Zelo's Pizza (review+pics)
Having had my share of different kinds of pizza over the years, I finally tried out a unique pizza that makes me even happier that I live in the Eastside. :) So what differentiates the pizza at Zelo's in the town of Arcadia from some of the other pizza joints in town? The answer lays in its corn meal crust. Yes, you're reading right. Zelo's pizza has corn meal crust.
I've been hearing for awhile now about Zelo's and finally my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped by for lunch one day. Stepping into the restaurant, I already liked the feel of it. The walls of the restaurant were decorated with everything from quirky pizza-themed album covers to autographed skateboards from those famed skateboarding Z-Boys and even a portrait of Hank Williams. How eclectic is that!
To the right of the restaurant, there is a refrigerated case where you can see the deep dish pizza pans containing pre-built uncooked pizzas. As opposed to ordering a whole pizza, you can opt to order single slices, which they will cook to order. In regards to their pizzas, they have 6 standards that are always on the menu: Sausage, Veggie, Corn, Four Cheese, Pepperoni and Della Salute (veggie without cheese). However, there are around 26 other specialty pizzas that they also make and will offer 2 different ones as specials every day.
For my meal there, I had two slices of pizza. In looking at them side-by-side, they looked so mouth-waterng, I had a hard time deciding which to try first. Finally, my love for mushrooms prevailed and I took a bite out of my Wild Mushroom pizza slice first. As for ingredients, this particular slice had the following: fontina cheese, mozzarella, domestic porcini & shitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.
That first bite was really interesting because there were two things that threw me off at first. First, I didn't taste any tomato sauce and second, the cheese was firmly in place and not "swimming around" as it tends to do when it's melted over aforementioned tomato sauce. I actually was quite happy to do without the tomato sauce, so I took another bite.
This time I paid more attention to the crust and it was just really delicious. I found it crispy and buttery and enjoyed the corny sweetness of it all. I also liked its rich denseness. Honestly, I was almost full just eating that one slice. Normally, I can consume 3 to 4 slices from pizza made with the more traditional flour dough, but that wouldn't be the case with Zelo's Pizza.
As for the other ingredients of this Wild Mushroom pizza, I really enjoyed the combination of flavors from the mushroom's earthiness to the sweet acidity of the sun-dried tomatoes. While I enjoyed every bite of the mushroom pizza, I was totally over the moon over the Corn Pizza.
I don't even know if I can find words to describe how much I really loved this pizza. You already have an amazing crust, but when you add to that freshly shucked corn, sweetly caramelized red onions, smoked mozzarella and the bite of fresh chives sprinkled on top, you get a pie that makes you happy to have taste buds.
If you ever make it to Zelo, you have to, have to get the corn pizza. Believe me, for those of you on the Westside, that pizza alone is worth the trip to my part of town. Just based on those two pizzas, I will be making a return trip because I'd love to sample more of Zelo's tasty wares. You should, too.
To see pics, go to:
328 E Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006
Thanks for another beautiful, detailed, and salivation-inducing review.
I love Zelo's pizzas - have slowly worked my way through most of their menu and the hits have been many and the misses few. When I'm craving pizza, I don't think of or crave Zelo's pies - however, I do specifically crave their creations, if that makes any sense.
Anyway, the wild mushroom and the corn pizzas are my favorites - I think you chose wisely for your first trip!
Well said Elsie - I also don't think of Zelo's when pizza is what I want but their creations do have a way of getting into your head and staying there.
I really like the POTATO PANCETTA: mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, thin-sliced potatoes, Italian bacon, tomato sauce and fresh rosemary; and the TOSCANO: mozzarella, Toscano salami, blue cheese and fresh tomatoes
Both are over the top but something I can't get anywhere else
That pizza looks really good! Thanks for another great review (and I loved the use of "aforementioned").
I would have normally gone for the Mushroom since I thougt that I wouldn't like corn on pizza but recently I was up in Berkeley and brought back a Cheeseboard pizza which to my horror had corn on it. But it turns out that it was really good so I would definitely try the Corn Pizza at Zelo's. The Toscano sounds really good too.
Amazing review.... I was just in for lunch this past Friday and enjoyed their YUMMY beet salad and a slice of potato pancetta pizza. Thinly sliced potatoes, nice chunks of pancetta, mozzarella, rosemary.... amazing flavors! Sometimes, I find the crust to be too thick and kind of hard to eat - but this pie was PERFECT and left me wanting more!
I, too, liked the decor on the walls - and especially the vintage pizza paraphernalia above the cooler!
The only bizarre thing that happened was they were cutting onions in the kitchen... these were STRONG onions and my eyes started burning, stinging and watering! It was pretty awful ... the owner came out and apologized, saying, it wasn't affecting him, so he didn't think it was that strong.
I love Zelo's Pizza! We live in Echo Park and will make the longish drive out to Arcadia for the daily specials and especially the vegetarian dishes. Pizza in LA is disappointing at the moment, so the drive to Zelo's is very much worth it! And they have great music and a fantastic beer selection to boot. Better than Abbot's Pizza Company which is hard to beat, imo.
Based on all the rave reviews I've read on Chowhound, my partner and I decided to
try Zelo's tonight. I called this afternoon to see if they would make the corn pizza
without cheese and was happy to find out that they would, When it came time
to order (we decided that we wanted to do take-out) I called back and the guy
that I spoke with this time said that they couldn't do it. When I told him of my
earlier phone call he put me on hold and came back and said it was okay.
I also asked how the pizza would hold up from Arcadia to our house in Silver Lake and
he suggested that they par-bake it and we finish it at home. Great!!
So, we made the drive, which, in no traffic, was quite a breeze, picked up the pizza (which smelled amazing), came home and pre-heated our oven to 500 degrees (per the instructions on the take out menu) for about 20 minutes and baked the pizza for 10 minutes.
It was absolutely delicious!!! There is a blub on the menu about how rich their
pizza is and most people only eat 1 or 2 slices. Well, I think the cheese must
be what makes it rich because we only baked half of the pizza and it turns
out we both could have eaten more. But, the upside is LEFTOVERS!!!
So, this is my new favorite pizza...actually, it may be the only pizza I will ever
go out for.