THE ESSENTIAL SF PIZZA RESTAURANTS
"offering its thin crust pizzas at the newer Russian Hill location, Berkeley-born Gioia is a reliable option for a pie or a slice, boasting inventive topping combos like radicchio and gorgonzola; spinach, ricotta, brown butter, and hazelnuts; or salami, Castelvetrano olives, and provolone."
"With its large space and casual vibe, Gioia has become a Russian Hill standby, drawing families with kids, groups of friends, and even solo diners (there's lots of counter seating). The rustic décor features white subway-tile walls, an open kitchen, and wood and metal furniture. Be warned: the noise level can be a bit high for any intimate conversation. The highlight here is pizza, with creatively topped pies like summer squash with pesto, burrata, and Calabrian chili, or sausage, broccoli, leeks, pecorino, and olives....worth it. A selection of salads and antipasti make for great starters. "
SIX OF A KIND: PIZZA - SLICE OF HEAVEN by Michael Bauer
"If you want the perfect definition for a hole-in-the-wall, Gioia is it. There's a carryout counter and room enough for six stools."
PIZZA FRIDAY: GIOIA by Michael Bauer
"I received scores of nominations for the best pizza places around the Bay Area, but most frequently mentioned was Gioia, a hole in the wall in Berkeley near the famed Monterey Market."
A SLICE OF BROOKLYN IN BERKELEY
"...Will Gioia is recreating the pies of his youth. His extra thin crust, crisp from center to edge, cracks when you bend it, and the toppings are applied judiciously..."
NEW YORK PIZZA FINDS A HOME IN BERKELEY: GIOIA - 5 out of 5 forks
"The mushroom pizza I'm devouring in my car is the perfect blend of New York and Bay Area."