McManus’ background is in technology, but said his passion for food and local business led him to begin the new venture. Despite being a relatively new restaurant, McManus said support from the Bee Cave community has been incredibly encouraging.
“Even in the face of adversity, we opened the restaurant right before an unforeseen pandemic,” McManus said. “We’re super proud that we’ve been able to stay open throughout it.”
Even more amazing, he said, the restaurant has retained its crew of local employees and continues to offer carry out orders.
McManus said word of mouth has been a driving force behind ‘ZZA’s success, and regular customers have already developed a list of favorite menu items, including the Pizza Meat’ZZA, made with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, spicy sausage and shredded parmesan.
While traditionally salads can be more of an afterthought, McManus said his restaurant strives to produce salads as equally gratifying as the pizzas.
In general, there’s nothing traditional or expected about ‘ZZA Pizza, he said, and pointed to standout menu items that include a ‘ZZA’Lafel salad with Greek yogurt-mint dressing and the Thai Dye pizza topped with spicy peanut sauce, sweet peppers and chicken.
“I think, really, people respond to different combinations of flavors behind some of these super tasty creative pizzas,” McManus said. “Especially in this climate, we’re really confident that this is a brand and a menu that our community can really get behind.”
‘ZZA Pizza + Salad
15511 W. Hwy. 71, Ste. 150, Bee Cave
11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily