Dinner Down at The Forge

This dinner was so overdue… A while back when they had first opened, I had a quick chat with the “Pizza Hacker” about domain names and such, but hadn’t made it over for a full meal. It’s been months! So inspiration struck- and I’m glad it did. The Jack London promenade on a sunny Summer evening is a beautiful place. The fog hadn’t rolled in and there was no chill to the air! In case it gets there (and it usually does), there are cocktails, fire pits and a wine list ready to warm you and yours.

We ordered a beer and a bottle of wine to split, and perused the menu. We settled on fried cheese curds, smoked chicken wings and two pizzas: a margherita with arugula and a farm egg, and a mushroom pizza that had sausage as a welcome addition.

 curds                  wings

The crispy cheese curds were all we wanted them to be – light then chewy but not heavy in the least. We tried the marinara and also the blue cheese sauce from the wings for a full cheese-on-cheese experience. Like tissue paper on a campfire, they were gone instantly. The smoked wings were a less messy departure from “wings” in general. The smokiness of the meat was there but not blowing out any taste buds and the fat had been rendered out well to keep the grease factor down. These may be the perfect wings!

The pizzas were lovely- so thin, so thin. A friend and I just debated about how thin crust pizzas get soggy and my take on that was that it is physically impossible for the crust to stay crisp, given the sauce and ingredients… So if you want to complain about “soggy” pizza, don’t order thin crust! My crust edges were dipped into the Forge’s dilly version of ranch for a decadent end to the feast.

Service was quick, and they let us linger over our wine after the bill had come. They were doing a great business that evening, and it should continue.


Three of us got out of there stuffed and with a decent buzz for $35 plus tip!! Dinner was economical and totally worthwhile. Oaklavores, go have a seat and watch the world pass by. It’s like a weeknight summer stay-cation…


Oakland’s Pizza Pies

Who doesn’t love pizza?
Thin crust, stuffed, trendy, Sicilian, cold, hot, decked out, or just a plain cheese slice: the pizza pie has stayed in our hearts as a food staple and shows no sign of retreat. Here’s a round up of some of Oaklavore faves

Zacharys: 5801 College Ave. (510) 655-6385
Deep Dish Amazingness!! Seriously, this place has more of my friends hooked than any other pizza joint. It is a very specific craving, and can be used to bribe people into doing things for you! A great place to take out of towners too…

Pizzaiolo: 5008 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-4888
Boot & Shoe Service: 3308 Grand Ave. (510) 763-2668
Chanterelle Pizza:YUM already. Garlicky shroomy goodness, a la Pizzaiolo, and just enough for three. As well, my man and I can show up looking casual, order a pizza and salad to split, call it date night and not feel terribly broke- and its primo food!! It’s tough to get some dudes into foodie joints as that usually means upping the usual dress code. This is the perfect marriage of casual, hella good food.

Lococco’s: 4270 Piedmont Ave. (510) 652-6222
This is such a great locals spot. It’s been open since I was a young kid. My sister used to rave about the pizza and now I agree with her. The gnocchi hold a special place in my hart as well. Call them and pick it up tonight!

Arizmendi: 3265 Lakeshore Ave. (510) 268-8849
Ohhhh goodness. The trouble here is to not buy out the rest of the cookies and baked goods when you get a pizza. A little pricey but made with love and amazing ingredients and the best one is love!!

Lanesplitter : 4799 Telegraph Ave. (510) 653-5350 ~or~ 536 Lake Park Ave. (510) 893-4001
Two words: heart stopper! I love a tune up- a choice of slice and a salad with a great beer and this girl is all set!!

Pizza Pazza: 3905 Piedmont Ave. (510) 653-0157
Never super crowded, this place has slices that you can customize however you desire. Eat there or on the go!

Rustica: 5422 College Ave. (510) 654-1601 ~or~ 6106 La Salle Ave. (510) 339-7878
On a rainy night, there’s nothing so easy and comforting like a “home” cooked meal! You can get a happy Mary’s chicken roasted one of three ways, roasted delicious potatoes and a spinach salad AND a pizza if you want! DELIVERED! They even have vegan options!!

    Hey Oaklavores, what pies did I miss?
    Let me know about your favorite pizza joints!!