has been one of the true anchors of Berkeley's famed "Gourmet Ghetto" - Alice Water's world-famous Chez Panisse restaurant is just across the street, and it's not uncommon to see a chef in his or her whites picking up some capers or a special sheep's milk crotin to accompany that evening's fare
I love the pizza at North Beach.. I was soo happy to find them in Berkeley.. the pizza is delish.. its ALWAYS SUPER CHEESY and meaty, so please dont ever order extra on anything cause I promise it has enough.. Some of the staff are extremely rude but once u get the pizza... you will probably excuse their behavior.. lol
Now you know what pizza is all about. These guys get it. I had a couple of pies sent over and will never switch. Great great cheese. I'll be ordering again for 100 people before the end of September.