Every pizza at zpizza is freshly prepared, hand thrown, gently coaxed into the oven using soft birdcalls and pheromone trails, and fire-baked to crispy perfection. The dough is prepared fresh daily from 100% certified-organic wheat, and z is also happy to offer certified organic and gluten-free crusts, sating the pizza desire of the allergic, dieters, and wheat sympathizers. Toppings include award-winning Wisconsin skim mozzarella, MSG-free pepperoni, certified-organic tomato sauce, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Try a large ZBQ pizza (with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, barbecue chicken, roasted pepper, red onion, tomato, cilantro, and sweet corn ($16.95); or a chicken curry and yam rustica (with mozzarella, curry chicken, yam, mango chutney, raisin, and cilantro; $8.95). Vegans can delight in a small Berkeley, a vegan cheese veggie pizza (with marinara, vegan cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomato, mushroom, red onion, and bell pepper; $11.50), and traveling tongues can sate their wanderlust with a mouthwatering Moroccan rustica (with pesto, mozzarella, basil, roasted eggplant, feta cheese, caramelized onion, and pine nut ($8.95).
Although the team at Platinum Tan & Skin Bar has been refining hues for 15 years, only recently, following a move, have they been polishing complexions in their sleek skin bar. Tucked within a private treatment room, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair and nourish visages with Dermalogica products and peels. They also offer red-light therapy designed to boost collagen, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and ease relations between humans and traffic lights.
Of course, tanning services still abound—the same ones that earned a gold Readers' Choice award from San Diego Downtown News in 2012. Artificial-sun bathers relax in four levels of vertical and horizontal beds, including a Level 5 machine with 10 adjustable facial bulbs, air conditioning, and voice-guided controls. Patrons can also ditch UV rays altogether and opt instead for spray tans in a Mystic HD booth or at the hands of experienced, professional airbrush technicians who—according to their website—use an organic formula and have misted the skin of Hollywood stars.
From City Pizzeria’s brick oven emerge sterling specimens of the pizza arts, exquisitely textured with toppings and baked to crisp excellence in the New York tradition. Peek over the top of the voluminous menu to catch a glimpse of a chef’s hand spinning like a helicopter propeller caught in a dough blizzard, then await the arrival of a first-class chicken pesto pie ($17 for a large) fresh from its vacation in a vintage brick oven. Leaf lovers can find comfort in a greek salad loaded with romaine, feta cheese, greek olives, and other veggies ($6 for a large), and sandwich seekers can wrap their mitts around a torpedo sub burdened with salami, smoked ham, pepperoni, veggies, and a name that's kept it from making friends with other subs all its life ($4.49 for a 6”). Caterees must order a minimum of four pizzas ($13 for a 16” pie with two toppings), which will arrive via City Pizzeria’s friendly food-transporters, each flavorful frisbee piled high with real mozzarella to garner real compliments from imaginary friends.