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PiQ, new Italian bakery, downtown Berkeley

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PiQ, new Italian bakery, downtown Berkeley

ernie in berkeley | Sep 15, 2010 05:17 PM

PQ opened yesterday in an airy, bright spot at the corner of Shattuck and Addison in Berkeley. They were offering about six pizzas in what I think of as Roman style: oblong in shape, a few feet long, crisp crust, sliced in straight lines across the short axis. The Margherita had a light sauce and not too much cheese. Another slice had excellent smoky ham and arugula, with a little more sauce this time. Slices were $3.75.

They also offer what they are calling paninis, foccacia with pizza-like toppings, hot or cold, for $6.75. Particularly appealing were the one with ripe tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella di buffalo, and another with generous slices of prosciutto di Parma and mozz.

Lots of loud chatter in Italian among the staff. Italian soda and coffee, baked sweets in a display case, WiFi, sidewalk seating--a fun place to hang out downtown.

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