Just a sliver: There's a pizza renaissance unfolding in Berkeley and Oakland, home of Cheese Board, Gioia, Emilia's, Zachary's, Pizzaiolo and scores more. Danville's Jules Thin Crust will be opening an outpost this spring in the Rockridge storefront previously occupied by Las Palmas (5804 College Ave.). Heather and Jeff Clapp's signature longboard-shaped pizzas are topped with colorful mixes of ingredients, including artichoke hearts, apple and asparagus, for example, or fig jam, Gorgonzola and prosciutto. Jules has been a big hit in Danville; now the Clapps are looking to score a similar success right across the street from Zachary's.
Meanwhile, in downtown Berkeley, the pizza de resistance
Dungeness days: It's high season for Dungeness crab, and restaurants are making the most of the catch. At the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, which includes Yankee Pier in Lafayette and Lark Creek Walnut Creek, the month of February is devoted to crab-centric cuisine, such as the crab cakes with lemon aioli and apple-fennel slaw featured at Yankee Pier. Details: www.larkcreek.com.
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