The choice was easy. With Gaumenkitzel still not open, the four of us tried out the new Italian place (in the old Jamaican spot). It is simple and clean inside and you walk up to the register to order. They have soups, salads, paninis, dry pasta and fresh pasta with different sauces, free range chicken, sides and dolci - all at really good prices e.g. the panini's ranged between $5.50 to $6.50 (Acme ciabatta). We had the polenta soup which was very tasty (tomato broth, polenta, corn kernels, a little morzarella), the chicken parmesan panini, the caprese panini and the eggplant parmesan panini. All of us were happy - looks like a great combination of quality and price.
They also do catering for 6-20 people and free delivery with a $20 purchase in a 1.5 mile radius.
I will definitely be back.
2057 San Pablo Ave; Berkeley; they are open from 11am to 8pm;
Of course it was easy to walk to 123 for a coffee afterwards.