Restaurant of the Week: zPizza, Claremont

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The Laguna Beach-based zPizza chain opened a location in the Claremont Packing House this spring in the old Maui Wowi smoothie space. I’m a fan of the Upland location, featured here previously, and the Claremont location seems to have the same menu. What Claremont has over Upland is seating: It must hold at least twice as many people.

That makes for a more pleasant experience. Seating is so limited in Upland that even if you get a table, you don’t feel comfortable lingering.

I’ve been to the Claremont location a couple of times so far, once for the Monday special: two slices and a soda for $5. I had BBQ chicken and Napoli (pictured), preferring the latter. On an earlier visit, a friend and I ordered individual rustica pizzas. Mine was pear and gorgonzola, his was curry and candied yams ($9 each); his verdict, with which I would agree: “solid,” “very California” and “delicious.”

They also have sandwiches and salads, and traditional toppings like pepperoni too. Overall, zPizza is more California cuisine than pizzeria, but it’s a nice change from the norm.

Incidentally, Chino Hills used to have a zPizza, but it doesn’t seem to be affiliated with the chain any longer.

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  • Andy

    While having a 40 minute wait at Eureka Burger, I walked by zPizza and remembered my visit to zPizza circa 1996 at the University Town Center across the street to UCI. zPizza was a casual but modern sit down place with a busy take out service.

    Fast foward nearly 17 years later, the Wherehouse, Improv, El Torrito, and Radio Shack are gone from that plaza and suddenly there’s a zPizza with no wait next to Eureka. I walked in to find mostly pizza by the slice….. wanting something a bit more sit down, we kept on walking, though some of the pizza’s sound interesting. Eventually we went back to Eureka a few mins later.

    the point of the story, it ain’t the same zPizza from 1996 at Irvine University town center.