Alex and Patrick introduced me to Pizza Moda on University Ave. in Berkeley. The room is stylish and modern. Several huge Italian movie posters hang on the wall, highly appropriate to the menu, although Alex tells me that they are survivors from a previous restaurant at this location.
Alex and I went for the Calabrian chili pizza. The chili added just occasional touches of heat to contrast with the rest of the ingredients. The cheese was quite good. The crust was the right combination of crunchy and chewy, with a satisfying wheaty taste. Patrick went for a pasta dish that looked huge.
For dessert, I had the flourless chocolate tart. It was a good complement to the dinner, providing sweetness and bitterness of chocolate without too much sweetness. Alex had the fruit tart, which he made to disappear without complaint.