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