1512 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Located in the Gourmet Ghetto right next to Berkeley's most famous restaurant, is another culinary institution: the Cheese Board Pizza Collective. The restaurant features a completely flat structure with no employees and no bosses, fitting given its Berkeley origins.
Cheese Board's menu consists of a single type of pizza that changes each day. From what I could tell the menu is also completely vegeterian. The simple menu doesn't keep the restaurant from doing incredible amounts of business. We arrived around 2:30 and the restaurant still had a line out the door and dozens of students sitting on the island in the middle of the road wolfing down pizza.
Roma Tomatoes, Onions, Feta & Mozzarella Cheeses, Garlic Olive Oil, Lemon Zest & Juice, and Cilantro
I wasn't sure what to expect but this turned out to be an exceptional pizza. The restaurant included an extra slice with our pie. After taking a test bite I ended up wolfing down the slice in a single gulp. The pizza bursts with freshness and vibrancy from soft vegetal flavors of the tomato and cilantro to the subtle tang of the feta and lemon.
In a trip filled with exceptional culinary experiences, this simple pizza turned out to be the best single thing I ate during the entire time. I still have a hard time believing the neither of best two meals I had on this trip involved meat. While I am not ready to go completely give up meat, this experience has given me a new respect for vegetarian food. After just one bite of Cheese Board pizza I knew this was something special. Having 4 years to enjoy this pizza might be the single most compelling reason to attend Berkeley.