‘zaw – obnoxious name, good pizza

We tried out ‘Zaw over the weekend, and despite the cringe factor they do make a pretty good pizza.

I knew about their focus on seasonal, local ingredients, but for some reason I thought the pizzas were pre-made, maybe even frozen. They are actually made to order, so you can choose a combination from the menu (if you can stand browsing through the “Vietzawmn”s and the “Arizawna”s), or you can design your own – you can even do 1/2 and 1/2.

The good news is that you get a freshly made pizza to take home. The not so good news is that it takes them about ten minutes to prepare your pizza, and ten minutes is entirely too long to hang out in a place adorned with slogans like, “adored by herbivores, carnivores, and locavores” and “great people serving great food to great people.” Next time, I’ll place my order in advance, which you can do by phone or on their website.

We went for the “Shroom Fest,” which was loaded with three types of mushrooms (Ostrom’s from Olympia) and had a nice blend of Asagio and Mozerella cheeses. We also got a “Naked ‘zaw,” which is your basic cheese, in the “appeti ‘zaw” size. They can do any pizza in the smaller size for $3 less. We tried the wheat crust on the mushroom pizza, which was a little too healthy-tasting for me, but their regular crust was very nice. It’s a thin crust – almost like a flatbread.

So would I try it again? Yes, I think I would – but next time I would order in advance and try to get in and out as quickly as possible, because staring at their big ‘zaw this and ‘zaw that menu board will kind of ruin your appetite.

3 Comments so far

  1. jameson on October 28th, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    It also seemed expensive for a pizza you have to bake yourself.

  2. jessejb on October 29th, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    I second that

  3. heidi (heidiu) on October 29th, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    I dunno – it’s comparable in price to a similarly sized Pagliacci pizza, and I kind of like that I can pick it up ahead of time and bake it when I want. I’m out of the delivery area for both, so I have to pick it up either way.

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