Transplanted East Coasters are always harping on how Bay Area eateries inevitably butcher all the foods of their native coast: bagels, deli sandwiches, and, of course, your standard New York City slice. And while it really is more or less impossible to get a great bagel in the East Bay, there are more and more pizzerias putting out pies that even the most persnickety East Coast pizza purist can take comfort in. Among these, Emeryville's Rotten City Pizza reigns supreme, making pies with all the best qualities of an East Coast pizza: the thin, flavorful crust that's crisp but foldable; the perfect harmony between sauce and cheese; the restrained application of traditional toppings. But let's be even more blunt: The pizza at Rotten City is significantly better (if a bit pricier) than most of what you'll find on the East Coast. What these pizzas lack in greasiness (which some New Yorkers crave), they more than make up for with superior ingredients, including organic veggies and handcrafted Fra' Mani salumi. Make no mistake, though: These aren't frou-frou California-style pizzas with strange hippie toppings that would make your average Brooklynite cringe. No, this is classic East Coast pizza at its very best — perfected right here in Emeryville.
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