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Fellini - New Pizza/Pasta Place in Berkeley

katya | May 26, 2004 05:43 PM

I've had the good fortune to visit Fellini - the new Berkeley restaurant advertising pizza, pasta, and pints - twice in the best month. So far I've only tried their pizzas, but have been very pleased, particularly by the very crisp crust. The crust tastes vaguely of Cheez-Its(tm), but I mean this in the best way, because the best bite of each pizza slice was definitely the back next to the most crust.

(Incidentally, I never thought I'd write a review where I'd say something was "redolent of Cheez-Its(tm)," and mean it in a positive light.)

The Giuletta (barbecued chicken, corn, grilled peppers, onions, and BBQ sauce) has been the big winner. (My only caveat is to order it light on the sauce because it tends to overwhelm the pizza). The Margherita (tomatoes, basil, garlic) was good though not close enough to the classic version for my liking (this version had too much garlic and cheese).

The pizzas are 12 in. ($9-$13.50) which serve 2 people, and 15 in. ($12-$16.50) which serve 3-4. There is no list of toppings from which to construct a pizza, so instead there is a list of 13 pizza combinations. Our waiter told us that we could get half and half and only be charged the price of the more expensive pizza. I've only previously been given this option for picking toppings - not whole pizza combos!

While waiting for food, tables receive a complimentary dish of tasty olives to snack on. The service is very professional - probably more so than the atmosphere of the restaurant deserves. In general the menu and atmosphere remind me of Pasta Pomodoro (a.k.a. Pasta P) - albeit with pizza and better service at Fellini. The pasta options which are mostly in the $8-$9.50 range sound like they came off the Pasta P menu, and better - they come with a small salad. I can't wait to try the mushroom fettucine (sauteed porcini, shiitake, oyster and button mushrooms with asparagus, and truffle oil) for $8.50.

At lunch you can get pizza by the slice for $4 or so, and I imagine the lunch special - an 8 inch pizza with a small salad for $8.50 - could feed two people.

1401 University Ave. (@Acton)
*Closed Tuesday*

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