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Jun 4, 2013 01:15 PM

zpizza, anyone?

A couple of years ago zpizza moved into the DC area, and quickly became our favorite for neighborhood chain pizza. Not too doughy and relatively generous with toppings. Naturally, our franchisee soon turned his locations into the inferior Manhattan Pizza (not quite as bad as Domino's or Pizza Hut, but still not great).

I now see that there are still several zpizza locations in Northern VA, including one in Gainesville.

Not that I would drive out of my way for zpizza, but I'd like to have their Tuscan again. It's got very nice mushroom flavor.

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  1. i'm in Honolulu and we've had zpizza for many years, but I've never been.

    1. They were the first to offer a decent vegan pizza, but everything else I've tried there has been pretty blah. You're better off going to Wiseguy for a decent slice, or even Mellow Mushroom.

      1. The zpizza on Rockville Pike just closed. I never saw a soul in there and never tried it.

        1. There was one in Riding Plaza for awhile and it was a nice option to have. They never seemed to do much business, though, which I couldn't understand.

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          1. re: Hobbert

            Hobbert, yes, that was the one we went to. The owner converted it to Manhattan Pizza, next to the Panera.

            1. re: Bob W

              Did you ever go to the one in Dulles Retail plaza? That got turned into another (independent, I think) pizza place and they went out of business. Now I believe it's a California Tortilla. I'm not saying it was the best thing ever but they made good pizza and had an interesting variety instead of the usual choices. Strange that they both tanked.

              1. re: Hobbert

                No, only the one in South Riding. Looks like the owner decided that the path to riches was paved with the usual mediocrity (Manhattan Pizza) instead of something slightly out of the ordinary.

                We also had a Caribou Coffee in South Riding Market Square that also fell victim to franchisee issues. A good alternative to Starbucks, and very kid friendly with a play area. It became a Fractured Prune which soon met a well-deserved demise. Now it's a Game Stop that will likely be something else in a year or two as well.

                I wish we had a Cal Tort closer than Brambleton -- I'm sick of Moe's!

                1. re: Bob W

                  Yeah, that particular Moe's has just gotten vile over the last year or so. It used to be a perfectly acceptable quick lunch option and now it's just wretched. I don't even bother anymore.

          2. I've never been a fan of their pizza, but a few months ago my SO and I stopped by one because he was starving. Since I don't really like pizza from there, I got garlic bread with a side of marinara. It was about the best garlic bread I've ever had. Nothing unusual or even super special about it, just made exactly how I like it. Also my gluten free friends like their GF crust.