2181 Shattuck Ave (Berkeley, CA)

Jupiter Pizza slice

Jupiter's pizza leaves much to be desired.

Jupiter is a fun place to hang out and have drinks.  But it is not a place to eat good pizza.  I ordered their version of the Margherita Pizza (which they’ve renamed the ‘Mercury’) and came away squarely disappointed.

When a pizza doesn’t have tomato sauce, it needs good, rich tomatoes.  Unfortunately, Jupiter’s Roma tomatoes are more like nature’s water balloons.  Jupiter’s cheese and basil are also lacking; you’ll get grease, but not flavor.  Jupiter’s hallmark is their brick oven honey wheat crust, but it all just tastes very homogeneous, bland, and lacking texture.  The service at Jupiter is generally rushed and impersonal; this is understandable when the place gets packed, but it was like this even during my fairly empty visit.

But, if you’re having a few drinks and enjoying live outdoor music, maybe you won’t notice?

Summary: A good place to hang out, but skip the pizza.

Verdict: Skip it

Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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