I was pleased to receive a request to complete a survey for zpizza, a pizza shop for which I'd never been. With the influx of vegan options at pizza places in DC, I've found I really can't keep up with all of them. But, by completing this survey, I earned a free small pizza, which gave me a reason to check out zpizza.
zpizza is a national pizza chain, which I believe it is the only national pizza chain serving Daiya vegan cheese. There is only one in DC, located in Penn Quarter, and every time I walk by, it is empty. On this particular Sunday, we stopped by for pizza around 1 p.m. When we walked in, there was only one other person at the counter ordering. This is definitely more of a carry-out joint. We decided to order the Berkeley Vegan pizza and a California salad.
We sat down in the simple dining room and waited for our food. They brought the salad out to us pretty quickly. I was really pleased to see a salad on the menu that didn't need to be modified to be made vegan. In this day and age, you'd think salads weren't vegan anymore! This salad had mixed greens, avocado, red onions, cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, and black olives, and was topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. Very good!
The pizza was served pretty quickly as well. The pizza had a soft, but crisp thin crust and was topped with a tasty marinara sauce, Daiya cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, and bell peppers. We both thought it was pretty good. The veggie burger crumbles had an Italian taste to them, which paired well with the marinara sauce. I'd have never thought to put zucchini on a pizza, but it was really good.
zpizza offers Rustica pizzas, which are more of an oval shape and regular round pizzas. They also offer a variety of sauces and toppings. It isn't the best pizza in town, but it is pretty good and I'll definitely be back sometime soon.
806 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001