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Berkeley’s Nabolom Bakery has reopened

By Sarah Fritsche on March 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Last summer, when word got out that collective-owned Nabolom Bakery would be closing its doors after forty years in business, it looked like yet another Berkeley classic would be gone for good.

Happily, that wasn’t the case, and yesterday (February 29) marked the grand re-opening of the Elmwood  neighborhood bakery under new owner Julia Elliot.

While Elliott has over a decade of experience working worker-owned bakeries like Nabolom, including Arizmendi and the Cheese Board Collective, the new version of the bakery will not be a collective.

According to Berkeleyside, Elliott along with business partner, Sabra Stepak, will helm the bakery together. As part of the sale, the pair acquired the original Nabolom’s recipes, so look for some of the bakery’s classics to return. Additionally, there will be daily pizza specials a la the Cheese Board Collective.

To help with the baking duties, Elliott has brought on bakers, Aron Ford, former owner of the shuttered Nick and Aron’s Pizzeria and Sasha Crehan, who was a founder of Sweet Adeline Bakeshop.

Hours to start this week will be daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eventually, the bakery will be open Wednesday-Monday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. with mid-day closure from 2-4 p.m. to give workers a break.

Nabolom Bakery, 2708 Russell St., Berkeley. (510) 845-2253. facebook.com/Nabolom-Bakery

eater sf

Nabolom Bakery Has Reopened, Now With Pizza and Warm Fuzzies

The beloved bakery is back on its feet.

by Ellen Fort 

Luckily for fans of Nabolom's cinnamon twists, challah and other baked goods, Julia Elliott, purchased the collective with business partner Sabra Stepak. Now, after a some deep cleaning, painting and updating, the space is ready to roll, using some of the collective's recipes alongside new ones, including pizza by the slice or pie. It's with good reason, as Elliott worked with the Cheese Board Collective for over a decade. And she'll have some help, according to Berkeleyside, who reports that Aron Ford (of Nick's Pizza and now-shuttered Nick and Aron's) is involved in the project, alongside Sweet Adeline's Sasha Crehan..

Oakland magazine

Another View of Elmwood

Oakland Magazine

By Annie Crawford

Published: February 28, 2018

“Celebrate the spirit of Berkeley at Nabolom Bakery. East Bay natives Julia Elliot and Sabra Stepak offer a delicious take on traditional pastries, fresh baked goods, and savory treats. Try the house-made pizza — co-owner Julia (who spent 12 years at The Cheese Board Collective) says her current fave is tomato Gruyère with fennel. Enjoy beer and wine in the laid-back cafe setting, and watch the open-air kitchen magic”

san francisco bay times

Neighborhood Visit: Berkeley’s Elmwood District

San Francisco Bay Times

“For some of the Bay Area’s best pizza, head over to Nabolom Bakery & Pizzeria at 2708 Russell Street, just around the corner from College Ave. A few members of our San Francisco Bay Times team continue to rave about it: the flaky and distinctive crust, flavorful herbs, fresh juicy tomatoes and quality generous-portioned cheese, for a start. There is no shortage of delicious pizza in Berkeley, but funky no-frills Nabolom with its vintage kitchen equipment in the windows hits it out of the park.”

eater sf

“21 of the Best Bakeries in the East Bay”

Pies, cakes, and all the trimmings

by Ellen Fort and Janelle Bitker Updated Feb 21, 2019, 10:18am PST

Pastry people take note: There's no shortage of opportunities for flaky croissants and crumbly crusts in the East Bay. In fact, Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda are brimming with sweet, sweet baked goods, from bakeries specializing in pies to ornate cakes and pan dulce. Even the vegan and gluten-free crowds can enjoy some tasty treats on this side of the Bay, as many bakeries include options for restrictive eaters.

And no need for those of you without a sweet tooth to feel left out: Savory croissants, pretzel buns, loaves of fresh bread, breakfast sandwiches, and pizza are also on offer at many places. For your baked good eating needs, these 21 bakeries will fulfill every sweet and savory craving you've got.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Don't get throw a fit; just tell us all about it in the comments.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Nabolom Bakery [& Pizzeria]

Nabolom rose from the ashes after it was purchased by former Cheeseboard Collective employee Julia Elliot. Now the Elmwood bakery is turning out a daily vegetarian pizza, plus a selection of pastries like chocolate croissants, bear claws, and cheese danishes topped with fresh fruit.

eater sf

The Essential Pizzas of the East Bay

Where to get a serious slice on the other side of the Bay

Eater SF

by Ellen Fort and Janelle Bitker Updated Dec 26, 2018, 1:45pm PST

The East Bay is home to some truly standout pizza — certified pizza Napoletana, Sicilian classics, and even an "Oakland-style" all its own with a sourdough crust. Though the New York style is available, don’t count on comparing it to a favorite spot back East: California has its own style, from beautiful produce for toppings to local cheeses and meats.

Check out these 16 places that are essential to the East Bay’s status as a pizza destination, one that's fit to compete with any other major metropolis. Speak up in the comments section if your favorite pie place didn't make the list

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Nabolom Bakery [& Pizzeria]

The bakery has been around for decades, but it was recently purchased by a Cheeseboard Collective member. Now there are excellent pizzas coming out of the bakery alongside scones and pastries, topped simply with combinations like roma tomatoes, onions, capers, French feta, and herbs. Buy a whole pizza, a slice, or head over to Star Market on Claremont for a half-baked pie to take home.