To kick-off National Pizza Week, Jan. 9-15, Zpizza  adds the fan-created Pepperoni Caprese Pizza to its menu through the end of January.
Last October, Zpizza asked Facebook fans to build their dream pepperoni pizza via the “Pure Pepperoni Design Your Dream Pizza” recipe contest, using pepperoni and any existing ingredients at Zpizza. Zpizza’s culinary team, known as Sid’s Kitchen, and a food and restaurant reporter for The Orange County Register judged entries.
The winning Pepperoni Caprese recipe was created by Mellissa Clark of Ohio. The Pepperoni Caprese, made with 100 percent certified organic wheat flour dough, takes a twist on the Italian antipasto dish “Insalata Caprese” of sliced fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and basil, seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper, with the addition of roasted red peppers and Zpizza’s new all natural pepperoni, known as Pure Pepperoni.
The pizza can also be made with gluten-free or wheat crust.
“The fresh, bright flavors from the classic salad in the style of Capri highlight the robust taste of our all-natural pepperoni,” says Sid Fanarof, founder of Zpizza and contest judge. “We chose this recipe because of its unique flavor profile that best complemented the pepperoni, and [because] it was inspired by a simple Southern Italian dish.”
Zpizza locations will be sampling the Pepperoni Caprese pizza in stores during National Pizza Week from Jan. 9-15.
In addition, from January 15-19, members of ztribe, Zpizza’s loyalty program, will receive an exclusive email offer for a free small Pepperoni Caprese Pizza with purchase of any extra large pizza.
As part of its commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients at reasonable price, Zpizza’s culinary team spent two years developing a specially formulated, all-natural, MSG-free pepperoni with no added nitrites and no preservatives. Pure Pepperoni has the same flavor profile and nutrition content, but is a higher quality product and is the only pepperoni used in all 100 Zpizza locations.