May 06, 2010 // Franchising.com // West Village — zpizza, the Southern California based gourmet pizza chain is proud to announce the opening of its first Manhattan location. Locally owned, zpizza opened yesterday at 298 Bleecker Street.
zpizza is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and late night and also offers free delivery.
"We believe in the zpizza mission of changing the way customers think about pizza and we know providing superb food and service is absolutely required in this town," says Michael, one of the local owners.
Featured on Good Morning America as a healthy dining option and rated by Parents magazine as one of the "Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants," zpizza takes a unique approach to the crowded pizza segment by appealing to traditional pizza lovers, health conscious consumers and gourmet palates alike. zpizza's menu offers a variety of tasty and adventurous pizzas as well as sandwiches, salads, calzones and the opportunity to create your own pizza with a selection of premium ingredients —including 100% certified organic wheat and sauce, part-skim, rBGH-free mozzarella, gluten-free crust, additive-free meats, vegan cheese, fresh veggies and other toppings.
Fast Casual Magazine ranked zpizza in their "Top 100 Movers & Shakers" list for 2010 – the chain's fourth consecutive appearance. Pizza Marketing Quarterly named zpizza the 2008 PIE Award winner, dubbing zpizza the Pizza Chain of the Year. zpizza also won a 2010 Libby Award for Most Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain from peta2, and the The Humane Society of the United States says zpizza's "new vegan pizza is the tops." zpizza has accrued customer choice awards in prominent publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Phoenix New Times, was named AOL City Guide's "Best Pizza" in Orange County, CA, and was ranked Washingtonian Magazine's "Best Pizza Restaurant" for four years running. PMQ placed zpizza at #33 for Top 50 U.S. Pizzerias for the 2009 Pizza Power Report.