At our house, we try to have a pizza night once a week. Sometimes I make it from scratch, but more often than not we get takeout or delivery. It’s great getting a break from cooking, but even more fun trying out new places! Some of the best pizzas we’ve had in a long time was this past week, from zpizza.
Founded in the art colony of Laguna Beach, zpizza was inspired by California and a healthy way of eating. Combining unique recipes with quality ingredients is what makes this pizza different from any other.
We were given the opportunity to sample some of what zpizza has to offer. Deciding what to order is so hard, though! Since I couldn’t narrow it down to just one favorite, I thought I’d make it easy and ordered three small 10″ pizzas for the four of us – one for me, a second for my husband, and the third for the girls to share. The two other size options include a large (14″) and an extra-large (“18), with the latter being the best value.
I ordered the Mexican pizza for myself. It’s topped with salsa, part-skim mozzarella, spicy lime chicken, green and red onions, fresh avocado, a drizzle of sour cream, and garnished with cilantro. O. M. G. It was amazing. Even though the pizza was topped with so much goodness, the crust was still perfectly thin and crispy. The avocado, which I love, was plentiful and added a wonderful creaminess to every bite.
My hubby’s not big on tomato sauce, so I thought he might like the Casablanca, which is topped with a homemade roasted garlic sauce, part-skim mozzarella, ricotta cheese, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and sprinkled with parmesan. I reluctantly traded him half of my Mexican pizza for half of his, and it was completely worth it. The flavors of the Casablanca are delicate, yet rich. Biting into a dollop of ricotta was a delicious surprise. This pizza had a wonderful texture, and different layers of flavor in every bite.
The girls shared their favorite – a Pepperoni pizza. This is just a classic cheese pizza topped with reduced fat, msg-free pepperoni. I took a bite, and wasn’t blown away, but the girls loved it and left nothing but a little bit of crust behind. A small pizza was the perfect size for the two of them to share!
I was impressed by the high quality of the toppings, and astonished by the sheer quantity of choices available. They offer a ‘build your own’ pizza that you can customize with any of these ingredients:
Soy ~ Feta ~ Gorgonzola
Mozzarella ~ Parmesan
Provolone ~ Ricotta
Artichoke hearts ~ Arugula
Avocado ~ Bell peppers
Black olives ~ Capers
Cucumbers ~ Greek olives
Jalapenos ~ Zucchini
Onions – red and green
Pineapple ~ Pinenuts
Sweet corn ~ Truffle oil
Veggie burger crumbl
The staff at my local zpizza was incredibly nice and didn’t even blink when I used a promotional gift certificate and a discount coupon to pay for the pizza. I did find it to be just a little on the pricey side, but considering the quality and huge variety of ingredients they use in their dishes, it’s completely understandable. Our three small pizzas came to just around $30 with tax, and the rest of the menu ranges in price from $2.75 for a single slice to around $20 for an extra-large. Prices can vary by region, however.
Order online! The process was painless and only took a few minutes. There are zpizza locations scattered across the country, with several in the Washington, DC area, including:
- Alexandria, VA – 6328-C Richmond Highway and 3217 Duke Street
- Lorton, VA – 9451 Lorton Market Street
- Springfield, VA – 6699-B Frontier Drive
- Rockville, MD – 807-H Rockville Pike
Every Tuesday at these locations there’s a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 FREE’ special. Buy any large pizza & get the 2nd free. And, if you join the ztribe you can instantly receive a $5.00 off coupon towards your next visit to zpizza ($20 minimum). zpizza is on Twitter: @zpizza_dc.
zpizza is giving one of my DC-area readers a $20 gift certificate to try out one of their fantastic pizzas. To enter, please visit the zpizza website, and tell me what your favorite flavor is.
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Gift certificate is only valid for DC-area zpizza restaurants. Please leave a separate comment for each entry and leave a valid email address or blog URL in your comment. US entries only. This contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 18th, 2009. Winner will be chosen at random, and has 3 days to claim their prize.