Dreaming of an ooey-gooey pizza that is low in fat? Look no further. Zpizza is a chain of restaurants that has up to 1/3 less fat than competing pizza chains is popping up all over the map.
How do they do it? In 1986, Zpizza opened in an artist community in Laguna Beach, California. By using 100% certified organic tomato sauce, 100% certified organic wheat flower, Wisconsin skim mozzarella cheese and MSG and additive free meats, they are creating a product that actually tastes good, and is good for you.
My boyfriend and I saw a sign that a new pizzeria was coming, and being the pizza lovers that we are we figured we had to try it.
The restaurant was impeccably clean, granted it has only been open a few weeks. The manager on duty was full of energy and very knowledgeable about the menu. They had a lunch special where you could get two pieces of large pizza and a soda for $6.99 so we decided to give it a whirl.
My understanding is each day they have cheese, pepperoni and two other pizzas already prepared that you can get by the slice. It happened that the two choice pizzas were their ZBQ pizza which was packed with bbq sauce, mozzarella, bbq chicken, roasted peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro and sweet corn, and their Napoli pizza which was made with a homemade roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, tomatoes, parmesan and fresh basil.
I opted for the Napoli, and my boyfriend for the ZBQ and Pepperoni so we could sample them all. After tossing our pizza in the crisper, they delivered it to our table.
The Napoli pizza is definitely a garlic lover’s feast. Instead of marinara sauce, they actually use the roasted garlic sauce. Whereas I thought it would be more a slight garlic flavor, it was very overpowering.
The first half of the pizza was delicious, but a bit too strong for my taste overall. The ingredients were fresh and delicious though. In the future, I may ask them to substitute marinara for their garlic sauce. All in all though, delicious.
The ZBQ pizza was amazing. I’m not a huge meat eater, but you can tell all of their products are extremely fresh. The addition of sweet corn, which isn’t normally on a BBQ pizza was a nice refreshing touch.
The pepperoni pizza, which the manager informed us was award winning was actually quite good. It wasn’t as greasy as other pepperoni and it wasn’t full of additives or preservatives. A slice of their pepperoni pizza has about 100 fewer calories than Dominos would.
The rest of their menu looked equally tasty. They had some interesting pizza’s on the menu for the extremely health conscious such as the Berkeley soy cheese veggie pizza which has pesto, soy cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions and bell peppers.
Specialty pizza prices are $9.95 for a 10″ small, $16.95 for a 14″ large, and $20.95 for a 18″ extra large pizza.
Zpizza also has a wine variety of salads and sandwiches including a calzone, meatball sub and pollo Latino sandwich. Always served is an organic antioxidant rich house blend of tea that had a nice fruity flavor.
I was a little skeptical about how zpizza would taste as they are branded the “healthy” pizza. I didn’t want a cardboard meal. I was delighted at how tasty it was. Unless they had told me, I would never have suspected I was eating low fat cheese, wheat crust and all organic ingredients.
A few interesting things about Zpizza. They are very involved in the community and actively support St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. During the months of October, they ask each patron to make $1 contribution to the hospital.
They provide pizza at cost for charity events, and even choose a day where they donate 50% of sales derived from supporters of an event to that organization.
Zpizza has taken an active hand in environmental conservation. They continuously re-evaluate preparation and delivery methods to make it more eco-friendly. They use environmentally friendly packaging and print “please recycle” on each to-go menu.
I give zpizza five out of five stars. It’s definitely a restaurant worth trying. Now located in 16 states, zpizza’s popularity is sure to spread. So enjoy a pizza guilt free, go zpizza.