A serendipitous moment took place at a wine festival I attended and volunteered at took place. While sampling various vinos a little chow is not only going to be necessary, it’s going to be inevitable.
From generic food stands to flavored nuts to seafood to pasta, and everything in between. I’m only glossing over what I saw or what I choose to see, but once I saw JZ’s Brick Oven Pizza, it only felt right and this was destined to be.
As you can see they had a limited menu for the festival which is only right. You only need just a few slices to please everyone. Luckily, they pleased me and it seems like most of the attendees would concur.
I went with the cheese and since I’ve seldom had it anywhere, the Greek.
What immediately stood out is how cheap all these slices were. Everything, including the aforementioned slices, the pepperoni and buffalo chicken were only $3.00. For any type party, festival, or facsimile that is a bargain. And I may be understating that. I’ve seen similar food trucks charge more than double what they’re asking for. That’s automatic brownie (or cheesy, man I’m cheesy) points in my book.
These slices would be worth double that. I mean that sincerely. These were highly enjoyable. No it’s not going to win best pizza in the world nor that does scenario really apply here. These tiny guys were delectable. I really got the brick oven feel and taste that I haven’t always gotten from places that proclaim the same. Maybe it’s the people and brains behind the operation, but the folks behind these slices seemed to be enjoying themselves. And the charring looks artistic.
In spite of the growing lines, my pizza came out swiftly and efficiently. The cheese tasted exactly how I had hoped, nothing more, nothing less. Maybe it was the festival vibe and atmosphere, but this was comfort food and it’s finest. And this was a source of comfort.
The Greek was the stand-out of the two. I could have devoured a whole pie of these. The garlic, feta, olives, spinach and tomatoes blended together to make a champion.
Maybe the stroke of genius is these slimmer slices only left you wanting more. I did notice familiar faces going back more seconds, and maybe thirds (even more?) and that’s the sign of a winner.
I do believe this would work in a multitude of settings. The atmosphere of this event lent itself to foods and wines maybe tasting better than they normally would in a regular environment. Most people aren’t too picky, they just want good food with a good vibe. This was the best of both.
And I would love to have this again.
The website is easy to navigate. The menu, contact information, and other particulars can be found all on the same page. Everything about JZ’s would point to be being on the same page.
I’d like to make mention that I had the good fortune of meeting someone, while volunteering, connected to this group but misplaced their contact information. She said her family is the ones behind this and have now opened up a new restaurant in the Towson, MD area. I had promised to do an honest write-up and wanted to give them credit as well. If you happen to read this I just wanted to make mention and say thanks so much.
Here’s to a great Summer and festival season,