Inspired by their physically and socially active California origins, the pies at zpizza start out with an entirely organic, whole-wheat-flour base, hand-thrown and fire-baked until crisp. Zpizza creations include the Napoli (basted with homemade roasted-garlic sauce, mozzarella, tomato slices, parmesan, and fresh basil), Greek (feta, red onions, firm kalamata olives, tomatoes, oregano, and mozzarella), and Thai (splashed with peanut sauce and dressed with mozzarella, spicy chicken, red onions, cilantro, carrots, crisp bean sprouts, and Serrano chilies). Depending on the location, prices and menu options vary. Not including tax, specialty pizza creations can start at around $10 for 10", $17 for 14", and $20 for 18". Classic consumers can opt for the standard cheese ($17.50 for 18") or pepperoni ($19.50 for 18"), or create their own pie. Zpizza's menu includes salads ($5.95–$8.50 for regular salads), calzones ($6.95), and pasta dishes ($7.50). An assortment of cookies rounds out the sweet side.
Inspired by casual cosmopolitan hangouts throughout the country, the Brick's laidback ambience welcomes patrons with a comfortable cocoon of dim lighting and secluded spaces, and a sociable selection of masterfully concocted libations. Settle into Brick's plush seating with a 44th & Huck, a signature muddled cocktail of huckleberry vodka, peach, and lime juice ($9), or sample the highly favored Scratch margarita, forged on your command with crisp lime and orange nectar ($7).
There's nothing humble about Humble Pie's pizza crust: Pulled from wood-fired ovens with a light, bubbly texture that crisps at lightly charred edges, it cracks to release a subtle aroma of smoke and yeast. For owner Tom Kaufman, the recipe demanded two months of tinkering and one month of building an underground vault to keep it from prying eyes. Customers tend to think the time was worth it as they bite into delicate slices topped with careful combinations of veggies, meats and cheeses, often locally sourced.
The potato-and-roasted-garlic pizza, for example, happily marries the fragrances of gorgonzola and rosemary. Retaining a botanical touch even on a meat-lover's pie, the Schreiners Sicilian Sausage sprinkles homemade mozzarella with "sprigs of roasted fennel [that] add another aromatic dimension," according to Phoenix New Times.
While the pizza may push some of the other menu items out of the limelight, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, and traditional and twisted pastas earnestly pine for appetites' affections. The Our Way" Mac & Cheese adds aged white cheddar, italian bacon, and bread crumbs, distinguishing itself from its boxed brethren while forming an equally fun medium for kids' art projects, while wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails pair well with plates and pies alike.
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Gasper’s wait staff ferries trays of authentic Italian pizzas, pastas, and entrees through the eatery’s red-accented confines, brightened by a flower-festooned mantelpiece. Vegetarian staples such as eggplant parmesan and margherita pizza complement meat and fish dishes such as pork-loin scallopini and farfalle pasta with shrimp, providing patrons with enough protein to lift a car made of pepperoni. More than 30 vintages from the wine list pour forth at the house bar, backlit by a TV glowing with sports coverage.