Pizza Amigos Soft Opens at Former Navi Kitchen Space

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Pizza Amigos officially took over the former Navi Kitchen space at 5000 Adeline Street back on October 18th. Pizza Amigos offers a more “American” style take on pizza compared to Navi’s gourmet, “Cali-Indian” interpretation.

After being vacant for years, the Bakery Lofts retail space in Emeryville’s Triangle neighborhood opened as Basic Cafe in 2015. Basic lasted about a year before shuttering. The space teased reopening as Estelle Restaurant before those plans were abandoned.

Juju Beach Club’s Chef Preeti Mistry’s took over the space in 2017 to much hype and praise. After several attempts to tweak their business model, Navi closed their doors barely a year later.

Pizza Amigos proprietor Umesh Kumar Sharma.

Pizza Amigos is looking to distinguish itself from its predecessors by offering fast, value-priced pizza and take better advantage of a shift toward delivery service. In addition to Pizza, they offer salads, pasta, wings and other sides.

Franchise owner Umesh Kumar Sharma opened the original Pizza Amigos location in Antioch last year. Sharma recently sold this franchise to focus on his new Emeryville shop that he noted was a “much better location”.

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The interior and patio of Pizza Amigos remains a work in progress. Navi’s artistic social justice themed posters have been replaced by more “practical” window painting signs of Pizza Amigos’ current deals.

Sharma noted they hoped to have their license to serve beer and wine in place soon and would host a grand opening event sometime this Winter.


M-W: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
Thu: 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
F/S: 10:30 am – 11:45 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm


5000 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608


(510) 652-3333


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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. We say we want unique menus with organic, humane ingredients and to support causes and PoC woman-owned businesses, but in the end, all we really want is cheap pizza. I’m sure they’ll do well!

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