Posted on April 18, 2013 by Marina

At ZaZaZa Pizza in Ottawa, pizza making is a form of art. Specifically, their philosophy is that food and the creation of food is a form of art and it is evident in the theatre decor, velvet curtains and chefs prepping meals on a raised stage complete with curtains.

Kristen McCloskey, Brand Manager, tells us more about this unique pizza place.

How would you describe ZaZaZa Pizza to someone who has never been here before?
ZaZaZa is all about fabulous, whole food Gourmet Pizza made from scratch. Our food is fresh and funky, our decor is theatre-inspired, our staff is friendly and down to earth, our vibe is all around cool.

What is the inspiration behind the name?

We have tried to inject a breath of fresh air into the world of pizza. We take fresh & wild toppings and create very fun, unique Gourmet Pizzas. The atmosphere of ZaZaZa, the staff and the Pizzas all have alot of zest and pizzazz, hence the name!

Who are the “artists”?
Our philosophy is that food and the creation of food is a form of art. We want to present Fresh Pizza, Decadent Desserts and Exquisite Wine as theatre. Our decor is largely influenced by theatre; you will notice a lot of deep rich reds, ornate gold trims, coloured stage lighting and of course velvet curtains! Our chefs are on a raised stage, complete with red curtains, where guests seated at the bar can watch the Artists making Pizzas from scratch.

Where do the inspirations for the pizza names come from?
Certain pizzas reflect certain experiences or people in my life. Family, friends, coworkers, guests and neighbours are all fair game! Putman’s Patient Paul is named after our neighbour Paul on Putman Avenue at our Beechwood location.

What is your favourite dish?
My favourite Pizza is the Crazy Horse; it has a delicious pesto base, topped with spinach, mozzerella, mushrooms, chicken, caramelized onions, pine nuts and goat cheese. As to the inspiration behind the name? Crazy Horse was my nickname in high school and these are all my favourite foods!

What is the restaurant’s involvement with charities and which ones have you supported?
We strongly believe in supporting local fundraising events and community organizations. Some of the charities we have supported include the Do It For Daron initiative supporting Mental Health Awareness in teens, the Ottawa Food Bank, Babes For Breasts for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Heart Institute.

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