April 22, 2005
We were seated right away on a Sunday evening. The manager greeted us and sat us, and the wait staff was courteous and polite. The menu was made of paper (it probably changes often). On one side there were the pizzas and salads, and on the other side were alcohol selections. There was a huge chalkboard on the wall written on with colorful chalk that displayed the multiple daily specials.
I felt that the restaurant had a lot of pizza selections, but that they could have had more salad selections. There were a couple specialty pizzas and a whole list of toppings that you could pick from, and in addition to that, there were four daily specials to pick from off the daily special menu. The small pizzas (10-inch) were priced around $11 each. My boyfriend and I decided to split a pizza and salad. For salads, the selection was a lot less. There were only three selections on the menu and only two more on the daily special menus. Neither the pizza nor the salad was anything typical of what you would find at your average pizza shop. The salads ran about $7 each.
For dinner, we ordered the Za pizza – chicken, asparagus, garlic, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and four cheeses (no red sauce). People should consider putting asparagus on pizza more often – it was really tasty. The crust was a little crunchy for me, but other than that, I was completely satisfied with it. I might attempt to make it myself.
We also ordered a salad that contained baby arugula, strawberries, pine nuts, and other greens with a balsamic vinaigrette. I was a little leery about having strawberries in my salad, but again, I was completely impressed with the salad. Sometimes restaurants put too much salad dressing on, but this salad had the perfect amount of dressing – they really know what they are doing!
The pizza was fine for two people to share. I could not have finished it on my own, but the salad was definitely more of a single-person thing, although $7 for a single serving of salad seemed a little pricey to me.
When it came time, we ordered dessert and opted to try the rhubarb terracotta. I had never had rhubarb, nor did I know what terracotta was. But it was delicious. I would definitely order it again. This, we did not split, but we each had our own, and it was the perfect finish to a great dinner.
From journal In and Around the Boston Area