The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley is definitely a hot spot in town. Always crowded, you can find a line out the door with live music and people sitting and standing by their street side eating area. As for the picture above you can see why it is such a fun and popular place, located in the heart of Shattuck Ave, where there are a hub of good eatery places. Here’s a little more info about the place, and when to come.
So here’s the deal with the Cheese Board Collective. It is located on 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley and has the pizza shop, and then right next to it is their incredible cheese shop, with an amazing assortment of cheese with workers who know what they are actually talking about. The cheese shop portion also has freshly baked bread and pastries that are really great. Also, a little secret is that, if you want to pick up a pizza and don’t have time to wait in the line you can go to the cheese shop next door and buy a pizza already cooked and boxed to take home. Here’s an inside look of the amazing cheese selection.
Now let’s get to the actual pizza shop!
Each day the pizza shop has one flavor a day and you can choose to get a half or whole. To see what the flavor is, you can go on their website and they update it daily. Sometimes the pizzas even come with sauces too. The main reason why people love this place is well, because the pizza is pretty darn awesome. Is it the best pizza in the world? No. But is it pretty close to it and worth visiting? Absolutely. The pizza has a lot of cheese which just makes it so comforting and tasteful. Since their is a gourmet cheese shop next door, you better believe the cheese on the pizza is amazing. Also, there is just the right amount of grease on it. I always like a little grease on my pizza, I mean it adds so much flavor, you just can’t deny it. Too much grease can be gross, but this is just the perfect balance that makes eating the pizza addicting. And trust me, before you know it, you’ve already eaten half the pizza while outside listening to the live music and people watching. Here’s a glimpse of the outside eating area that is so fun to eat in, as well as the line because it is that popular!
Beware, lunch hours are busy, but the line does move quickly and the place does close at three for lunch and then reopens for dinner at 4:30.
As you can see, there are benches and bars for eating and it is a really cool environment because so many people are just chilling, enjoying their pizza with the live music right on the street. It makes for a very fun environment. Honestly, Berkeley has some amazing food places and this is definitely a perfect lunch spot to eat well, meet cool and interesting people, and enjoy some free entertainment whether it be the music or the chaos to buy a pizza.
All in all, the pizza is absolutely fabulous with amazing cheese, just the right amount of grease, and a nice in-between crust of thin and a bit fluffy. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram to stay up to date on all the yummy food places and recipes. Leave a comment and let me know how to die for this pizza from the Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley looks!!!