A big, warm, welcome to Ion Aimers and his new restaurant, Za Za Za, Pizza with Pizazz to the Glebe!
For the past few weeks, a big banner in the window at their new location declared, "An end to Bland Pizza!" With that bold declaration and its positioning between a Pizza Pizza and a Pizza Hut, I was intrigued.
This morning, minutes before opening its doors for the first time, two hospitable servers were stationed as sentries out front and after getting the scoop from them, I wandered in for a sneak peek.
Once inside, the red velvet swag at the pass, the twinkling chandeliers, sculptures, and inviting armchairs sprinkled here and there immediately created a operatic atmosphere. It reminded me my friend Marco's eccentric, art-filled Palazzo in Venice. In true Italian style, linen napkins grace each of the place settings. So civilized.
If you're dining alone you can sit at the counter facing the kitchen to watch the pizzaiolo in action.
In talking to Mr Aimers today, I learned that he relies on fresh, quality ingredients, dough made daily on site and creative combinations for his thin crust pizzas to bring him a steady clientèle. Important basics.
Tonight's opening night dinner is a fund raiser for the Ottawa Food Bank. Kudos to Mr Aimers for his continued philanthropic efforts.
My friends and are a going to pop in tonight to see if we can score a table. Forks crossed!
One thing's for sure, if the reviews are anything like the ones his other Za Za Za restaurant at Beechwood has under its belt, it will be an enchanting and delicious evening.