2995 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Good- the site is confusing, you have to click into it to select a time to pick up your pizza (not just refresh the front page like I did for several days). Crust is very good, just wish there was more tomato sauce. Pizza was ready exactly at the expected time- lots of metered parking right in front so picking up was not at an issue.
Emilias pizzeria is absolutely fantastic. EAST BAY AND BAY AREA LISTEN UP. IM FROM PHILADELPHIA AND THIS PLACE HAS BETTER PIZZA THAN SOME PLACES IN NYC AND SURROUNDING EAST COAST!! A MUST HAVE! Quality is there on everything. The tomatoes are unbelievably sweet. Mozzarella is fresh as could be and the dough is unbelievably soft with a crunch on every bite. I couldn’t recommend this place enough to anybody and will definitely be stopping by many more times. I’ve tried a lot of the Renown pizza places in the Bay Area but I’m sorry Emilias. You 1 THOUSAND PERCENT TAKE THE CROWN! Phenomenal food ??❤️ ?
I was NOT into my time slot.I was NOT into how good this pie was. It was stupid good. What is in that crust?!
Best pizza in the bay. Like eating a baby angel. Took me back to New Haven and NYC as a little boy. Chewy crust, amazing flavor and everything was just perfect. Don't want to recommend too much so I can still get a time slot.
Had a great experience with Emilia's. Went through the callback system, and the pizza was ready at the exact time that I scheduled to pick up. Pizza was incredibly fresh and easily some of, if not, the best pizza in the Bay Area that I've had. I ordered the standard pizza; the dough was light and airy with the perfect amount of char, sauce was pure and not messed with too much, and the amount of cheese was lagom (Swedish word for not too much, not too little). I plan to come back here a lot more.
Pros:Some of the best pizza I ever had. Got half Pepperoni and Cheese and half mushroom and onions for the wife. We both really enjoyed it and specially because of the price. pretty cheap compared to other spots of this quality. Cons:I found the ordering process to be too much of a hassle and too be honest, it might be the reason I don't order again. Having to save your spot online at 9 am and then having to wait for a call back so you can make your order doesnt seem worth it for me. Dont get me wrong, the pizza is delicious which is why im giving it a 4 star review.
Pizza is the best in berkeley but its very difficult to get a takeout order at a reasonable time. I used the callback system twice recently right when it opened at 9am and was only given options to pickup after 9pm
The best pizza in the bay.
I was really looking forward to trying this place after reading a few reviewers declaring this was the best pizza they've ever had. Unfortunately, Emilia's didn't live up to the hype. Firstly, I never experienced a more complicated ordering system. Online ordering opens at 9 am. I advise logging on precisely at 9 am, as I waited until 9:45 on my first attempt and they were completely sold out for the day by then. On my second attempt, I logged on exactly at 9, was placed in a que, and was able to submit an order by 9:15. Emelia's will then call you back in the afternoon between 3:30 - 4, where you tell them what specifically you want to order and then they give you a pick-up time, which is not really flexible. They told me 8:20 pm pick-up. Great. I understand it is a one-man show, and that is part of this place's appeal, but all the hoops and jumps to place an order weren't worth the trouble for me. It is also pretty pricey at around $30 for a pie with toppings. Cash-only (you can't pay by credit card online). Taste-wise, it was solid, quality New York style pizza. But I wouldn't say it was the best pizza I've ever had (or the best NY pizza I've had). It's good. But for all the trouble it was to get a pizza, it better be pretty epic.
I've lived across the street for a year and a half and managed to get a pizza once. It's apparently a rather eccentric dude who doesn't need to make money and loves making pizza slowly. The pizza is quite good, but not amazing. When I was 20 I would have thought it was cool and set a timer on my phone to call at 4 p.m. to get a pizza by 8 p.m. Now, I just find it unbearably pretentious. Good for him and all, but I'd rather have a place I can just call up and get a pizza when I want one.
Of all the food businesses in the Bay Area Emilia's has probably changed the least in terms of operations - it's trucking along as before and turning out the finest pizzas in the East Bay, and possibly the whole region. But it's the same setup as pre-COVID - order, pick up, take home and inhale that za. But in order to get your hands on one of these marvelous pies you'll have to jump through some hoops first. Emilia's is only open Wednesday to Saturday, and only in the evening. To place an order you call and order and are given a time of pickup. Reservation calls start at 4pm, but you are highly advised to sign up early on the website - I got through at just after 4pm and the earliest slot was 9:10pm. It was worth the wait. Emilia's combines a great thin-crust pizza base, with a slightly puffy rim, with a roughly 18-inch pie. The chef uses a mix of cheeses and an amazing tomato sauce, and has five pre-set pizza types, or you can build your own, with a maximum of four toppings. My better half is a New Jersey girl (aka massive pizza snob :) and will never touch a West Coast pizza but was seduced by an Emilia's. It's also good enough that I cheerfully can leave a slice in the fridge and have it for breakfast the next morning, since good cold pizza is the food of the gods.
Bit of a strange ordering system, but the pizza is great! It is worth the trouble. The pizzas are quite big, so, even though the price is high, it's worth it.
I'm sure the pizza is good, but good luck getting one. They use an arcane sort of call back system. If you want a pizza at a reasonable hour to be eating pizza, at the very least you'll seem to need to log on their website at 9am. I recently set my alarm and was able to add my information to a form that said I'd receive a call back later in the afternoon. I received no call back. A week later I tried again, just chalking up he first attempt to bad luck. So I set my alarm for 9 and tried multiple times to add my information to the form, only to be prompted to try again in a few minutes. This continued for about 40 minutes till the form finally told me to call back at 4pm. Again, sure the pizza must be terrific, but the process is so flawed and impenetrable, it hardly matters. Waste of time. Waste of energy.
it's good; but just not that flavorful. Very little attention is given to making a tasty sauce, and you have to order extra cheese for the pizza to resemble what you would expect. Crust is the highlight.
The online queuing system worked perfectly for me. Signed up at 9am on the nose on a Saturday, requested a pizza between 6:30 and 6:45pm, got a call back at 3:40pm for a pickup time of 6:35. Pizza was ready and boxed when I went to pick it up - and totally contactless. Left the money for Keith (exact change really helps make this effortless!), grabbed the pizza and went home. Pizza really was the best I've had around here and really does remind you of Napoli. Chewy but crisp crust, high quality toppings. And honestly $25-30 for a pie is standard around here. You do have to do a little planning but I actually like this system. At other top pizza joints, you order, wait a long time, no idea how busy they are - but here - if you sign up early, and get the call back you not only choose but you know exactly when your pizza will be ready. Will order from here whenever the craving strikes!
2995 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705