Pie in the Sky is a new pizza place that opened recently in downtown Berkeley (it replaced a donut shop). I pass it on the way to work every am, but they don't open that early, so had not tried it. We were having leftover pizza for dinner, so I got a slice to go to add to the mix. I got the "Sky Pie" slice ($2.75), which has eggplant, basil, goat cheese, walnuts, and garlic. I reheated it at home. The crust is partial whole wheat and very thin. On reheating it tasted almost pastry-like. That is, I couldn't taste a yeasty flavor per se. The toppings were flavorful, though a bit spare (and I'm not a fan of overly loaded pizzas). I'm not sure how my home-reheated slice would compare to a slice heated and eaten in the shop and/or a whole pie.
The couple working in the store were very friendly. I inquired whether they planned to have light-baked pies, explaining that many who worked at Cal pass this shop on the way to BART and could then pick up a pie on the way home. The male partner (the pizza guy) seemed open to the suggestion.
The female partner encouraged me to take one of the samples of ricotta tart (she does the pastry baking). It had a not-too-sweet filling and a double crust, like the crostata I had in Italy. I really like this style of pastry.
They also offer focaccia sandwiches (I saw the rounds of presumably fresh-baked focaccia on a shelf), salads and a few pastries.
And yes, it's a block away from Arinell. In retrospect I should have picked up a slice from there, too, to have a complete round-up.
Pie in the Sky
2120 Center St.
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