Zachary's Chicago Pizza in Oakland
If you're craving authentic Chicago pizza, you don't have to travel far. There's a restaurant in Oakland that has been serving up the East Bay's best stuffed, deep and thin crust for 40 years: Zachary's Chicago Pizza. This award-winning, employee-owned eatery has four locations in Oakland, Berkeley, Pleasant Hill and Pleasanton, but we're focusing on the one in Rockridge, which is just steps from the BART station.
Zachary's Chicago Pizza is famous for its stuffed pizza, made with fresh ingredients, three types of cheese and a special blend of spices. The pizza is baked upside down so that the cheese is under the sauce and the crust remains crispy. The most popular variants are the Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, the Zachary's Special with Italian sausage, peppers, onions and mushrooms and the Chicken Special with chicken breast, mushrooms and a fresh basil-garlic tomato sauce. If you prefer a thin crust, you can choose from many delicious options, such as the Mediterranean pizza with peppers, green olives, artichoke hearts and feta cheese, the barbecue house ;chicken pizza with red onions, coriander and a sweet-smoky barbecue sauce or the Italian tomato thin pizza with a garlic-herb-olive oil sauce, diced Roma tomatoes, chopped Spinach and mozzarella.
Zachary's Chicago Pizza also offers seasonal specials, such as the Chorizo con Papas pizza with Mexican chorizo sausage, roasted red potatoes, scallions and Monterey Jack cheese. You can also create your own pizza to your taste or order a gluten-free or whole wheat crust. Side dishes include salads, garlic bread and chicken wings. For those with a sweet tooth there are cookies, brownies and ice cream.
Zachary's Chicago Pizza is known not only for its delicious pizza, but also for its art. The restaurant has hosted an art competition since the 1980s and now has over 300 pieces of Zachary's Pizza artwork from the past three decades. The works of art decorate the walls of the restaurant, making it a unique and cozy place.
So next time you're in Oakland and craving a hearty and tasty pizza, stop by Zachary's Chicago Pizza in Rockridge. You won't regret it!