Brown Street adds pizza to the line up with the addition of Columbus based Wizard of Za Pizza. Housed in the location formerly occupied by Zombie Dogs, the restaurant group behind Hunny Bee’s chicken and Fusion brought the Wizard to Dayton in a fun renovated space.
Wizard of Za pizza is not Detroit style as described by local pizza aficionado Jim Chrissis. He says this is a solid take on a Sicilian pizza with a really good focaccia base. Rumor has it the starter for the dough came to Ohio from Sicily. The dough is featured prominently in the artwork adorning the brightly painted walls.
We had the Pepperoni Pizza ($22 for the full size, feeds 3-4) with that extra charred cupped up pepperoni, red sauce, and mozzarella. We opted for the “Gimme It All” toppings which included parmesan cheese, olive oil, fresh basil and a hot honey drizzle. I will be back for this pie again soon. We sampled the cheesy bread, ($7 for a large order) garlic knots ($5 for a small order) and the meatballs ($7). The meatballs were full of flavor and the marinara was surprisingly spicy.
The menu has pizza for all tastes and an alternate vodka sauce is an option if you want to move away from the traditional red pizza sauce. Pesto, Hawaiian, Sausage, Cheese Pie and an all tomato pie make the list as well. The menu offers full pizzas like we shared, personal sized pizzas as well as individual slices for a quick grab and go lunch. Very fitting for the location.
We loved seeing Killer Brownie as the sole provider of sweets on the menu. The only thing missing was a fresh salad offering.
Set to open early next week this is a great addition to the strip of restaurants that includes Fusion, Potbelly, BibiBop and Hunny Bee’s Chicken.
The Wizard of Za
1200 Brown St.
Dayton, OH 45409
Dayton, OH 45409
Opens to the public Tues, Nov 15th.
http://www.thewizardofza.com/menu/ for a complete menu.