Monday, August 4, 2014

Restaurant Review: zpizza, North Raleigh

Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza on a gluten-free crust at zpizza in North Raleigh!

It's amazing how far my small town has come in the past 5-6 years as far as having gluten-free resources readily available! Between Harris Teeter, Walmart, Target (and soon ALDI), we have a ton of options for gluten-free baking supplies, mixes, and even bread... However pizza is still a different story.

For pizza, we make a special trip to Raleigh! And that's okay... it makes it a fun outing and something that you really enjoy when you get!

Several years ago Mellow Mushroom was my favorite place to go, but the past few times we've gone the wait has been super long and the parking in downtown Raleigh, is no easy task... so we headed to zpizza instead. There's also a zpizza in downtown Raleigh, but we were trying to get away from the traffic, so we sought out the North Raleigh location instead.

One thing I really love about zpizza is it's focus on whole, natural foods. Not every ingredient is organic, but they have 100% certified organic tomato sauce and non-GMO flours for their pizza. (I'm not sure if the gluten-free pizza is also non-GMO, but the regular crust is.)

The pepperoni is preservative-free and the chicken breast is hormone-free.  The mozzarella is from grass-fed cows and is RBGH-Free, and they offer AWESOME gluten-free and vegan options. NEARLY any pizza on the menu can be made on the gluten-free crust, and they use Daiya vegan cheese, so no soy for those of you who need to be dairy-free and soy-free as well!

I really love this handsome dude! :-) 

I had the Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza on a gluten-free crust, which I LOVE because the sauce is not tomato-based (and my tummy has tomato issues!) The pizza was AWESOME! I love the crispy thin gluten-free crust, and the pesto was fanstastic. It tasted super fresh and with the fresh basil and mozzarella, it was lip-smackin' good! The pizza had just a handful of fresh cherry tomatoes on top that get caramelized and roasted as it bakes and it was absolutely delicious! Just the right amount of tomato for this nightshade-sensitive gal!

Michael had the All American pizza on a regular crust and was a very happy camper! It's great to go somewhere we both get an option and I still know I can get a safe gluten-free pizza!

We're big fans! If you have a zpizza nearby check it out! :-)

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