Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Restaurant Review: zpizza

During our trip to Williamsburg, VA, I wanted something fun, simple, and very casual for dinner before we made the 3 hour drive home. Happycow.com led me to zpizza. I had never hard of this pizza chain but if they served vegan pizza, I was interested! I checked it out online and it did not take long to decide that this was where we would be eating. (Note: zpizza also serves non-vegan pizzas so if you are strictly opposed to dining in an establishment that caters to both vegans and non-vegans, this is not the place for you.)

This zpizza was located in downtown Williamsburg (not the colonial part of course) at 4902 Courthouse Street, which was just a few minutes away from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center.

Looking at their menu online, there is a box off to the right that you can check for "vegan" and it will remove all non-vegan options and/or cross out non-vegan items and will show you in red what the vegan substitution would be. (They have this same feature for gluten-free options, but this is a post about their vegan pizza. Check out their site to see their gluten-free options, as there are quite a few!) Using this feature, there were a number of options to choose from:

  • Berkeley Vegan (Marinara sauce, Daiya vegan cheese, Gardein vegan sausage, roasted zucchini, roma tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, and bell peppers)
  • California Veggie (tomatoes, black olives, zucchini, bell peppers, button mushrooms, red onions, tomato sauce, Daiya vegan cheese)
  • Cheese (tomato sauce, Daiya vegan cheese)
  • Napoli (tomatoes, basil, roasted garlic sauce, and Daiya vegan cheese)
  • Provence (artichoke hearts, tomato sauce, roasted garlic sauce, tomatoes, capers, basil, and Daiya vegan cheese)
  • Tuscan Mushroom (Thyme, truffle oil, caramelized onions, roasted garlic sauce, mushroom mix, and Daiya vegan cheese)

Berkeley Vegan

The Berkeley Vegan pizza was the only one out of the list above that was 100% vegan to begin with and no substitutions would need to be made. It was a tough choice, as all the options sounded very good, but we decided on the extra large (18") Berkeley Vegan pizza. The price for this was $21.50, and it fed my family of 5.

This may be one of the best pizzas I have had in years, non-vegan pizzas included. The vegetables were fresh and I loved how they used tomato slices rather than chunks (my husband is not a fan of it being this way, but to each his own). The vegan sausage was tasty (in fact, I had to take a closer look at it to see if it was really vegan sausage). The kids really enjoyed it, too. My oldest (5) ate the pizza with everything but the mushrooms (she does eat mushrooms but only if I prepare them in dishes and have them look extra pretty). My middle child (3) picked everything off... even the vegetables he does eat. My youngest (1) ate all of the mushrooms and tomatoes that my husband picked off of his pizza, and also the crusts I saved for him from the slices I ate.

It took a few minutes to cool down enough to eat.
He was more than ready to dig in!

I was extremely impressed with the pizza. Once we got back home, I checked online to see where the nearest zpizza is to where we live. It is still a 1.5 to 2 hour drive. I hope that they will soon expand into the town we live in because I cannot wait to go back!

Additional Vegan Reviews for zpizza:
The Veggie Gal: Review of Vegan Pizza at zpizza
The Veracious Vegan: zpizza, DC
Vegan Beauty Review: zpizza: International Vegan Friendly Pizza Chain!
Full of Beans: Vegan Pizza, Minneapolis

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