From a reader: I am looking for a great pizza place in the East Bay/Oakland area. Which is your favorite?
Two places come quickly to mind: Pizziaolo and Boot & Shoe Service, both owned by Charlie Hallowell, who worked many years at Chez Panisse and uses the same keen sensibilities. Both locations have similar menus that go beyond the excellent pizza. Not only do I love the pizza but they have some of the best salads I’ve had, and at Boot & Shoe Service the cocktails are also first rate.
(P.S. He went to Boot & Shoe and wrote me back: “Best pizza since the pizza I had in Naples.”)
Photo above: The squid pizza at Boot & Shoe Service via The Chronicle.