For a while, I had been meaning to check out Za on Mass Ave in Arlington as I had heard it was akin to Cambridge 1 (in terms of mainly a menu of pizzas and salads).
My wife and I an a couple of friends decided to stop over on a frigid (and lazy) Saturday evening this past weekend. We stopped in, hustled by the bitter wind, and saw the place was full. We put our names in, sat at the benches lining the wall near the host table (small gripe: this waiting area kind of faces people awkwardly close to people eating).
I looked over the menu and the specials board and was impressed by the microbrews and the general selection. When we were seated, I ordered an iceberg lettuce/blue cheese/bacon salad and a basic cheese & mushroom pizza...and a tasty bottled ale (I wish I could recall the name). The salad, while simple (just a quater of a head of iceberg lettuce drizzled with a ranch dressing, bacon crumbles, and blue cheese bits) absolutely hit the spot. The pizzas took their time (which we were told of by our waitress...which was fine), so we had plenty of time to sit and chat over drinks. The pizzas came, and while the comparison to Cambridge 1's pizzas kind of fell apart, they were tasty. My mushroom pizza was pretty standard...soft crust, a little greasy...very standard. But for the $6 price, it was delicious. Simple good pizza. Word around the table was that the more "fancy" toppings were really good.
All in all it was a very low-key casual and relatively inexpensive place to eat. Very enjoyable...a definite high-point is its changing (I suppose) and varied beer list...and the specials. I'll definitely be back.