Hangriest Hour: Zpizza

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The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are cooling and school's back in session. It's that time of year when we start to spend a bit more time around town, watching football or enjoying a slightly darker batch of seasonal brews. And nothing says fall like the kind of slice that comes in a cardboard box.

This week: Zpizza

The 411 in the 406: Missoula’s been a happening pizza town for ages now. From established locals like Biga, Tower and the Bridge to chains like Mackenzie River, dough-tossing is practically an intramural sport around here. The latest arrived just a couple weeks ago—zpizza, a Laguna Beach-founded artisan pizzeria that currently has locations in 17 states. The new North Higgins restaurant marks zpizza’s third foray into Montana’s pizza scene; the company already has two storefronts in Billings.

Maintaining the rep: Zpizza boasts the company’s “passion for great food,” and it shows. Everything that can be organic is, from the dough to the skim mozzarella to the additive-free sausage. Put it all in front of a crust that resembles flatbread more than it does a chewy breadstick and you’ve got a product that won’t dilute Missoula’s already stellar reputation for quality “za.” Oh, and there are both vegan and gluten-free options too.

Buy the slice: We normally wouldn’t touch Hawaiian pizza with a 10-foot rotisserie spit, but it seemed like the ultimate test for a new pizzeria. We were not disappointed. Each pineapple popped with the kind of freshness you wouldn’t expect from something in a display case, and the ham was thick enough to shrug off any association with Canadian bacon. At $3 a slice, we’d definitely go back, especially if it meant a crack at the Casablanca, the Greek or the ZBQ Chicken. Zpizza also offers a range of salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes, as well as a line of specialty flatbread pizzas.

Where to find it: Zpizza is at 525 N. Higgins, right across from the XXXXs. For delivery—and remember, Griz tailgate season is upon us—call 406-926-2770.

Hangriest Hour serves up fresh details on western Montana eats. To recommend a restaurant, dish or chef for Hangriest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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