|article and photography by Nelli Tokleh|
I love New York.
Okay, I know that’s an overrated statement, but it’s a true fact. New York brings to mind magical winters, a concrete jungle with never-ending explorations, celebrity run-ins, late-night eateries and so much more.
So when I heard Zoli’s NY Pizza was reopening in North Texas, I thought this is my chance to enjoy that famous east coast pizza in the south, and maybe it’ll feel like I’m traveling to the Big Apple once again. Plus, if you enjoy the grub at Cane Rosso, you’ll definitely love Zoli’s (they’re sister brands).
The pizzeria features a straightforward menu of NYC-style pies, along with meaty “hero”
sandwiches, pastas, salads and more scrumptious bites. I stopped by for a menu sampling, so take a look at the drool-worthy pics below.
Starting with appetizers, the Garlic Knots are a must have. This comes in a bowl of knots (the soft bread) with olive oil, parmigiano, red pepper, sea salt and garlic. This app takes bread to a whole new delicious level.
The appetizer that really surprised me was the Lil Bastards (funny name!). This plate came with crispy Brussels sprouts and cauliflower tossed with bacon marmalade and slivered chiles. The bacon marmalade is a flavorful finishing touch to this starter. I truly couldn’t stop nibbling at the veggies!
Zoli’s also offers several wholesome sandwiches if you’re craving that instead of a pie. Warning: there is a lot of meat on them (all the better for many guests). There’s also a veggie option called the Eggplant Parm, and the flavors were just as satisfying.
Meatball Parm (a loaded sandwich with beef & pork meatballs, cherry pepper aioli, tomato
below is the CFC Parm (chicken breast coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, mozzarella).
You will probably ask for a to-go box due to its size. (Hey, leftovers aren’t always a bad thing!)
Next up is the pizza (yay!). All of Zoli’s pizzas are 14" round pies or 12 x 12" square pies for only $2 more. I like options! Choose from 10 pizzas and even a customizable pizza.
If you’re feeling like a classic pizza and don’t want any meat, opt for the Spangler (mozzarella, sauce,
basil, EVOO) or the NY White (mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil, sesame seed crust).
If you’re up for trying something new with meat on it, order the Lil’ Troy pizza. This one comes with
mozzarella, vodka sauce, mini meatballs, straciatella, cherry peppers and garlic breadcrumbs.
Spicy is a reoccurring theme here at Zoli’s. So if that’s what you’re in the mood for, order the Christian Pescroni. The square version is shown below. You’ll enjoy mozzarella, tomato sauce, double pepperoni, jalapeño pesto… just wow!
OR, get the Giles Flanigan with mozzarella, bacon, compressed pineapple, jalapeños, chiles, creamy
ricotta. (I love ricotta, so I thoroughly enjoyed this pizza.)
Happy Hour at Zoli’s is another reason to come back to this pizzeria during the work week. I bet you
work hard, so why not relax with friends over good drinks and food? Weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m., Zoli’s offers select $5 appetizers, house cocktails, house red wine and house white wine for $5, and Brooklyn lager for $5 as well. There are some fun options to choose from on the cocktail list, like the Schmoopie (vodka, blood orange, ginger beer, mint and grapefruit bitters) for $9 and the Strawberry Frose for $7.
|Strawberry Frose + Salad|
I hope you, too, feel like you’re experiencing the wonders of New York while you’re visiting Zoli’s. Like the restaurant on Facebook for more information and deals.
Zoli’s NY Pizza is located at
14910 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001.
(Disclaimer: My menu sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)