I've been here at least a dozen times, and I'm always pleased.
When it first opened last year, I was skeptical. I didn't appreciate the gimmick of oblong pizza. I felt like the name was dumb. I wasn't crazy about people describing it as "Chipotle, but for pizza."
Those things are all true, but Zablong is worth your time and your ten dollars.
Even when the line is long -- which it often is during lunchtime -- you're in and out in a reasonable amount of time. Your pizza is custom-made and the ingredients are well-curated. The employees are attentive and efficient. The patrons are all so happy to get a tasty pizza that even the wait time is pleasant.
It's easy to dine gluten free or with other dietary restrictions. The menu is clear about what's safe for different diets. My favorite part is that the GF upcharge is modest (just $1) and when you ask for a gluten free crust, the employee helping you will ask "Is this an allergy or a preference?" If you, like me, have Celiac disease, each person down the line will change their gloves and use designated utensils. They take cross-contamination very seriously at Zablong. I so appreciate the extra effort.
The menu changes slightly and seasonally almost each time I visit. I hope they bring back the horseradish cream sauce; it's a real delight!
I see on Yelp this place is getting 5 out of 5 stars, and I 100% agree. If you like a pizza with a lot of fresh toppings, this is your spot. For a little over $9 you load your pizza with as much as you want, and then when its all done baking, you load on the final post baked ingredients (i.e. fresh basil, olives, arugula, olive oil, etc), the way it should be done. Great crust, lots of different sauces, and it's a BIG pie, you could eat the whole thing, but don't, that's probably way too many calories.
Only 1 Suggestion, and it might be a Million Dollar idea. The wait can get a bit backed up, and that's inevitable, UNLESS, you pump some money into an online ordering system or simple kiosk ordering system and just let people mosey on up when they are ready to pick up their pizza.
Zablong rocks! So this place is super popular in uptown right now. If you're in uptown during lunch time, odds are you'll see people walking around with those zebra striped weird rectangular pizza boxes. Those are all Zablong.
My coworkers and i have taken to going 2 or 3 times a week to this place. Its really great because you get to build your own pizza from the dough up. It's one price so be sure to load up on toppings. Here's my go-to order: regular dough, angry tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, ghost pepper salami, meatball, jalepeno, green peppers, mushrooms, and top it off with parmesan and sundried tomatoes. Thank me later!
I happen to be downtown to pick up clothing from my fav alterations shop and was informed the best place to get a good lunch was Zablong! So...stopped in...and was amazed at the cool ambience! Really cool place! So went up to the ordering bar and was pleased with the great sauces that were offered. One of my favorites....Pesto! So..being here for first time...had to creative to get the feel for the process. Selected both doughs for the pie...wheat and white. And began the easy task of selecting various toppings to top the sauces. The server was great with explanations and descriptions of the veggies and meat toppings. I have had some great pies...but this turned out to be too good!!! I have a "Lunch Buddies" group at work and could not wait to share the pics! I will be back here again...and again...and will order pies for the Super game coming up soon too!!!
Had no idea this place existed until meeting up with friends one evening. Hands down the best pizza I've had here in Charlotte. The build your own pizza is awesome and the staff is very warm and friendly. I recommend this place to pizza lovers, definitely won't be disappointed.
Fantastic! Think, Subway or Chipotle's ordering concept, but with pizza. You pay a standard price and can get as many toppings as you want. Speaking of, their topping choices are numerous and unique offering endless pizza building options. If you aren't in the mood to build your own pizza you can order one of their signature pies. It's a great place for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. The service is very quick and the staff is very courteous and personable. I'm always greeted with a smile and "thank you".
+ Great Food (variety, healthy, quality, unique)
+ Good Service
+ Fun Location (despite being in congested uptown)
+ Good Price
Dropped in during a drink at the French Quarter and ate this pizza with friends in the courtyard. Stumbled into this place late night with little prompting (they are open until 3am) and picked up a pizza and was pleasantly surprised!
Any place that lets you add any many toppings as you want and has a variety of sauces you know it's going to be good. And all for about $10 each pizza. I got the gluten-free crust and you couldn't tell it was gluten-free at all and the people I fed it too never suspected! Gluten-free crust can be hit or miss, so was very glad it was a HIT!
THE STAFF- actual smiling faces! I know it must be tough to work in the food service industry, especially late on a Friday night, but every person I interacted with pleasant. From the guy who sauced my crust (ha ha ha), to the guy who took it out of the oven, and girl at the cash register- all smiled at me and didn't even ask for a tip.
I would give this place 4.5 stars because that half a star demotion is because of the name of restaurant. When we saw the sign above the door, it looked like 'blonq'. So we stood there at 11pm after a few drinks trying to sound out the name! Is it b-long because the pizza is long in shape? It is 'blond' because you can get a white pizza? I don't know, what do you think?? It wasn't until I got my receipt I saw the real name of this place- Zablong. The 'Za' letters in the sign are unreadable. NOTE TO OWNER: Get a new sign, so late night drinkers like me can find you and continue to eat here!
This pizza is great! The menu features a variety of unique pizzas that have great interesting flavors! You can also create your own with anything they have. All pizzas are the same rate (approx $10). Its a 8 slice pizza. I did half Tripping Goat and the Misfit, both AWESOME!
The meat eaters pizza. Extraordinarily delightful. Could only eat 3 pieces but my late night craving with be happy to oblige this leftover!!!! Netflix, here I come! At $10 for multigrain, $1 more for gluten free, who can argue?