Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Zelo: Off-Colorado

My first Off-Colorado post has to be Zelo!! I'm trying to keep my Off-Colorado posts to be joints on streets perpendicular and close to Colorado. But today's restaurant is parallel to Colorado in Arcadia. It's just too damn good to pass up and it rightly deserves its own blog posting.

Zelo is located in a non-interesting commercial area of Arcadia. I'm just happy I'm not doing FoothillChow - believe that!

Don't be concerned about the location because Zelo has the deepdish pizza in full effect! This is THE place for some serious deepdish cornmeal crust pizzas. This crust is amazing! I don't know how they do it. I've gone here a few times already and each time, they are consistent - the crust is always perfectly crunchy and delicious.

Using only the freshest ingredients, they have their regular pizza menu plus different special pizzas everyday. You can order by the slice, half or whole pie.

This time I went for a Broccoli and Black Bean Salad and a slice. I should have turned the salad around for the picture but this puppy has broccoli, black beans, mushrooms, greens with a dijon balsamic vinaigrette. I ordered this salad to satisfy my curiousity. The salad was only okay for me. I knew I made a mistake in ordering it, as I noticed all the other slices being served to the other customers - I wish I had ordered another slice. Live and learn my friends.

The pizza slice I ordered with the salad was off the special of the day menu. It's a Potato Pancetta pizza. This beauty has thin roasted potato slices, Italian bacon, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, and tomato sauce. I'm salivating as I write!

This isn't Chicago style, it's unlike Zacharys up north in Oaktown and Berkeley, nor does it resemble the Numero Uno chain thick crust version. You just have to try it yourself.

So I delayed this post so I could go back again later in the week and show some more slices. This time I skipped the salad and went for two slices - one off the regular menu and one off the special of the day menu.

Here we have their regular Corn Pizza and the special Spinach Pizza. The Corn pizza is tasty and unique - it has corn, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, balsamic marinated, oven-roasted red onions, and chives. This pie is highly recommended for those going to Zelo for the first time. Apparently, it's their best seller and you'll see why if you taste it. The Spinach pizza has sauteed spinach, garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, and diced tomatoes. This was good but I'll go for something else next time.

OK, so I delayed this post again so I can make an excuse to go back. This time I went for a Veggie slice (top) - and a Sausage pizza slice (bottom) - both off the regular menu. The Veggie one has Roasted eggplant, marinated green peppers, sauteed onions, shrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella. The Sausage has everything on the Veggie sans the mushrooms and eggplant and plus homemade sausage.

Three words: GO TO ZELO!

Zelo Cornmeal Crust Pizzas
328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia, CA 91006 (626) 358-8298
Tues - Sat 11:30am - 9pm; Sun 3pm - 9pm


  • At July 15, 2006 3:55 PM, Blogger rick james said…

    i'm gonna try this place for sure.. dunno when though.. but for sure..

  • At July 15, 2006 6:19 PM, Blogger chowchow said…

    Off location - good eats - highly recommended. They also do a half-cooked pie too - you can finish the baking at home. Tell me what you think when you get a chance to try it out.

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