It's hard to argue with Zachary's Chicago Pizza's 150 Best Pizza awards. Perhaps it's the unique stuffed pizza form factor, or the mildly spicy pizza ... More
Zachary's Chicago Pizza
It's hard to argue with Zachary's Chicago Pizza's 150 Best Pizza awards. Perhaps it's the unique stuffed pizza form factor, or the mildly spicy pizza sauce that makes this pizza place so popular? Whatever the reason, Zachary's has been a favorite amongst it's clientele since the 1980's and will remain that way, as it continues to please it's fans, now even offering gluten-free pizza, and a take and bake option for those wanting to serve fresh and piping hot pizza in their homes. However, If you do come inside, you'll get to admire the many unique pieces of customer-submitted art - winners from Zachary's biennial art contests.
I miss living in the east bay cuz I miss Zachary's! Can I get them to express a pizza to LA overnight?? : ) Nothing come close here. When I drive up to visit my family knows the first place I want to eat lunch at is Zachary's. I love how the pepperoni is under the cheese and the sauce has chunks of tomatoes in it. And the deep dish is amazing! One slice will fill you up. I always go to the one on Solano Ave because it's nice to walk around there after you fill up on this pizza pie. The pic I added to the right was from my last visit in April '07. The slice is acually bigger than what it looks like there. Healthy fresh pizza! I love you Berkeley folks, and I love Zachary's!
If you love pizza you'll love this place.
My favorite is the deep dish pizza with spinach and tomatoes.
DON'T FORGET TO BRING CASH. They don't take credit cards. The place is a little small so you might have to wait a few minutes for a seat, but it's well worth it.
Zachary's is a wonderful establishment which appeals to a broad base of customers. In visiting the place yesterday, I quickly found my seat and ordered a chicken breast pizza, deep-dish style. One can also order slices, which are served immediately, whereas the deep-dish pizzas take approximately 30 minutes to prepare and bring to your table. The pizza was piping hot with lots of cheese and covered with vine-ripened tomatoes. It was excellent. In addition, the pizza crust reminds me of the excellent pizza establishments in New York and Chicago. There are a couple of important reminders when visiting Zachary's: (1) get there early, because the place fills up quickly; (2) order quickly because it will take 30-45 minutes to prepare the pizzas; (3) the portions are quite large; for example a small deep-dish pizza is sufficient for 2-3 people. This was a wonderful experience for us and I would not hesitate to return.
I used to be a regular at Zach's on College Ave. as an undergrad at CAL. I now live in San Ramon and can't always manage the drive past the Caldecott Tunnel. When I heard that Zach's was opening a branch in San Ramon, I could hardly wait. Apparently everybody felt the same way. I walked in the 2nd day they opened because the phone lines were already jammed and I couldn't get through to place a TO GO order!
While not as good as I remember, it was still pretty good. I think they changed the crust recipe or shaved some minutes off the cooking time to accomodate the impatient throngs. Whatever they did, the crust wasn't as crispy and the toppings, except for the cheese and tomatoes, a tad skimpy. My old favorite is the chorizo special and I only found 1 piece of sausage in 2 pizza slices.
The 2nd time I ordered a half-baked TO GO and it was much better. Perhaps the new staff just needs more time and training. The Mediterranean was great and more than met my expectations. At home, I cranked up my oven and cooked the pizza according to the instructions and was eating perfection 20 minutes later. The crust was crispy and flaky at the same time. There was a liberal sprinkling of feta, artichokes, olives and red bell peppers. This is my new favorite. Next time, I'll add chicken.
Another good thing, they accept credit cards now. Also lots of parking. The San Ramon branch is already crowded. The outdoor patio seems cramped with tiny tables and bench seating. The dining room is small. While the wait for TO GO is also long, especially if you can't call it in, I recommend ordering a half-baked, stuffed pizza and finish cooking it in your own oven.
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