Zaa! Simply Unique Pizza - Rochester Hills
Zaa! Simply Unique Pizza has closed. Their is currently a sign on the door thanking patrons for their short run in the pizza business in Rochester Hills. I'm going to miss their affordable lunch buffet!
Here is my original review of Zaa from when they opened in 2010...
Zaa! Simply Unique Pizza opened recently in Rochester Hills. I did not know what it was at first and thought it was maybe just another pizza joint. Thankfully, I was wrong and by a long shot.
If you have not heard of Tomatoes Apizza ("One of the 25 best pies on Earth" -GQ) in Farmington Hills, take a moment to read up on it with my review here. In a nutshell, the owner of Zaa! worked at Tomatoes Apizza and decided to open his own restaurant, taking with him what he's learned about gourmet pizza making.
Zaa!'s style is an ultra thin crust pizza topped with the best ingredients around.
Don't let the top-notch taste and quality fool you when it comes to price. Zaa! is extremely affordable. I can't see why anyone would pay more to go to Pizza Hut's lunch buffet when Zaa!'s noon - 3p lunch buffet has all you can eat pizza, salad, breadsticks, pasta and soft drinks for $5. The buffet lunches that both Tomatoes Apizza and Zaa! offer may be the best bargains in Oakland County.
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Zaa!'s menu items & prices:
Pizzas: The Zaa! (sauce and Mozzarella) $9/$14, The Popeye Zaa! (Spinach, Mozzarella, Garlic and Spices) $11/$14, The Liberal Zaa! (Mozzarella, Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil) $11/$14, The Conservative Zaa! (Lots of Sauce, Sprinkle of Parmesan) $8/$12, The Old School Zaa! (Mozzarella, Lots of Sauce, Parmesan and Basil) $11/$14, The Virgin Sampler Zaa! (1/4 Liberal, 1/4 Popeye, 1/4 Zaa!, 1/4 Old School) $13/$19.
Additional Toppings Include: Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, Meatball, Salami, Anchovies, Artichoke, Hearts, Onions, Green Peppers, Sliced Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes, Black Olives, Spinach, Fresh Mushrooms, Jalapenos, Garlic and Basil
Salads: Anti-Pasto Salad $7.99, Caesar Salad $7.99, Greek Salad $7.99, Caprese Salad $11.99, Create Your Own 32 cents per oz.
Sides & Pasta: Simply Garlic Bread $5, Unique Cheese Bread $7, Spaghetti & Meatballs $9, Spaghetti Marinara $7, Spaghetti Oil & Garlic $7, Diablo Penne $9
I took a moment to chat with the owner, Michael Rosenberg. Michael studied in Chicago, came to Michigan, worked at Tomatoes Apizza for three years, and then opened Zaa! If you live far from Rochester Hills, you may not have to wait long to experience Zaa!'s at a location near you. Rosenberg hopes to open more locations, possibly in Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor...
Tomatoes Apizza cooks their pies with coal and brick ovens. I didn't see the same setup at Zaa! Michael explained that the previous business in this location used a conveyor belt. So, he experimented and tested it out until he got the exact taste he was looking for.
Zaa! Simply Unique Pizza
165 S. Livernois
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
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