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Perfect PIQ (Pane Italiano Qualita) Bakery in downtown Berkeley

bemused42 | Nov 6, 2010 03:51 PM

I had lunch with my girlfriends a week ago, and everything was so good I went back with the husband and kids the next day. PIQ has it all – a beautiful space, friendly staff, and wonderful baked goods, including panini made on fresh-baked breads, and a huge case of desserts and pastries. It’s worth a visit just for the fanciful bread sculptures – a giant green crocodile last weekend, plus a family of turtles eating lettuce.

The food! My friends and I shared an olive “flute” roll stuffed with ham. The flutes are also available whole – over a foot long, just as many olives as bread. Delicious. We also shared a caprese sandwich on a red bell pepper roll. The roll was airy, sweet, flavorful – even better with the filling of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella balls, prosciutto, and more roasted red pepper. The owner, Nick (?), came by and introduced himself and gave us raspberry chocolate tartlets to try.

The next day my family shared an olive roll with coppa, a mushroom roll with caprese, foccacia with mortadella, and a chicken Milanese panino (breaded fried chicken with a shredded cabbage slaw). My husband (the ultimate foodie) kept saying “amazing” under his breath between bites of his sandwich. For dessert, we had cannoli, chocolate cake, and an incredible nutella and pear tart. Everything was fresh and the perfect combination of texture and flavor.

Why aren’t there lines out the door? Usually you see this quality and sheen at a place on Union Square or in NY. PIQ is an easy BART ride from almost anywhere in the Bay Area; help us keep this gem in business!

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PiQ
91 Shattuck Square, Berkeley, CA 94704

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