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Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

sundeck sue | Nov 20, 201403:09 PM     35

I just got a jump on two Berkeley items I think of as iconic Thanksgiving treats: Cheeseboard Pizza (the celebrated item, not til next Wed--today's a sort of fore-taste) and Crixa's pumpkin pie.

The touted Cheeseboard mushroom pizza is on offer the day before Thanksgiving--and has been our Wed pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a while.

The one I got today: cauliflower et. al.

I liked, as always, the browned pieces of cheese and the well seasoned, thin crust.

But a couple disavowed truths about Cheeseboard pizzas hit me hard:

1. They all taste more or less the same, regardless of topping. (that mushroom is better, more taste from those wild 'shrooms; and maybe they strew more on)

2. They are greasy to boot.

I'm not debunking the Cheeseboard. Only the pizza. The breads are every bit as brilliant as the hype. And, of course, there is the remarkable array of cheeses.

On to dessert: the pumpkin pie @ Crixa. The filling today was as perfect as what I remembered: delicate, seasoned w/ a subtle hand, custard-y almost.

But the crust. Cardboard.

So much heresy. Bracing for responses.

Crixa Cakes
The Cheeseboard Pizza
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