Berkeley's Best Italian Restaurants, Berkeley's Best Lunch: They don't take reservations, so at peak mealtimes a wait is next to impossible to avoid, but Zachary's deep-dish pizzas are so incredible that you won't mind. They start with a layer of dough, followed by heaps of cheese and your choice of 19 toppings. Then another layer of dough is placed on top, sealing in all the goodies. Chunky tomato sauce is ladled over that, and the whole thing is baked to a perfect golden brown. The result is a super moist, chewy and flavorful pizza unlike any other you'll find in the bay area. If you have access to an oven, get a half-baked pie that you finish cooking yourself.
Local Expert Tom Molanphy Says:
Berkeley's Best Italian Restaurants: "If you don't like the thick slices of the Chicago-style of pizza, you can order a thin slice."
Berkeley's Best Lunch: "If the standaard deep-dish pizza of Zachary's is too much, try their thin-style pizza."
Best for Berkeley's Best Italian Restaurants Because: People come from all over the Bay Area to enjoy a thick slice of Zachary's.
Best for Berkeley's Best Lunch Because: Zachary's has been a pizza institution in Berkeley since it's opening in 1983.
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