Restaurant of the Week: zPizza, Upland

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zPizza, 1943 N. Campus Ave. (at 19th), Upland

zPizza is a chain founded in Laguna Beach with 49 locations in California, but the one in Upland’s Colonies Crossroads Center is the only Inland Empire spot. There’s also one in Glendora, at 1365 E. Gladstone St. (*Turns out there’s also one in Chino Hills at 3090 Chino Ave., although it’s not listed on zPizza’s website.)

zPizza is in a small storefront on the north end near Starbucks and is cramped, with only a half-dozen tables inside and a few more outside. You order at the counter.

But zPizza is different and pretty good. Their pizzas are on the healthy side, with organic flour and tomato sauce, gourmet toppings and the options of wheat crust or vegan. They even have gluten-free beer, if that’s how you roll.

I go there now and then for their slice, salad and soda special ($7). Recently a friend and I tried it out for dinner.

We split a pear and gorgonzola salad ($8.50) and the Tuscan pizza ($17.50 for a large) on whole wheat crust. It’s a white pizza, no tomato sauce, with roasted garlic, mozzarella and feta cheese, shiitake and button mushrooms, caramelized onions, truffle oil and thyme. We liked the pizza and the salad both. The only downsides were the shoebox location and the 9 p.m. closing; it’s not a great dinner spot. The service was cheerful.

You can view the menu here. The rustica pizzas, on what they call a “free-form crust,” look delicious, as does the curry chicken sandwich.

This isn’t the sort of place you’d get a pizza to share with your buddies on football night (although you can get pepperoni), but as essentially a quick-service version of California Pizza Kitchen, it’s pretty good. This is my second-favorite Upland pizza joint, after San Biagio’s.

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  • Matthew Wheaton

    hey david i was wondering if you could find out what happened to the arbys on mountain i drove by yesterday and all the signs Are gone did we loose another restaurant in upland?????

    [Yep. -- DA]

  • Ms. Lois

    David,

    One of my friends works at that Arby’s. They have moved to the Arby’s on Foothill in Upland.

    [That's at least one job spared. -- DA]

  • Wendy Leung

    Gluten-free beer is not really how I roll but I like that the option is there.

  • Bob House

    Shout out to Ms. Leung on her excellent article on Dr. Wing in the DB over the weekend. As a kid I passed that “odd” sign on Holt for years, always wondering about it. It’s great to finally read the rich story behind it. And to find out Dr. Wing was a fellow Claremonter.

    [I'll pass along the kudos, Bob. -- DA]

  • Ready2draw

    There’s a ZPizza in Chino Hills, too…

    [A friend tells me it's a 3090 Chino Ave., Chino Hills, by the Harkins Theater. I'll add it to the writeup. It's not listed on the zPizza website. -- DA]

  • milton neri

    hi david..im a kitchen manager of zpizza and im looking for a job…if you can send me a email..please.;-);-)

    [? -- DA]