The recession may be (mostly) over and carbs may be out (again), but anyone who feigns indifference at the prospect of 100 PERCENT FREE PIZZA is either lying or possibly a robot. During happy hour at the newish downtown Berkeley restaurant Sliver (which is, by the way, a lovely, convivial, live-music-having place in its own right, 100 PERCENT FREE PIZZA notwithstanding), every single drink comes with, yes, a "sliver": a (generous) half-sized slice of fresh, piping hot pizza, made sauceless and vegetarian in the style of Cheeseboard Pizza (from which many of Sliver's staff came), and covered in a rotating-daily selection of fresh, seasonal vegetables — fresh roma tomatoes, red onions, mozzarella, Bulgarian feta, lemon zest, and cilantro, say; or cremini mushrooms, yellow onions, mozzarella, and French goat cheese. Better yet, this isn't some kind of ploy to con you into paying for an overpriced and under-alcoholic drink: Beers start at $4, cocktails at $5, and there's nary a watered-down "punch" in sight — just affordable, delicious booze and FREE PIZZA for as far as the eye can see (okay, 7 p.m.), which means three drinks will get you nicely drunk and fairly well-fed for about $15. Come hungry and leave your robot friends at home.
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