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Business/Location: Pizzaiolo
Address: 5008 Telegraph Ave
City: Oakland
State: CA
Zip Code: 94609
Phone: 510-652-4888

Posted by:  Eva Silverman
Photo:  Eva Silverman
A lot of things have already been said about Pizzaiolo, things that I'm not going to repeat here. You should know that the pizza is excellent, gourmet, thin crust, and that the line to get in without a reservation for dinner is usually long, so call ahead. What you might not know is that Pizzaiolo, the renowned pizza place started by another Chez Panisse alum, serves a delicious, simple breakfast of rustic bread, homemade jams and Blue Bottle Coffee six mornings a week (minus Sunday) from 8AM to 12PM. Obviously not your standard brunch fare, but it's a real treat and a perfect morning breakfast before heading off to work, or if you aren't looking for a heavy dose of eggs and butter. The atmosphere is rustic-modern and the toast and jam meal can be had without the longer wait you might experience at the more brunchy places in the East Bay, in fact, it's often near empty and awaiting your greatness. Like the rest of their menu, you can expect local artisan bread from Acme, and the delicious jam comes from Rachel Saunders, whose line of preserves is called Blue Chair Fruit Company. Don't expect the standard strawberry, raspberry, cherry jams here, expect: Tayberry, Brown Turkey Fig Jam with Sherry and Fennel, Rhubarb Jam with Kumquat and Quince Marmalade. Every time I've been there it feels like a special morning treat, without the $10 price tag of brunch…unless of course you get some fancy coffee drink with your $4 toast and jam.

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