Cheeseboard Pizza

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )

1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California, USA, 94709

A worker's owned cooperative, part of the Arizmendi co-op. Arizmendi is the shortened name of Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, a young priest who inspired and helped found the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Country of Spain in the 1950s. Open Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm, Tue-Sat 4:30pm-8:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, American, Pizza, Take-out, Bakery

7 Reviews

First Review by vduplessis

Great vegan pizza - Edit

So happy Cheeseboard began offering vegan cheese. They were my favorite pizza place before going vegan and now I can enjoy them again. The house-made (by the Butcher's Son) cheese that they use melts really well and has a good flavor. Of the vegan pizzas I've has so far - it's the best.

Cons: Closed Sun/Mon

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How to get a vegan pizza - Edit

A few months ago, Cheeseboard began to sell a vegan version of their Pizza of the Day using the mouth-watering local vegan mozzarella from the fine folks at The Butcher's son. I called before going to see how to order a vegan option because you have to wait in line at Cheeseboard. Here's what they recommend:

Go up to the front of the line (better to go to the workers on the left) and kindly ask them to make you a vegan pizza with the Butcher's Son mozzarella. They'll ask you your name and then they'll write it on the back of their cold case. They'll tell you to get back in line and that your pizza will be ready by the time you're up there. I have always had to wait longer, but that just means that I've already paid and gotten my drinks and a table and can just go to the front and get the pizza when it's ready. This might sound like a lot, but I assure you, it is WORTH IT! This place makes excellent pizza and it's worker-owned, and they're really awesome people! The Cheeseboard is vegetarian too- they never sell a meat pizza.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-17

Pros: Worker Owned Co-op, All Vegetarian with Vegan Options, Very tasty and worth it!!

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Great vegetarian pizzas, cheeses, and pastries - Edit

This place is delicious. They serve one pizza a day featuring fresh veggies. The cheese and pastry shop next door is amazing too. Lots of great options. This place has wonderful community feel to it and is always packed. When we went, it was kind of expensive. A whole pizza is $22.

Pros: Fresh veggies, Delicious

Cons: No vegan options, Expensive

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What they have vegan is good - Edit

I had to go to the horrible, leather-selling shoe store that's two doors down from this place to pick up some slippers for the disabled woman I care for as my main income source and I was hungry so I decided to stop into Cheeseboard and see if they had something vegan because, though it's called "Cheeseboard," it just LOOKED like a place that would have some vegan stuff. And, yes, they did! I got this polenta/black bean/salsa thing that was really quite tasty. In fact, I think I'm going to imitate it at home. They also had a kale side salad that looked rocking but I didn't get it because I wasn't trying to spend too much.

After, I went upstairs in the same little shopping corner to this cupcake shop called Love at First Bite and they have this vegan chocolate cupcake there that is seriously, hands down, THE BEST chocolate cupcake I ever did eat. I mean, I'm not usually a chocolate cake eater, I prefer non-chocolate cake, but I have dreamed about this cupcake ever since I ate it, it's that good. They apparently also have a vegan ginger cupcake but neither of the times I went to this place did they have that. Ever notice how every place runs out of their vegan stuff first? Ummm, guys, maybe do more vegan and less animal secretions stuff. That's my suggestion.

Pros: cupcake show upstairs, worker-owned

Cons: not entirely vegan

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HollyCalifornia 02 Aug 2014 - I think this review is actually for the Juice Bar Collective which is a different restaurant than the Cheesboard (The Juice Bar is about a block away on 2114 Vine Street).  

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delicious pizza - Edit

I don't see the point in complaining that a place called "Cheeseboard" isn't vegan. If you want tasty, meat-free pizza in North Berkeley, look no further!

Pros: good value, creative

Cons: crowded

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not vegan friendly - Edit

go to their sister bakery, Arezmendi, for a selection of vegan goodies!

Cons: no vegan baked goods, except bread, parking

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vegetarian yet not organic? - Edit

The pizza tastes good, but I never understood the logic behind restaurants serving vegetarian fare, and give the impression that they're avoiding the meat industry cruelty, yet use dairy products from the similarly horrible animal cruelty dairy industry. Contradictory. This place doesn't get my support until they start ACTUALLY caring about other sentient beings.

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