Since its inception in July 1998, Za’s Brick Oven Pizza has been Shandon’s favorite neighborhood pizza joint. Actually, to call it a “pizza joint” would be a little misleading. That’s because Za’s is not your typical pizza restaurant. Za’s has some of the most interesting pizza combinations around, as well as a wide selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and more. Combine all of this with an extensive wine list and an upscale yet casual atmosphere, and it’s no wonder they have been so successful over the past almost 13 years.
With pizza combinations such as grilled lime chicken, caramelized onions, jalapenos, mozzarella cheese and salsa – the Santa Fe Za, if you were wondering – you can see that the pizza chefs at Za’s are not afraid to step outside of tradition. On the other hand, when it comes to cooking that pizza they like to stick to their roots. Za’s cooks all of their pizzas the old-fashioned way, using a real wood-fired brick oven. Maybe this is the secret to Za’s being voted best pizza by Columbia Metropolitan magazine’s readers for 10 straight years.
Whether you are looking to have a quick meal on your way to an event or want to sit and enjoy a long conversation with old friends, Za’s attentive and friendly staff will accommodate your every need. You can grab a quick sandwich or enjoy a full four course meal in either of Za’s two dining rooms or on the spacious patio. Many stop by just for a cocktail and to see the beautiful tree sculpture over the bar. Za’s is so much more than a pizza joint without losing that friendly “everybody’s a regular” atmosphere.