Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cioccolata Di Vino

Keep your Oreos, snickerdoodles, Vienna fingers, pfeffernüsse, shortbread, gingerbread, biscotti, madeleines, Malomars, and macaroons: When the milk is cold and the sweet tooth's a-hankering, all we really want is a platter of soft, fragrant chocolate chip cookies. Mrs. Fields and Famous Amos offer perfectly adequate Toll House knockdowns, but when you're craving an ultimate coalescence of butter, sugar, and cacao-bean essence, hie thee to Cioccolata Di Vino, a classy restaurant/bakery/wine bar in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. Their house-made cookies are absolutely packed with top-shelf Callebaut Belgian chocolate and crunchy-creamy pecan shards, so packed in fact that the cookies end up like chunks of candy barely held together with a spoonful of buttery undercooked dough. These endorphin-rich treats compete for your attention with a fine selection of tarts, cakes, gelati, and truffles (plus antipasti and panini), but you can't go wrong with chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk (although that Coume del Mas Banyuls makes a mighty tasty lactose-free substitute).
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