Berkeley's ever-popular Gioia Pizzeria opens at 2240 Polk Street tomorrow, April 18, at 11 a.m., bringing a slice of their excellence to the Polk Gulch/Russian Hill environs. Grub Street confirmed the opening with owners Karen and Will Gioia, who are both vets of Oliveto and Chez Panisse, and Karen actually spent last year working at the critically acclaimed Roberta's in Brooklyn. Look for reclaimed barn wood on the walls of the new space, as well as subway tile and chalkboards for daily specials.
Lunch will feature an Italian "muffaletta" sandwich and a "Philly" roast-pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and provolone. Dinner will feature six pizzas in two sizes, including their signature Julian sweet-and-spicy pie, with prosciutto cotto, parsley, red onion, garlic, aged provolone, and chili. See the full menu here.
Gioia Pizzeria - 2240 Polk Street at Green - Open Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on weekends. Closed on Mondays.
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