With all the lo-cal pizza talk going around the office, I got curious about other 'healthy' pizza options in the city. Zpizza is a growing national pizza chain that serves pizzas adorned with skim mozzarella and organic toppings. The walls of the Greenwich Village branch are adorned with portraits of giant vegetables, nutritional information charts, and health-food buzzwords foreign to a pizza freak like me.
The undercarriage of my 160-calorie Tuscan slice bore diamond-shaped marks suggesting that it was cooked on a mesh screen, but the wheaty crust wasn't bad tasting or super-dense. It was topped with thinly sliced crimini, shiitake, and button mushrooms (let's be honest: not too many shiitakes). The skim-milk mozzarella was improved by the addition of savory feta and a smear of roasted garlic. Though the caramelized onions pushed the slice toward sweetness, they were nearly balanced by the mushrooms, feta, and a savory sprinkle of truffle oil. We're wary of truffle oil at Slice HQ, but this addition wasn't overpowering.
Was it top-notch pizza? No. But if you're a fan of mushroom pies and you're watching your diet, you could do worse.