When was the last time you ate something gluten free? According to Wikipedia, a gluten-free diet (GFD) is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and all their species and hybrids. Simply put, some people have given up gluten altogether for health reasons.
Those living or working in Dubai Marina would be familiar with the name zpizza. They are more popularly known for their gluten free offerings and so they had quite a following back then. Due to contract issues, the brand closed for business on October 31, 2015 and the franchisor reassigned the license to another agency and successfully relaunched the new branch in Barsha on October 23, 2016.
A month has passed and here I am with my friends at the newly relaunched branch about to try what they have to offer. It’s a small shop in Barsha but we found it easily thanks to the prominent signage outside. The California pizza outlet offers authentic and exclusive recipes with natural ingredients to traditional pizza lovers, health-conscious consumers and refined palates alike.
We ordered their bestsellers and here’s a quick rundown on what you should try and what you should pass on when you dine in here or order for delivery.
Firstly, you have to try the melt-in-your-mouth skillet-baked, marinated chicken ZWings. It’s savory and had a lot of flavor in it and the ranch dip adds a little something to the already tasty wings.
The parmesan flat bread sticks is like the prelude before you try their pizza. The marinara sauce added more zest and definitely complemented the bread.
We also tried their cobb salad which by the way looked exactly how it looked in the menu so I was pretty impressed. Bonus was it tasted really good and you can tell that the ingredients especially the lettuce were fresh and I would highly recommend this one.
We tried the subs too. One was the meatballs and the other one is the super sub. It had smoked beef ham, salami, provolone cheese, tomatoes, mixed greens, mayonnaise and Italian dressing on ciabatta bread. It was good but it’s not really for me. I feel like it’s too healthy for my taste. The hot meatball sub however was what I really liked. It had meatballs of course, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce and this one is what you should try when you visit the place.
We then ordered two medium sized pizzas and asked if they can split it in two so we can sample more flavors. They agreed and I just want to say I like restaurants like these when they listen to customers and they are flexible and are ready to give them what they want. So we had half Mexican, half Santa Fe, half Pepperoni and half Carnivore. I’m not a fan of the Santa Fe and the Mexican although with a mild spice level was a bit pungent for me.
The Pepperoni was as expected good but I would absolutely order the Carnivore again. I like meat on my pizza and they did put a lot of it on there. It was perfect and that would be the first thing on my mind now when I think of zpizza.
We finished our meal with the tiramisu and the cheesecake. The tiramisu was ok but the cheesecake although plain was surprisingly good. You would wonder what they did to come up with a cheesecake as good as this one. It had the right amount of sweetness and leaves a pleasant aftertaste in your mouth.
Overall, zpizza lived up to my expectations. I really didn’t expect a lot for a pizza joint because I find them all to be the same with an exception of a few good ones. zpizza is different because you get to eat gluten free food without compromising the taste. So if ever you’re thinking of having a pizza night or a pizza party in the office but still want healthier, naturally better options, think of zpizza. With 100 percent all-natural, non-GMO flour, zpizza’s hand-crafted artisan dishes has definitely got a ‘pizza’ my heart. ❤️🍕