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Worker-owned Arizmendi, sister to the Cheese Board in Berkeley, is just about the best food-related thing to happen to Emeryville in a long time. Located on a high-traffic, slightly seedy block of San Pablo Avenue (at 43rd Street), the small bakery is chock-full of glorious smells and local characters, just like the original Arizmendi in Oakland. Morning regulars feast on freshly baked scones, pastries, cookies, and breads, while the lunch crowd comes for the pizza. The thin sourdough crust holds daily-special cheese and organic vegetables. Eccentric toppings like sweet potato, kalamata olive tapenade, smoked mozzarella, and basil pesto might deter lovers of classic pizza, but these delicious pies are worth the risk. Eat a slice at the bakery, or take a half or a whole pie home, either fully or half baked. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tues.–Sun.
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