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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nick's Pizza Starts Tossing Pies in Oakland Today

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

click to enlarge NICK'S PIZZA: MADE IN OAKLAND
  • Nick's Pizza: Made in Oakland

Nick's Pizza: Made in Oakland opens today in Chef Nick Yapor-Cox's hometown.

Yapor-Cox dubbed his sourdough and seasonally inspired pies "Oakland Style" to describe the local and sustainable ingredients that distinguish his pizzas.

Yapor-Cox says it was the Meyer lemons and a longing for real sourdough that drew him back to Oakland with a mission to "make honest food for everyone" -- not just those who can afford it. 

Leaving New York's fine dining scene behind in search of something more fulfilling, Yapor Cox came home and worked as a pastry chef at Ici Ice Cream and B Restaurant before committing himself to a pursuit of the perfect sourdough at Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzeria in Emeryville. 

click to enlarge NICK'S PIZZA: MADE IN OAKLAND
  • Nick's Pizza: Made in Oakland
Yapor-Cox will now make pizzas that are truly his own, serving up five weekly combinations by the slice ($2.50 and up) or whole ($20-$30). On the day of the opening, his "Nick's Pick" pizza pays homage to Oakland, topping Proscuitto, Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh and Aged Mozzarella and Arugula with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. Nick hopes to foster a close relationship between his restaurant and its surroundings by hosting free community meals every few months so that any resident of Oakland has the chance to try a slice of what he promises is some "darn good" pizza.

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