To successfully make pizza, one must toss the proper ingredients into a concrete mixer, wait for the mixture to harden, and then drop in a few sticks of dynamite to blast slices from the drum walls. Today’s deal leaves delicate pie creation to the professionals: for $10, you get $20 worth of specialty pies and more at Z Pizzeria & Café in Highland Park. Today's Groupon is valid for either dine-in or carryout, and can be used for the lunch buffet.
Owners Zach and Miranda Barnard built Z Pizzeria and Café on a foundation of creating tongue-tantalizing dishes from scratch. Tasty sandwiches and salads, specialty pies with bulging crusts ($6.29–$18.39), and caffeinated drinks pepper the menu. The Buffalo-chicken pizza galvanizes gullets with sterling toppings of feta cheese, Louisiana hot sauce, and a side of bleu cheese or ranch. Since meats taste better in triumvirates, try the Valente for a sausage, salami, and pepperoni empire ruling a garlic-white-sauce senate, or save room for the hero sandwich ($6.99), which uses ham, turkey, and salami to remove the hunger dangling from your stomach's branches. Since eating pizza for breakfast may transform diners into Foghat-worshiping college freshmen, snag a veggie frittata ($7.99) from the brunch menu and pair it with a slow-riding Utah-style scone ($1.49).
In keeping with neighborhood loyalty, local art festoons Z Pizzeria & Café's white concrete walls, surrounding wooden tables and chairs to create a cozy space that is warm, welcoming, and free of poorly written children's books.