2995 Shattuck Avenue (Near Ashby)
Berkeley, CA 94705
Emilia’s Pizzeria is a new small pizza place in Berkeley, located about a block from Berkeley Bowl supermarket. Keith Freilich, the owner, has worked at Pizza Hut, Grimaldi’s Hoboken, Pizzaiolo, and Flour + Water in San Francisco and serves up ‘New York style’ pizza. Emilia’s sells pizza by the slice and pie. Regular and sausage and onion were the pizzas available today. They often sell out, so go early and check their Twitter feed. The place was recently on serious eats.
Decor, Vibe – Tiny pizzeria with two small tables run by one person. Most people got pizza to go. Pizza foodies and locals were the main ones eating.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Regular Pizza ($2.75) was a nice big slice of pizza fresh out of the oven. Nice thin crust, but not super thin. Crunch crust towards edges, no sogginess here. Tomato sauce was used sparingly, but the cheese showed some high quality attributes. Mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano are used here.
Sausage and onion Pizza ($3) adds sausage and onion to the regular pizza. He makes his slightly spicy Italian sausage using meat from Molinari & Sons in San Francisco. We wished there was more sausage on the slice.
Emilia’s Pizzeria took about 10 minutes to whip up a new pizza for slices. Prices are typical but the pizza was pretty good, make this a good place to visit if you are into good pizza and are nearby. The place is so small and basic that you can barely call it a restaurant. Cash only. If you want to make a pizza trip, also hit Cheeseboard.