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The Z’s Have It

Wake up to local, organic pizza

The average American’s pizza palate has been numbed by chain-restaurant pies topped with (snore) lots of cheese (with extra cheese, please) and messy meats. On the flip side, thereʻs zpizza, which prioritizes organic and local ingredients, crafting a fresh, tasty product that breaks the mold–or the pizza pan, if you will.

Ed Chu, store manager of the zpizza franchise at Ward Centre, passionately backs his company’s dedication to using fresh, superior ingredients. He rattles off specifics such as “organic tomato sauce, hormone-free skim mozzarella cheese and preservative-free pepperoni.” With such a bounty of high-quality components, zpizza’s choices, including their two most popular, the Provence and Tuscan, deliver an exceptionally multi-dimensional, clean and pure taste.

The Provence ($13.87 small, $25.65 large, $29.06 x-large), my personal favorite, is citrusy and lightly sweet, with tomato and garlic sauce, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, capers and fresh basil. The Tuscan (same pricing), the favorite of my friends, is deep and earthy, with roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, cremini, shiitake and button mushrooms, caramelized onions, feta, truffle oil and thyme. zpizza also offers Parmesan flatbread sticks ($4.45), similar to breadsticks, but much more thin, light and crunchy.

As it happens, zpizza’s slogan is “the pure one,” which really does reflect the wholesome quality that’s a basic in each of their distinctive pies.

zpizza, Kailua: 151 Hekili St., open Sun.–Thu. 10am–9pm, Fri.–Sat. 10am–9:30pm, delivery available, 230-8400; Ward: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., open Sun.–Thu. 10am–9:30pm, Fri.–Sat. 10am–10pm, delivery available, 596-0066