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Gioia Pizzeria

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(12 Reviews)

1586 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707

(510) 528-4692

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Today: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
Gioia Pizzeria was founded in May of 2004 by Will and Karen Gioia. Located on Hopkins Street in North Berkeley, Gioia is nestled in a food-lover's paradise frequented by neighborhood residents partaking of the delights of the street. For Karen and Will being part of the community is essential. They feel that a connection with a community is ideal for their business, which they envision as a family run joint selling the thin crust, east-coast style pizza of Will's childhood, with a focus on the organic, sustainably raised local ingredients so ready available in California. A defining childhood moment of Will's is going down the street for a slice and a Coke. Will wanted to bring that tradition to the kids of his Berkeley neighborhood, as well as working families and anyone who can appreciate grabbing a slice or a pie on the run, or sitting on one of the stools in the store watching the pizza makers spin dough and their neighbors coming and going. Gioia Pizzeria takes the best of pizza traditions from the old world and the new. Classic flavors and ingredients such as artisanally made sausage, fresh mozzarella cheese and arugula come together in inspired traditional ways, seasoned with the influence of Bay Area kitchens such as Zuni Cafe, Chez Panisse and Oliveto. A staunch classicist when it comes to the fundamentals of making pizza, Will says he "sn't looking to reinvent the wheel, but to carry on a tradition."
Hours
Regular Hours
Tue - Thu:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:
Payment method
master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Northbrae, North Berkeley
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Pizza, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: No

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

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flagpole

08/15/2008

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Best Pizza

Excellent Pizza
Webster's dictionary defines excellence as the quality or condition of being excellent.
Come earthlings, eat.

MIKETHEBESTMETSUCK

08/15/2008

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GREAT PIZZA OF THE BAY AREA DOTCOM

THEY PUT TOPPING NOT HERE THEN THERE DOTORG
THEY BLEEST THE TOPPING >>> I EAT THE PIZZA THEN GET CRUSHED AND BEERN
DON'T BE A HEATER >> GOYA NOT THE KING KING KING KING
CHING CHING CHING CHING

JDandHL

07/08/2008

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Best pizza in Berkeley

Best pizza in Berkeley. Why? Best quality cheese, great sauce, excellent crust and toppings. My favorite is the mushroom.

kmbcb

12/31/2007

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Great Brooklyn Style Pizza

Made by a New Yorker, favorably reviewed by New Yorkers, great Brooklyn style (the best) pizza, better than much of the pizza I've had in Manhattan...kwitchyerbitchin' and eatchyer slice.

chickenbone

11/25/2007

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Great pizza but...

The pizza here is very tasty. However, I feel like the place is a bit ""pizza nazi""-ish. They only have a few selections and you aren't allowed to substitute or do a half/half pizza. They give you a time slot to pick up your pizza, take it or leave. When I was in the store, some walk ins were told that the limited slices at the counter were all they had and that was it. (it was only 6:30) I asked if they had any take out menus and was given a flat ""no"". (I was going to give them to my friends because the pizza is good but I guess that won't happen now.) Also, the pizza is a bit pricey. I think they need to balance the need to run their business their way with good customer service and building the customer base.

angelita8

10/03/2007

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Most Authentic NY-Style Pizza Around

As an East Coast/NY transplant, I was pretty disappointed with the pizza choices in the Bay Area when I moved here. That is, until Gioia opened up. They're simply THE BEST, most authentic, NY-style pizza around. Amen!

bhguy

05/17/2007

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Simply the best

Best pizza I've ever had (and I've had plenty), combined with a very friendly staff. I'll be back....often.

gimmeyum

05/13/2007

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Flavorful and fresh

Gioia's menu may not be huge and their seating is definitely limited (small counter with stools), but they sure know how to turn out a tasty pie! They use high-quality ingredients, and it pays off. Even their plain cheese pizza tastes special. Their mushroom pizza is the most flavorful mushroom pizza I have ever had--tastes like the mushrooms were just freshly picked from the woods.

hezmodo

09/23/2006

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Maybe the best pizza outside New York

This is pizza the way it should be; dripping with just enough delicious tomato sauce, interesting specials you wouldn't even think of, and a beautiful crust -- thin, crisp, begging to be folded in half and eaten New York style. I don't understand why no one else can get the crust right like this, but that's how it is. Unfortunately, at least by the slice, this place is way overpriced. The slices should be twice the size, given what they charge. Even as I get to a place where I don't have to look at prices so much when I eat out, I can't ever order more than a slice at a time because it costs so much. I didn't use to think I was a skin flint, but I feel like I get a much better deal at Zachary's, even if the (thin crust) pizza isn't quite as divine. Still, if you can swallow the price, you'll love swallowing this pizza. It's amazing.

artfxca

04/24/2006

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Pretty darned close to Brooklyn's best...........

I grew up eating NYC's finest pizzas and this comes very, very close..............the toppings, though, enhance the experience. Raddicio and gorganzola!!! Ricotta and asparagus!!!
Will, the owner, is a Brooklyn boy and even without the water (they always credit the water-those New Yorkers), this is yummy stuff!
If you're looking for the flavors (the bubbles in the crust - the runny olive oil) you miss from ole New York - this is the best you'll find in Northern California!

phraser3000

08/21/2005

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Better than ""real"" New York pizza

Props to Arinell, but I truly believe this is the best pizza-by-the-slice I've ever had. (There is plenty of gourmet pizza to be had in restaurants, but slice-able pizza in the Bay Area is almost uniformly terrible. Gioia takes the best of New York - thin crust, bright, not too sweet tomato sauce - and combines it with Berkeley - impeccably sourced ingredients , beautifully balanced toppings (silvery anchovies and strips of chili) organic everything, Chez Panisse blah blah blah....and gets it just right. I wish he'd open a store in the city.

lgm

11/25/2004

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The Best Pizza

Gioia's opened only a short time ago and became an instant hit in the neighborhood. Why? Because it's the best, the only one with real sauce and the right proportion of cheese to sauce. And thin crispy crust.

For those of you raised on fake California pizza with sauce sweet from the can, maybe this will show you what pizza can be like.

Unfortunately, only a few stools at a counter and a bench outside--not a great eat-in experience.