Gioia Pizzeria

★★★★★
  • 1586 Hopkins St

    Berkeley, CA 94707

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  • 510-528-4692

About Gioia Pizzeria

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Located in a quaint neighborhood, residents of the Bay Area consider Gioia Pizzeria to be the only pizzeria that offers true New York style thin crust pizza. The menu is very limited, including a selection of only 7 types of pizza, however the pizzas are very unique with toppings such as cremini mushrooms, fatted calf fennel sausage, capers etc. Prices are somewhat expensive at $3.25/slice and $23/pie however the serving sizes are generous and the quality of the toppings are worth the price. Gioia is the quintessential example of a ??hole in the wall?? restaurant, as there is less than ten seats inside, all of which are stool seats. However, there is a bench and a few chairs outside on the sidewalk. They close at 8PM however I have learned from personal experience that if you come anytime after about 6:30PM, your options are limited to only 2-3 pizzas, usually the less popular or plain ones such as the basic cheese. A little side note- if you ask an employee for some specialty toppings such as extra anchovies, fresh chili peppers etc, they have them behind the counter for only those who ask and will happily top your slice with it!

4
★★★★☆

Located in a quaint neighborhood, residents of the Bay Area consider Gioia Pizzeria to be the only pizzeria that offers true New York style thin crust pizza. The menu is very limited, including a selection of only 7 types of pizza, however the pizzas are very unique with toppings such as cremini mushrooms, fatted calf fennel sausage, capers etc. Prices are somewhat expensive at $3.25/slice and $23/pie however the serving sizes are generous and the quality of the toppings are worth the price. Gioia is the quintessential example of a ??hole in the wall?? restaurant, as there is less than ten seats inside, all of which are stool seats. However, there is a bench and a few chairs outside on the sidewalk. They close at 8PM however I have learned from personal experience that if you come anytime after about 6:30PM, your options are limited to only 2-3 pizzas, usually the less popular or plain ones such as the basic cheese. A little side note- if you ask an employee for some specialty toppings such as extra anchovies, fresh chili peppers etc, they have them behind the counter for only those who ask and will happily top your slice with it!

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Excellent Pizza
Webster's dictionary defines excellence as the quality or condition of being excellent.
Come earthlings, eat.

2
★★★★★

Excellent Pizza
Webster's dictionary defines excellence as the quality or condition of being excellent.
Come earthlings, eat.

Pros: #1

Cons: N/A

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THEY PUT TOPPING NOT HERE THEN THERE DOTORG
THEY BLEEST THE TOPPING >>> I EAT THE PIZZA THEN GET CRUSHED AND BEERN
DON'T BE A HEATER >> GOYA NOT THE KING KING KING KING
CHING CHING CHING CHING

2
★★★★★

THEY PUT TOPPING NOT HERE THEN THERE DOTORG
THEY BLEEST THE TOPPING >>> I EAT THE PIZZA THEN GET CRUSHED AND BEERN
DON'T BE A HEATER >> GOYA NOT THE KING KING KING KING
CHING CHING CHING CHING

Pros: NOT SICK LIKE THE MET FROM NEW YORK

Cons: I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS A CON

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This is the perfect place to grab a slice and keep on walking..Pizza is hot and gooey. And..it comes to you super fast!!!The slices are cheap and tasty too!

4
★★★★☆

This is the perfect place to grab a slice and keep on walking..Pizza is hot and gooey. And..it comes to you super fast!!!The slices are cheap and tasty too!

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Best pizza in Berkeley. Why? Best quality cheese, great sauce, excellent crust and toppings. My favorite is the mushroom.

2
★★★★★

Best pizza in Berkeley. Why? Best quality cheese, great sauce, excellent crust and toppings. My favorite is the mushroom.

Pros: great ingredients, best pizza

Cons: no table seating

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Are you homesick for New York? After many pizza eating disasters in Berkeley, I found this place to be the closest to New York Pizza that you'll find. Only downfalls are that it's a bit greasy, and you are pigeonholed into ordering from only 3 different pizzas. But, it's tasty: thin crust, good as you're going to get to NY.

4
★★★★☆

Are you homesick for New York? After many pizza eating disasters in Berkeley, I found this place to be the closest to New York Pizza that you'll find. Only downfalls are that it's a bit greasy, and you are pigeonholed into ordering from only 3 different pizzas. But, it's tasty: thin crust, good as you're going to get to NY.

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Made by a New Yorker, favorably reviewed by New Yorkers, great Brooklyn style (the best) pizza, better than much of the pizza I've had in Manhattan...kwitchyerbitchin' and eatchyer slice.

2
★★★★★

Made by a New Yorker, favorably reviewed by New Yorkers, great Brooklyn style (the best) pizza, better than much of the pizza I've had in Manhattan...kwitchyerbitchin' and eatchyer slice.

Pros: Cheaper than a flight to New York.

Cons: Closed on Mondays

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

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As an East Coast/NY transplant, I was pretty disappointed with the pizza choices in the Bay Area when I moved here. That is, until Gioia opened up. They're simply THE BEST, most authentic, NY-style pizza around. Amen!

2
★★★★★

As an East Coast/NY transplant, I was pretty disappointed with the pizza choices in the Bay Area when I moved here. That is, until Gioia opened up. They're simply THE BEST, most authentic, NY-style pizza around. Amen!

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Best pizza I've ever had (and I've had plenty), combined with a very friendly staff. I'll be back....often.

2
★★★★★

Best pizza I've ever had (and I've had plenty), combined with a very friendly staff. I'll be back....often.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Divine pizza, interesting toppings, amazing crust.

Cons: Way too costly, at least by the slice, no place to sit

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: as close as it comes, reasonably priced

Cons: coud use some tables

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: perfect slice, cheap eats

Cons: have to go to Berkely, not open late, closed mondays

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We stumbled onto this place when we saw the line of people waiting to buy a slice. Boy are we glad we did. They serve thin, authentic NY style pizza. Our realtor, a NY transplant also told us about Gioia's. He goes there every week to get his fix. You can buy by the slice or by a pie. Slices run less than $3 so you can try several. This place is so good, my hubbie and I can finish a whole funghi pie by ourselves.

PROS: Inexpensive, fast, and good
CONS: The no longer serve the meatball pizza

5
★★★★★

We stumbled onto this place when we saw the line of people waiting to buy a slice. Boy are we glad we did. They serve thin, authentic NY style pizza. Our realtor, a NY transplant also told us about Gioia's. He goes there every week to get his fix. You can buy by the slice or by a pie. Slices run less than $3 so you can try several. This place is so good, my hubbie and I can finish a whole funghi pie by ourselves.

PROS: Inexpensive, fast, and good
CONS: The no longer serve the meatball pizza

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: delicious, like real NY pizza, nice folk

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With its tiny counter, 18-inch thin-crust pies and touch of attitude, this gourmet pizza joint on Hopkins Street serves pies and slices to throngs of locals. Unfortunately, better-than-average pies come at the expense of lackluster…

 

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