Boot and Shoe Service
3308 Grand Ave (Neark Lake Park)
Oakland, CA 94609
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Boot and Shoe Service is a new casual neighborhood pizza restaurant from Charlie Hallowell, the Pizzaiolo folks. This restaurant is located in Oakland’s Grand Lake district, blocks from the Grand Lake Theater, and is named after the original tenant of this old building. They focus on local and sustainable products. 18% gratuity on parties of 5+.
Decor, Vibe – Dark big main room with large open kitchen with a large wood burning oven on one side. Good sized bar area in the back. Loud bluesy music, exposed brick, exposed office on 2nd floor, large modern art pieces on the walls
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Boot and Show Service Menu has several Antipasti starters and a large selection of pizzas. The menu can change daily. Limited dessert menu.
Fritto Misto ($12) of cauliflower, red onion, and delicate squash with aioli was a good selection of artery clogging goodness. Lightly battered, crispy but not overly greasy.
Beets and avocado Salad ($9) with onions and citrus vinaigrette was a nice simple salad with very fresh ingredients. The avocado in particular was excellent. Could have used more beets.
Margherita di Bufala Pizza ($13) was the classic with some big dolups of high quality Bufala mozzarella cheese. This fairly thin crust pizza was a little soggy in the middle and chewy on the edge, with a slight bit of spiciness all over.
Local Manila Clam Pizza ($16) with garlic and parsley had perfect crust with no sogginess. This pizza was surprisingly very ‘clammy’ and has a lot of olive oil drizzled on it.
Wild Nettles Pizza ($15) with Sausage ($3) bellwether farms ricotta and pecorino was a heavier pizza full of ingredients. The nettles were like low key spinach greens. Nice sausage chunks and excellent ricotta cheese droppings. Crust was not as nice as the clam pizza but a close second.
Boot and Shoe Service had solid friendly service with no need to chase waiters. Pizzas came fairly quickly. Food quality is solid although it is nice to have the wider menu with pastas at Pizzaiolo. Boot and Shoe Service is a nice casual place to drop in for a quick quality pizza and a drink. The variability in crust quality hopefully will get more consistent. The pizzas are very good although we would give a slight edge to Gialina in San Francisco. Compact reasonably priced wine list with glasses from $6, bottles from $26, $15 corkage.