‘ZZA Pizza + Salad banks its business model on customer options

'Zza staff includes, from left to right, employee Stephany Riveria, co-owner Ryan McManus and General Manager Billy Oziransky. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Zza staff includes, from left to right, employee Stephany Riveria, co-owner Ryan McManus and General Manager Billy Oziransky. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

'Zza staff includes, from left to right, employee Stephany Riveria, co-owner Ryan McManus and General Manager Billy Oziransky. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The restaurant has nine salad options priced between $9 and $11 dollars. 'ZZA Pizza + Salad also offers customers that option to build their own. (Courtesy 'ZZA Pizza + Salad)
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'Zza co-owner Ryan McManus stands with a pepperoni pizza, $9, on the left and a Thai Dye pizza, $10, which are two of the restaurant's more popular items. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bee Cave resident Ryan McManus opened ‘ZZA Pizza + Salad with a business partner in December, just a few short months prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

www.zza-pizza.com

512-579-0227

11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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