The Cheese Board opened as a small cheese store in 1967. In 1971, the two original owners sold their business to their employees and created a 100% ... More
The Cheeseboard Pizza Collective
The Cheese Board opened as a small cheese store in 1967. In 1971, the two original owners sold their business to their employees and created a 100% worker owned business of which they remained a part. The transition to a worker-owned and operated cooperative relied upon a shared work ethic, high standards, and the strong emotional connections among the group. Decisions were made, after much debate, either on the shift or at the monthly meetings. The new owners shared a belief that the collective process would organically create a truly democratic society.
After reading all the raves & praise about this place, I'm not too impressed with the Yukon Gold potato , Rosemary pizza that we had yesterday. The flavors are good. But, the crust is a little too chewy and the oil level is too high. It's good quality olive oil, but there is too much of it. Nice people, friendly old hippies, just like me. Still, I prefer Zachary's Oakland College Ave pizza more than this place.
Given the long line outside this place I expected more. However it is the nature of cattle to follow. I found it to be very oily, and lacking in flavor. Try Arinells in Berkeley/San Fran for tastier slices. Pepe's Pizza of New Haven CT is still the best Pizza in the U.S.
Whoever says 'it's worth the wait' is understating the magesty of this pizza! Each of their unique, home grown recipees are an amazing blend of ingredients that leave a lasting footprint on your taste buds. My favorite is their traditional corn, caramel onion, mozorella, cilantro, lime, and mild chile...
On numerous occasions, the coop serenades customers with live music, and those who order a box or more recieve an apetizer slice while they wait.
Counter service only, wide variety of imported cheese, hot fresh baked bread. The pizzeria next door (run by the same collective) has fantastic pizza, only one pizza variety per day - take it or leave it - always vegetarian. The pizza is lunchtime only, the line starts forming at 11 but once they open up, service is fast. The Cheeseboard takes lots of days off.
This is great pizza. You don't get to choose the flavor because they only have one a day in a rotating manner. Long lines on the weekends but they've got a system down and serve people really really fast. But the pizza is not like any other pizza. Awesome cheeses, fresh ingredients, vegetarian. You buy your pizza and the most convenient place to sit is on the grassy island between the road where everyone sits. The musicians that play on the weekend are as weird, querky, talented, and awesome as they come.