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2119 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470437.870968 -122.267583
Monday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South Berkeley
A former New Yorker says "Best Neopolitan Pizza in CA" – To tell you where I'm coming from, the best Neopolitan style (aka "New York Style") pizza in the USA comes from Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Brooklyn, NY. Google/Bing that and you'll see. Arinell's is a close number two.
You can always judge the quality of a pizza by its plain cheese slice, and Arinell's shines here. If you need to dress up a slice with toppings to overcome the basic slice, you're starting out wrong.
And there are good quality toppings here too. Pepperoni, mushroom, onion, garlic - all the classics.
Arinell's is perfect in every way: Just the right thickness, amount of cheese, sauce, and seasoning - cooked to perfection.
You want cranberries, goat cheese, or chicken on your pizza? Go somewhere else.
TIP: Buy a pizza stone for $15 and heat your left overs the next day. Tastes every bit as good as the first slice.
Bloody Good Thin Crust Pizza. – If you prefer the doughy, thick crusts at Fat Slice or Blondie's, then skip this place. But if you love classic Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza, Arinell's is your place. Their crust is perfectly thin and blistered, and barely supports the molten layer of cheese (you'll need 2 hands free per slice) on top. The sauce is tangy and amazingly delicious. A cheese slice from Arinell's is perfect culinary simplicity. Make sure you eat it straight out of the oven for the full experience. Arinell's is esentially a walk-up counter, and their "dining room" seats approximately 8-10 people, so plan on standing up to eat your slice. Seriously some of the best pizza I've had. EVER.
THE BEST PIZZA IN THE EAST BAY – The place isn't much to look at - take your za to go. This is the BEST PIZZA around, and probably the best plain cheese pizza I've ever had - and I'm a topping person.
I fly from NYC for this slice. – Arinell's has been my pick for the best slice since I was a kid growing up in the 70's in Berkeley. Yes, I also dabbled with that Blondie's and Fat Slice action, but nothing compairs to the crispy crust, timed to your liking at Arinell's. I live in New York City now, and I swear nothing compairs well, maybe ONE place. Sacco's in Hell's Kitchen on 9th Ave., an equivilent hole in the wall with all the NYC charms of a men's locker room.
Every time I fly back to Berkeley to see my folks, I gotta swing by Shattuck and grab that skinny slice (or 2) and a fountain soda.
Another 20 year + Fan – If you want consistently GREAT pizza that is non-gourmet, inexpensive and pipping hot.....go to Arinell! I have been going to this place since I was in college. Those "tatooed and pierced guys" (and various variations over the years) are ALWAYS friendly.....even to a middle aged gal like me! So if you want a non-snobby, great pizza experience... this is the place!!!!
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