Best Italian Restaurants in Berkeley

The Cheeseboard Pizza

1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
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(510) 549-3183
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Price range: Under $10

Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Ratings

Rating: 4.7
Rating: 4.5
Rating: 9.5

They have the BEST GLUTEN FREE PIZZA. They are large, oily & delicious. 18inch. Super fun atmosphere, long line all day long but it goes quickly. Tip for ordering gluten free (as suggested by cashier) go to the front and let them know you'll be getting a gluten free and then go wait in line. That way it will be ready when it's your turn. (Though we only had to wait 10 min anyway.)
A great place to grab some great cheese! And just pay attention to their website and what pieces they have I recommend all the pizzas they have on their menu whenever they come out with. I was very satisfied with everything they made up with.
Great pizza unless the day you show up is something you do not like. Most of the time there is a long line, but they move it quickly. I have been going here for years and most of the time it is a 5-star pizza. However sometimes the quality is off, the last few visits have been great. There was a time when we were given an under-cooked pizza or it was far too oily.
We loved the pizza we got at Cheeseboard. It was so fresh and tasty. There was even a live reggae band playing and we got to watch them as we ate. I definitely would recommend this to anyone in Berkeley.
Pizza was good, but there is only one type sold per day. The line was exceedingly long, and I was terribly hungry and grumpy. My friend convinced me to remain patient, which was good because the line proceeded surprisingly quickly. The sauce was a good addition, some sort of garlic/basil sauce. My only complaint is the lack of variety, as I do wish there were at least a few options from which to choose. But it was damn good regardless!

Belotti Ristorante E Bottega

5403 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
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(510) 788-7890
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Price range: $11-30

Hours

Monday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.6
Rating: 4.5
Rating: 8.7

Great pasta. You essentially get Michelin-level pasta for around $15. Had the savory tagliatelle and risotto both executed perfectly. We also tasted the special spinach flan dish that's hard to describe but so good.
Excellent!! A trip to Northern Italy. Incredible Pasta dishes. A must! Make Reservations and have a delightful dining experience.
In general everything was great my rabbit tortellini was a bit salty and my sisters fish was unremarkable, everything else the people in our group had was terrific.
Some of the best pasta I've ever had outside of Italy. Only time I've ever been offered bread at the end of the meal to sop up the extra sauce (sì, per favore!). Plan to go off-hours (like 3 PM) or book your spot well in advance.
Great service. Delicious food. Have to get the polenta dish and the parpadelle with mushrooms-melt in your mouth good

Jupiter

2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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(510) 843-8277
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Price range: $11-30

Hours

Monday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 1:30 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 1:30 AM
Sunday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0
Rating: 9.2

A good place to socialize with friends over beer and pizza. Beyond that, the food selection is limited, and not that good. Service is spotty (took them 3 tries to get my order correct). And while the outdoor garden/patio area is idyllic, on the night I was there, an electric jazz combo was playing so loudly that I couldn't converse with my companion. Next time, I'll stick to the intriguing beer and pizza selections. And get a table inside if the band is playing.
Lots of good food options. Lots of beer brewed there and a decent # of featured beers at any time. Outdoor patio is def the best. Fire pit and heaters outside, live music occasionally.
Great spot! Large outdoor seating area, quality food, and great craft beer. Lots of college kids but whatever. Plus they have Old Rasputin on tap!
Wonderful outdoor seating with really nice music. Best garlic bread on Earth. Great salads and pizza and oh yeah don't forget the beer!
Great ambience and a wonderful patio, nice selection of beer. I personally loved the music and there's live jazz on weekends. And the food is pretty damn good. Easily among the best pizza places I've been to...Ever. and the rest of the food is flavorful as well. And the service is always great.

Sliver Pizzeria

2132 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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(510) 356-4044
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Price range: Under $10

Hours

Monday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.5
Rating: 4.0
Rating: 8.6

Only one pizza per day and everyday is a new option. Amazing! We had one with asparagus and it was delicious paired with their draft beers! Will come back again
Cheap daily slices. Good beer. Good place to meet up. Very fast service. Quick bites for sure.
The pizza by itself isn't necessarily that amazing, although it is still pretty good! The best thing about Sliver is the cilantro green sauce. That alone gives this restaurant five stars. The atmosphere is really nice and clean as well.
Decent thin crust pizza in the tradition of Cheese Board, but I still like the original flavor better. Serviceable spot, close to the Berkeley campus. Although I didn't try it, it also seems to have a bar area . I came at an off-hour in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, but it was still fairly busy so I'm imagining it tends to get packed at mealtimes. Multiple TV sets playing (all different sports games when I was there).
OK salad, mediocre pizza with a crust way too chewy and crunchy like grape nuts. This place seems like the product of your PC local produce fetishism but forgets that using sprouted nutberry whole wheat gluten free flour and cruelty free eggs may simply make a semi-edible slice for the virtue signaling self-righteous. Would not repeat, except for maybe the $6 salad.

Corso

1788 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
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(510) 704-8004
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Price range: $31-60

Hours

Monday: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 5:00 – 9:30 PM
Wednesday: 5:00 – 9:30 PM
Thursday: 5:00 – 9:30 PM
Friday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0
Rating: 8.8

I loved everything we ate here. You will pay a big price, but it will be worth it. Easily the best fried chicken I have ever had (surprising from an Italian restaurant), and the cheese tart is great. Good wine selection, and the cocktails are very tasty ($12 a pop on average). Parking in this area is always tricky, so biking/bus is easier. People make reservations here so it can be difficult to get a table, but as a group of 2 we were able to get a seat at the bar in 10 minutes.
Food is definitely fantastic. The only complaint is that I wish they would have bigger portion sizes. Each pasta dish was fantastic, and the service was superb.
Great service, most of the dishes were very tasty. Recommend home made pasta dishes.
Always wonderful. Service is great! Food is terrific consistently!
Good service, fresh high quality ingredients

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