From Our Editors
When lauded Ottawa restaurateur Ion Aimers turned his attention to pizza, he didn't want to reinvent the wheel—just upgrade and transform it. Some of his pies at ZaZaZa Pizza With Pizazz are indeed reminiscent of Italian classics: there's the Bo Derek, which is decorated with pesto oil, feta cheese, and tomatoes, as well as the French Kiss, whose brie, artichoke, and caramelized onions work as a harmony of flavours.
Other pizzas, however, get a little more audacious. One is named the Scary Roommate, in reference to its classic dorm-room toppings of hot dogs, cheddar, and Kraft Dinner. The Shangri La Di Da, by contrast, takes its culinary cues from the east, dappling the crust with a tomato tandoori sauce, goat cheese, sweet peppers, and honey drizzle. Every pizza is served on one of three types of crust—dusted cornmeal, honey oat, or gluten-free—with sauces made from scratch. Other menu items have likewise undergone refreshing makeovers. The lemonade, for example, arrives freshly squeezed in a sugar-rimmed glass with mint, rather than still trapped inside a lemon.