Posts Tagged ‘pizza’

downtown lunch : mod pizza


Not that I’m having lunch downtown anymore really, since I’m unemployed. However, I did get the chance to try out Mod Pizza twice before leaving my lonely office aerie early last month. Located at 1302 6th Avenue (Union Square), this place is relatively new to the neighborhood.

I should point out that I am a rather picky pizza eater with all kinds of pizza rules and regulations that I will be happy to bore you with if you’re dumb nice enough to ask. That said, the pizza isn’t bad, especially for the price. For $6 you can order off the menu of predetermined toppings or you can design your own. I spent less than $10 for a pizza, a beverage, and a ding-dong (impulse buy). I was full, happy, and I really can’t say that there are a lot of places in the downtown office building area that can provide all that for less than $12. Plus, did I mention ding-dongs? It’s been years!

The crust is a thin wood-fired jobbie that, while not spectacular, is a good vehicle for the toppings. The sauce is a little on the sweeter side (rather than spicy), but is tasty. The toppings are what make this pizza worthwhile: fresh, plentiful, and varied. I got a plain cheese one time and an artichoke/onion combo another. As a whole, the pizza is light and fresh tasting, rather than a huge greasy gut bomb that no one wants in the middle of the day. Service isn’t “ultra fast,” but it is well-paced and you don’t spend your whole lunch ordering and waiting for your food.

Overall, if you’re looking for a fast, tasty pizza for lunch, I’d say definitely give it a go.

‘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.

I Came, I Zaw, I Blogged

I have been walking by the pizza place called ‘Zaw for months now on my way to the Capitol Hill Trader Joe’s, and it is now open. While under construction, the windows were plastered with such groan-inducing slogans as, “Remember when that cool kid moved in on your block? That’s what ‘Zaw is.” (Or something like that.) Everything about it pre-opening tempted me to go into snark overload the likes of which the world of blogging has never seen. HOWEVER, I am just going to try* to present the facts and let you, dear reader, add your well-reasoned thoughts to the comments:

They describe ‘Zaw as “pizza in the raw” (the concept formerly known as “take and bake”)
They use Bob’s Red Mill organic white and wheat flour, and they make a limited amount of a gluten-free dough as well
They will add freshly-ground flax seed to your dough
They sell growlers-to-go for beer
The beers and wines are local and, in some instances, organic
They strive to make pizzas with S.O.U.L. (that’s Seasonal, Organic, Unique, and Local)
They call their Italian flatbread starter an “appeti’zaw” and have pizzas and salads named “The Arizawna”, “The Vietzawm” and “The Caezaw Salad”
They offer delivery via bicycle

So what do you think of the concept? Is it an idea that sounds intriguing enough that you will give it a whirl? Will the overlords at metblogs reach into their vast, deep, pockets to reimburse me for a pizza (I mean, ‘zaw) and a growler?

1424 E. Pine St. (at 15th)

*Whenever someone says they will “try” to do something, I can’t help but remember an episode of The Simpsons where Marge asks Bart, “Promise me you’ll try to behave?” Bart’s respsonse: “I can’t promise to try, but I promise I’ll try to try”

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