If you crave the taste of wood fired pizza and authentic Italian cuisine, you need to check out Cugini Manzone in Berkeley. You can choose between outdoor and indoor seating based on your dining experience preferences. The interior of Cugini Manzone is laid-back, family-friendly and casual. Diners can watch as experienced cooks place their pizza into the wood fire oven to ensure that it is cooked to delicious perfection.
Pizza is not the only menu option you will find when you visit this restaurant. You can also choose calamari fritti, Caesar salad, pesto pizza calzone, gnocchi and chicken parmigiana. There are so many different menu options to choose from that you are sure to find something that will satisfy your taste buds. Stop in at Cugini Manzone for lunch or dinner to fulfill your appetite for scrumptious and authentic Italian cuisine.
We eat here frequently -- it's in the neighborhood -- and the food and service have been consistently good, but this week they outdid themselves. The special on Friday, a grilled prawn garlic fettucini, was indeed special -- exquisitely flavorful. We savored as much as we could of the ample entreel and then brought home the few bits we couldn't finish. I think this is a sign that they're rising to the challenge of being in a special neighborhood where residents are used to fine food; ordinary won't do here.
Also consistently good is the caesar salad. Ditto the local-label olive oil. Consistently bad, on the other hand, is the bread. How on earth can a restaurant in Berkeley, of all places, serve such bland bread?
The food was disappointing. We were a group of 11 for lunch. The crab cakes smelled fishy, the meatballs were cold inside, and one order came out a solid 10 minutes after all the rest if us were served. Not worth a re-visit.
We stopped in here for dinner before a local event and my wife was pleased to find gluten-free pizza on the menu. We each had a really good salad and then shared a pizza. I don't care about the gluten-free stuff yet found the pizza really delicious.
I really wanted to like this neighborhood restaurant. It has the potential to be a great experience due to its location adjacent to an alley where tables can spill onto the sidewalk for outside dining. Unfortunately it is a little expensive ($250 excluding tip for party of 6 including 2 bottles of $35 wine) for a casual neighborhood restaurant and the food doesn't justify the expense. I would accept the prices if the food were better, but the food is only marginal. Nothing was bad, but nothing was really good either. 2 people at our table had the chicken parmesan and both entrees were overcooked, with the cheese on top noticeably darkened so its not as if the chef couldn't tell, but they served them anyway. The mussels appetizer was ordinary, the frutti di mare was substandard, and nothing anyone ordered really stood out as good. There are too many excellent restaurants to choose from at this price point to justify returning here, despite the convenience of the location. That is too bad, as I grew up eating at a neighborhood Italian restaurant almost every week and was hoping this could be that place, but it just doesn't deserve to be it. Still in search of good Italian in the Rockridge/Elmwood area to be a regular go to place.
Accommodating staff, good plentiful food though not an enormous variety. Bit noisy.
Wait staff made one bad mistake, forgetting a dish and needing a forceful
reminder. Has a section outside which might be quieter.
We've had a few meals at this place, with two to eight people. The welcome and service have always been very pleasant, almost every dish we've tried absolutely delicious with nice portions, the interior is very nicely done and great for any weather, any time of day. Always a pleasant experience --
Salmon salad was nice presentation but salmon overcooked and lacked flavor. Our server was friendly.
Tight entry, worked our way to the counter to have glass of wine. Were keep informed as to where we were on our reservation.
Attractive place, good service and location on college but excitement about wood fire oven pizzas extinguished by burned taste, heavy dark charcoal underneath one Margarita and one potato pizza. Also, and maybe I'm spoiled by The Cheeseboard's potato pizza, the potato pizza tasted too starchy perhaps because the potato slices are too thick?
The mixed green and beet salads were best thing which is sad to say about an Italian pizza and pasta restaurant. Re the latter, the Rigotoni with read meat sauce was very average in terms of both pasta (harder than al dente) and sauce (plain, nothing special) while the linguini with clams did feature plump tasty clams but over average pasta. Considering the market for Italian food in Bay Area, no reasons to go back here unless they figure out how to make great wood fire pizzas and raise their pasta to above average (the restaurants survival will depend on it)..
My fiance and I had been here one other time and we wanted to go somewhere special for his birthday. So I made a reservation on Open Table and requested a great table and told them it was my fiance's birthday. Not only did they greet us by name when we walked in, but they sat us at the table right at the window. The service was perfect all night and they even comped our dessert for his birthday. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a couple looking for a romantic dinner. Our experience at Cugini Manzone was perfect!