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Arinell's vs. Pie in the Sky pizza

anli | Mar 25, 200607:55 PM

Around noon, we were in downtown Berkeley at the library, then were headed towards Epicurious Garden, but were waylaid by a huge shower and the sight of a parking space right by Arinell's. We decided to heed the parking gods and have pizza for lunch. Got to Arinell's ahead of the crowd; I tried a slice of cheese pizza, while husband had the pepperoni. The crust was perfectly crispy, the slice was huge, it was a decent rendition of a typical NY slice, though not piping hot. The rain stopped and we walked over to Pie in the Sky to try a slice for comparison's sake. We asked for a pepperoni slice and a sausage slice, but they only do sausage on a whole pie. Then the owner asked if I wanted to try it with capacolla and I was happy with that. The crust was not as crispy as at Arinell's but we felt that the sauce was more flavorful. The capacolla was in slices, liberally applied with a little extra cheese on top. The ham itself was saltier than I expected, but the pizza was hot like burn the roof of the mouth hot. My husband really liked his pepperoni, said it had a little bite to it. We enjoyed it so much we ordered a whole pie to go. I asked the owner where he learned to make pizza, and he said in Provincetown, where he'd worked at a local bar that served decent 'za. I think overall, Pie in the Sky is a notch better in terms of total pizza enjoyment. The atmosphere is way above Arinell's, and the owners are really nice, and also from NYC. There were a lot of regulars that came thru, and the owners knew all their names.

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