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Apr 30, 2004 04:03 AM

Slices At Za (SF)

  • m

I like this place. In addition to whole pies, covering the basics and specialties, slices of cheese and pepperoni, plus two creative combos are offered each day. Pepperoni has a thin chewy crust with a well-developed yeasty flavor, a high density of pepperoni rounds, and a somewhat sweet jammy tomato sauce. Yeah, the crust could be thinner and I usually like my pizza a little singed, but this sure tastes good. The CaeZar salad is made with crispy chopped romaine, freshly grated sharp romano cheese, house-baked garlicky croutons, and a non-creamy herby dressing.

Free delivery.

Za Gourmet Pizza
“Ultimate Pizza from Z to A”
1919 Hyde St. (at Green)
San Francisco


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  1. I like Za too, but stopped ordering from them because they are so inconsistent. Sometimes the pizza was fantastic, and other times mediocre. It did remind me a bit of North Jersey style pizza, which is a good thing.

    7 Replies
    1. re: MikeW

      Hi. What is North Jersey style pizza? Thanks.

      1. re: MikeW

        When ever I'm there and they have the potesto, I get it. Great place to go when you want to have a slice and watch some of the A's game

        1. re: MikeW

          I've only had the slices. Are you finding the inconsistencies with the whole pies, slices or both?


          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Whole pies only, and only on take out, which is already a risky proposition. We used to order from them once a week but I have not been there in at least six months.

            1. re: MikeW
              Melanie Wong

              Good to know...something to watch out for.

              I eat my slices there. Makes me feel virtuous to walk up the hill to earn my meal.

            2. re: Melanie Wong

              My one experience is with the whole pie, ordered for pick up and brought back home. (Which may mean I thought it was so good because I'd just hiked two blocks straight up and back down!)

              Amy H.

            3. re: MikeW

              I could not agree more with both the raves and the complaints about inconsistency. We order from Za frequently, and stop in from time to time for slices if there's room to sit. Recently I tried putting feta on their MOMA pizza, and it was a-maz-ing. We had a pizza party board game thing recently and all our friends couldn't get over how good it was. Other times, it was too oily, soggy, not fresh feeling. So it's mainly a big hit.

              We also love Tommaso's. It's hard to get better than that in SF.

            4. I really like their Caesar salad as well ... it is consistently good.

              Random story: Last year we were helping some friends move during that very hot heat wave in May or so ... we were starving and ordered pizzas from Za and they delivered ... 3 empty pizza boxes (g). Fixed it right away of course, but it was a pretty funny mistake.

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              1. re: jen maiser

                Pizza lite to the extreme!

              2. Is Za the end to my eternal quest for NY style pizza? Anyone know where I could find a menu? I've looked on-line but only name, address, phone listed. I did search Amazon, too. Thanks Melanie for your post which started my mouth-watering again. Thanks in advance for any info.

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                1. re: Caryl Aaron
                  Melanie Wong

                  Well, the crust at NY Pie in Santa Rosa is more like what I think of as NY style, although Za's is plenty tasty but not as thin and resilient.

                  Za's menu is pretty simple. Pies with the usual suspects for toppings (did I see hot calabrese sausage?), a few specialty pies, and two salads. Six beers on tap.

                  1. re: Caryl Aaron

                    If you're looking for New York Style pizza, have you tried Amici's on Union Street?

                    1. Za remains my favorite spot for pizza in San Francisco, but my SF pizza exposure remains highly limited. NYC persists as my favorite place for pizza (I am willing to engage in a comprehensive Italy tour to change this opinion . . . ), but I refuse to believe there is a single, particular "New York" style, given for instance the thin crust at Gruppo (Ave.B b/w 11th and 12th Sts.) and the remarkable thick-crust pies at John's on Bleecker (near 7th Ave, I believe). All of this said, are there any votes out there for a favorite, thin-crust "New York Style" pizza in San Francisco or on the Peninsula?

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                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          I go there fairly frequently - last time about a week ago - and I'd say that the quality is about where it always has been. (And I've been going for 10+ years.)

                          1. re: jcormac

                            >I'd say that the quality is about where it always has been<

                            Still inconsistent (as reported by others)?

                            1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

                              I hit Za at least once a month, usually in-store for a slice, shared salad, and a beer. Over the years, I have always found the quality to be pretty consistent (reheating a slice helps smooth out a lot of variations).

                              Whole pies, which are very big, can sometimes be a little underdone but I usually ask them to cook it until it's well done. Delivery, as with a lot of pizza places, doesn't really help the quality.

                              Solid neighborhood place with (hopefully) no aspirations to compete with the wealth of great places which have opened up in SF alone since this thread began.