Coin collectors invented pizza in an attempt to put their money where their mouths are, which resulted in a brief craze of arranging toppings in the shape of Grover Cleveland's profile. Dine on well-arranged flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet pizza and fresh Italian classics at zpizza's Fayetteville Street location.
Bakers at zpizza toss up fresh dough and organic ingredients daily to create a menu of toothsome trattoria favorites and a plethora of pizzas, many with options that keep vegans and the gluten-shy in the crusty, bubbly loop. Layer a dough foundation with organic tomato sauce, vegan or skim mozzarella from grass-fed cows, additive-free sausage and meatballs, and other select toppings to create your own appetizing architecture ($7.25+). Chicken, cilantro, and sweet corn baste in tangy sauce on a large ZBQ pizza ($19.95), and rustica pizzas ($8.95 each) proffer atypical combinations such as the Moroccan's pesto-smothered mix of roasted eggplant, caramelized onion, and pine nuts. A range of sandwiches and calzones ($6.95), pastas ($7.50), and large salads ($8.50–$8.95) round out zpizza's offerings, filling midsections with semicircular, tubular, and geometrically undefined edibles. Patrons can enjoy their food on zpizza's outdoor patio, located next to a serene water fountain, and catch live music on select days.
Z Pizza Tap Room
In addition to self-pour taps with 20 craft beers and a cider wall, Z Pizza Tap Room is known for its inventive, California-style pizzas: think zesty Thai-style chicken pizza with peanut sauce and cilantro, or Mexican-style pizza loaded with taco fixings. Voted best pizza in Raleigh by CitySearch and Best Pizza in Cary by WakeCary Magazine, even a simple cheese or pepperoni pizza from Z Pizza is sure to be memorable. That's because the restaurant's cooks use only top-shelf ingredients in their brick-oven-baked craft pies, from the Montana winter wheat that goes into their hand-thrown crusts to the organic tomato sauce and Wisconsin skim mozzarella layered on top. Diners can customize pizzas with other toppings, including locally sourced meats, fresh produce, and gourmet ingredients such as truffle oil.