Sunday, August 29, 2010

z pizza: more than your average pizza place

I love pizza. It is one of my favorite foods... ever.

Sadly, since I decided to stop eating cheese I haven't had pizza. Yes, I could order a pizza without cheese but what's the fun in that? Not many places offer pizza with a vegan alternative for the cheese. Plus, my limited experience with vegan cheeses (rice and soy) has not been the most enjoyable. I was hesitant to try it again. But oh my goodness I have been wanting a slice of yummy, cheesy pizza for months. Okay, not just a slice, a whole pizza to myself. Did I mention I love pizza?

On our way to another restaurant for lunch, my mom and I passed a zpizza. Immediately, I got excited and asked if we could go there instead. My mom, being the nice lady she is, said yes and turned around. I went straight to the counter and ordered the Berkeley Vegan. It is a delicious combination of vegan cheese, marinara sauce, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onion, and bell pepper (nom nom nom nom).

Not feelin' the Berkeley Vegan? No worries. You can create your own pizza. They offer two animal friendly cheeses: one made from soy and one that is soy and gluten free. You can pick however many veggies you want, including the veggie burger crumbles. Can't live without your serving of meat? There are a multitude of choices for you as well. Not only are they accommodating to vegans, they offer a variety of gluten free options.

AND they care about the environment! Not only are the majority of their ingredients organic, the meats are MSG and nitrate free. The beef is from grass-fed cows and the chicken is all natural. If you're going to eat meat, this is definitely the way to go. zpizza uses recycable and compostable containers. The pizza boxes are reusable (something for frequent customers to remember). To help reduce their carbon monoxide emissions, they use an eco-friendly bike delivery system.

Needless to say, I was impressed. Oh, and they have free Wi-Fi. I may be eating lots of pizza this semester. If pizza doesn't float your boat, they have salads and sandwiches as well.

Check out zpizza's food section to see all they have to offer. What do you want to try? I think I will experiment with making my own next time.


  1. One of the hardest things to give up since going gf/cf/sf is pizza! How I wish there were a zpizza location out here! I guess I'm going to have to buckle down and whip up my own from scratch or something, because I definitely need a pizza fix.

  2. I'm not sure where you live but did you check out the location map? maybe if you travel at all you can stop at one in one of those states...and make your own in the mean time : )

  3. I haven't heard of this place before, but there is truly nothing better than a great pizza. :)