Berkeley News: Cakes and Purls, Sliver Pizzeria

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Seven-layer and pignoli cookies; from Cakes and Purls’ Facebook page.

You a fan of sweets? And knitting? Even if you only like one of those two things, swing by the new ~CAKES AND PURLS~ in downtown Berkeley to get your fix. Nosh mentions the owner is Marie Sitaro, who is trying to encourage everyone to slow the hell down, take a seat, and enjoy some New York-style pastries inspired by Sitaro’s childhood in Brooklyn. Hello, cheesecake. She has some chops (oh, you know, Jean-Georges), and will be using local ingredients when possible. Open Mon-Tue and Thu 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12, closed Sun and Wed. 2115 Allston Way at Shattuck, Berkeley, 510-457-8446.

Not too far away, a liquor license change for Sportivo reveals new owners (and a new name): ~SLIVER PIZZERIA~. Nosh mentions Sliver is due to open in January 2013, and Sportivo is closing December 15th. 2132 Center St. at Shattuck, Berkeley, 510-301-6280.