The Cheeseboard Collective

I’ve been SO extremely MIA on my blog, it’s been months since I’ve posted. There have been countless restaurants I’ve visited and I quite possibly had the best meal of my life in May during the LA Times Food Bowl in a collaboration with Virgilio Martinez and the restaurant Rosaliné. After that amazing meal, Jonathan Gold hosted a q&a session with the Michelin Star chef. Sadly, he and my favorite chef, Anthony Bourdain have passed away in the last few months.

I had planned on writing and describing each dish during that event, but there’s been something poking at me to write about a simple restaurant, so I decided I’ll write about my favorite pizza shop, The Cheeseboard Collective, in Berkeley, CA. Cheeseboard is a cheese shop that has a vast and amazing variety of different cheeses, charcuterie, jams, spreads, baked goods, and coffee. It is conjoined with their pizza shop that has lines forming at opening with eager customers awaiting to lay their hands on a slice of the oh so flavorful pizza.

Cheeseboard serves all vegetarian pizzas, and each day serves one type of pizza. I had it years ago while back in college and to this day, it is still my favorite slice of pizza. I will never forget it… cojita cheese, corn, peppers, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. You can purchase by slice, but why not just purchase a whole box that comes with a few extra tiny slices on top, and share with friends?!

During this visit, I was lucky to visit on a day where they served something similar to my first time. The flavor was cojita cheese, corn, red onion, cilantro and a house made salsa verde drizzled and baked with the pizza. They also had extra sauce for dipping if desired. The pizza is the perfect blend of savory, sweet and acid brought on by the salsa. The crust was thin, crisp, and the dough was perfectly chewy with the cheese melted on it and the corn giving the texture another element. It was so tasty, my boyfriend and I almost ate the whole box in one sitting.

I stand by my first impression of this place. It still holds the title for my most favorite pizza. It’s tough to beat with the live music you can watch while sitting and enjoying your meal. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever passing through Berkeley.

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