Review: ZAZA Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co., Little Rock AR

One blazing hot pizza trend is the assembly line pizza-and-salad concept. Each place has its own twist, but the basic process is that the menu features a wide assortment of specialty pizza and specialty salad options, and you can also craft your own unique meal.

Potato and Feta slice; click any image to enlarge

Either the pizza or the salad is big enough to make a meal for one. You order at a counter where you can view the ingredients, your meal is assembled rapidly, and you either pick up your order or it is brought to your table.

Italian sausage pizza

We’ve seen this approach at the larger new chains, like MOD Pizza, and some smaller ones near Philadelphia like RapiDough and SNAP Custom Pizza. When visiting Little Rock, we saw that ZAZA (two locations, Little Rock and Conway) was getting the best reviews, so we tried it on a rainy night in March.

Despite the flash flood warnings that evening, this large, modern, attractive two-story space filled up quickly. The menu includes wood-fired personal-size pizzas, dinner-size salads, soup, soft drinks, wine and beer, and gelato. The salad options had terrific visual appeal, but we didn’t try them.

Assembly process; oven on the left

Most of the pizzas were in the $12 – $13 range, and we chose to split two pies. The sausage pizza included house-made Italian sausage, Fontina and Parmesan cheeses, post-bake arugula, roasted bell pepper, caramelized onion, and tomato sauce.

Italian sausage pizza, served on the peel

Our other pie was defined by potato and feta cheese: toppings included Feta, Mozzarella, Parmesan, caramelized onion, yellow …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote