We stopped into the California-born zpizza franchise on Washington Blvd. tonight (caddy corner from Tallula) to “see” for ourselves about their gluten-free friendliness. Note, that this is not so unrealistic: the zpizza corporate Web site touts the chain’s gluten-free options. Just visit the home page – you’ll see the ad.
The reason I felt like I had to stop in was that the ad does not GO ANYWHERE. You go into the list of ingredients and then if you want to find a gluten-free crust – you have to click on the menus on a franchise-by-franchise basis. Not to mention, I wanted to see for myself just how that GF crust would be cooked. Dedicated prep surface? Dedicated oven? From what I saw on this visit, that is not likely. However, I will say that it is not impossible.
While the shop boasts signs everywhere promoting their standard organic ingredients and specialty wheat crust as well as organic tomato sauce offerings, the lack of any such gluten-free posters is an ominous sign.
We decide to inquire. The front woman very kindly indicates that yes, she knows many of the zpizzas offer a gluten-free pizza crust, but at this time they do not.
We sigh, defeated.
“Both of my managers considered it,” she says. “In the end they decided against it.”
We sigh again. “Ok,” we say.
But it occurs to me on the way home…if it’s just two people we have to convince, why not write a letter? So, for those inclined – here is the address.
Manager, zpizza, 2710-B Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Before you waste your time writing to my zpizza, check to see if your nearest franchise boasts the elusive gluten-free crust on their menu.
As Bartles and Jaymes would say – “Thank you for your support.”