Having had my share of different kinds of pizza over the years, I finally tried out a unique pizza that makes me even happier that I live in the Eastside. :) So what differentiates the pizza at Zelo's in the town of Arcadia from some of the other pizza joints in town? The answer lays in its corn meal crust. Yes, you're reading right. Zelo's pizza has corn meal crust.
I've been hearing for awhile now about Zelo's and finally my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped by for lunch one day. Stepping into the restaurant, I already liked the feel of it. The walls of the restaurant were decorated with everything from quirky pizza-themed album covers to autographed skateboards from those famed skateboarding Z-Boys and even a portrait of Hank Williams. How eclectic is that!
To the right of the restaurant, there is a refrigerated case where you can see the deep dish pizza pans containing pre-built uncooked pizzas. As opposed to ordering a whole pizza, you can opt to order single slices, which they will cook to order. In regards to their pizzas, they have 6 standards that are always on the menu: Sausage, Veggie, Corn, Four Cheese, Pepperoni and Della Salute (veggie without cheese). However, there are around 26 other specialty pizzas that they also make and will offer 2 different ones as specials every day.
For my meal there, I had two slices of pizza. In looking at them side-by-side, they looked so mouth-waterng, I had a hard time deciding which to try first. Finally, my love for mushrooms prevailed and I took a bite out of my Wild Mushroom pizza slice first. As for ingredients, this particular slice had the following: fontina cheese, mozzarella, domestic porcini & shitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.
That first bite was really interesting because there were two things that threw me off at first. First, I didn't taste any tomato sauce and second, the cheese was firmly in place and not "swimming around" as it tends to do when it's melted over aforementioned tomato sauce. I actually was quite happy to do without the tomato sauce, so I took another bite.
This time I paid more attention to the crust and it was just really delicious. I found it crispy and buttery and enjoyed the corny sweetness of it all. I also liked its rich denseness. Honestly, I was almost full just eating that one slice. Normally, I can consume 3 to 4 slices from pizza made with the more traditional flour dough, but that wouldn't be the case with Zelo's Pizza.
As for the other ingredients of this Wild Mushroom pizza, I really enjoyed the combination of flavors from the mushroom's earthiness to the sweet acidity of the sun-dried tomatoes. While I enjoyed every bite of the mushroom pizza, I was totally over the moon over the Corn Pizza.
I don't even know if I can find words to describe how much I really loved this pizza. You already have an amazing crust, but when you add to that freshly shucked corn, sweetly caramelized red onions, smoked mozzarella and the bite of fresh chives sprinkled on top, you get a pie that makes you happy to have taste buds.
If you ever make it to Zelo, you have to, have to get the corn pizza. Believe me, for those of you on the Westside, that pizza alone is worth the trip to my part of town. Just based on those two pizzas, I will be making a return trip because I'd love to sample more of Zelo's tasty wares. You should, too.
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328 E Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006