berkeley pizza / downtown san diego
After we witnessed that pretty sunset in Mission Beach, Jake and I started thinking about dinner! He suggested we try this place he spied on Yelp called Berkeley Pizza over in Downtown San Diego. Berkeley Pizza specializes in deep dish pizza – there is no wink or trace of a thin slice pizza in here, buddy!
They have slices of pizza or you can also order a whole pie – which will take about 40 minutes to make. This is definitely something you want to order in advance so it’s ready for you! We took the pizza home to eat. I hopped out of the car to get the pizza while Jake drove around the block so we didn’t have to deal with trying to find parking Downtown. This place is located in the heart of the Gaslamp so quick parking is not easy.
[large deep dish pizza / $19.95 + 2 toppings, each topping $1.50]
We ordered a large to share between myself, Jake and T and got it topped with garlic and sausage. The garlic was very plentiful (as you can see from the photo). It looked like the garlic was sprinkled on top near the end of the baking. The garlic was not too browned and added a nice flavor to the pizza. On the other hand, the sausage was very scant! I think there was maybe one piece of sausage per slice… I hardly detected or ate any of it. From the photo I can only see one piece but I’m sure the rest is hiding under the mounds of sauce.
You can see here how high and thick the crust it. The tomato sauce used on this pizza is a chunky style sauce with stewed tomatoes strewn all over the top.
This thing is filled to the brim with cheese! Lots and lots of cheese.
Since it’s a deep dish pizza and it bakes for awhile a while, this has almost more of a “pastry” like taste to it on the crust. It’s flaky and soft, not crispy like some good thin sliced pizza can be. It’s also a LOT of sauce. Like, really heavy on the sauce. It’s a completely different kind of pizza and I’m thinking that maybe it’s just not the style for me.
Jake ended up liking the sauce except for the stewed chunks of tomato on top. The overall flavor was good, but I didn’t like how much sauce it had and I didn’t really like the crust… it’s just not what I think of when I think of pizza! Jake liked this a little more than I did. I thought maybe the oodles of cheese would win my heart but as a package it’s just not my style.
We have also tried Lefty’s Pizza which we also both didn’t really care for. Chicago Deep Dish is maybe just not for us! Are there any other deep dish places in town to try? Maybe we just struck out twice!
539 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101