Why do I like zpizza? Three words – spiced veggie burger. How many pizza chains offer that as an option?!?
Available in 12 states, zpizza is probably the most unique, healthy and vegetarian-friendly pizza chain I’ve found so far in this area. In fact, nine of their fifteen pizza creations on their menu are vegetarian. Besides the “typical” vegetarian toppings, other more interesting options include artichoke hearts, roasted eggplant, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, and cucumbers. (I was pleasantly surprised that I would have liked cucumbers on pizza.)
Cheese choices include Wisconsin low-fat mozzarella, soy, parmesan, ricotta or feta. They have organic tomato sauce and offer both regular white and winter wheat flour crusts.
The pizza is the New York flat style and not overly greasy. The slice sizes are generous. A word of warning, the large pizza is humongous. It’s rather jarring when the delivery guy comes and the box he’s holding is bigger that you thought it would be. The good part is the pizza holds up well for both hot or cold leftovers.
I highly recommend getting the Tuscan mushroom pizza. It is described as having “homemade roasted garlic suace, mozzarella, cremini, shiitake and button mushrooms, caramelized onions, oregano, feta, truffle oil and fresh thyme.” The ingredients are fresh and the flavors blend well.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, their vegetarian sandwiches are also tasty and filling. Again, the unique ingredients allow for various flavor combinations.
I’ve yet to have one of their calzones, but it looks like nine of the fifteen options are vegetarian. So, perhaps next time?
Their online ordering system is very handy; however, I encountered some glitches when building my own pizza using the Firefox browser. Had no problems when I switched over to place the order with Safari.
I’ve ordered from zpizza several times and never have been disappointed with either their pizza or sandwiches. However, avoid buying the pizza by the slice unless they have just taken it out of the oven.
Locations not quite nationwide, but expanding
Delivery, eat-in, take-away
UPDATED 8/29/08: Be sure to double-check, no, triple-check that what you indeed get on your pizza is the vegetarian beef. Due to a cook’s mislabeling of a pizza, we ended up with chicken sausage on a pizza. And, this was only discovered AFTER I bit into it. They did apologize and replaced our pizza. But, I had to ask the manager that night what else they could do for me (switching meat on a vegetarian is not cool). Only after prompting did he offer to comp our next pizza. I also asked to be contacted by the franchise owner but a week later I’ve heard no response. Coupled with very slow delivery times it may be quite a while before I order anything from zpizza again. Which is a shame, because they really do have a good selection of vegetarian and organic items. They need to work out the kinks at our local Arlington, Virginia chain.