Restaurants & Bars

San Francisco Bay Area Pizza

Arinell's vs. Pie in the Sky pizza


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Restaurants & Bars 1

Arinell's vs. Pie in the Sky pizza

anli | Mar 25, 2006 07:55 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.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound