1586 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707
|Tue - Thu:|
Bike Parking: Yes
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
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
11/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!
08/21/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/25/2004Provided by Citysearch -
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.