As many of you know Za is EVOO’s sister restaurant with two locations, one in Kendall Square, Cambridge, abutting EVOO and the original Za is on Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. When the timing is not right for you to dine at either restaurant, you can still enjoy ‘za on your own schedule. Below is the best way I have found for finish cooking or re-heating ‘za. So, if you are not sure what time you want to eat, but you know you want ‘za, don’t serve it soggy and cold. Follow these simple instructions to eat crispy crusted hot pizza whenever you want with little effort.
The first thing you need to do is order a stack of za from either location. They are 10″ pizzas that will serve one hardy appetite or two can share one za paired with one of Za’s amazing salads. Order a bunch and finish cooking on your time. I tend to order them early in the day, asking for them to be 1/2 cooked, not cut and refrigerated until pick-up. There is no need to take them home hot. When I get home I refrigerate the pizzas until I’m ready, whether it’s a few hours or a few days it doesn’t matter.
When it’s time, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Once your oven reaches 375, place a heavy duty cookie sheet on the middle rack in your oven and heat the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, this will ensure a crisp bottom. If you have multiple racks and multiple sheet pans you can finish cooking several pizzas at a time, however, be careful the temperature on the bottom and top racks can vary greatly from the middle one.
Now add your pizza, I have found it takes between 8 and 12 minutes to get the crust crispy and the cheese to gooey. Use a burger flipping spatula lifting the ‘za in the middle. The sides of the ‘za not being held by the spatula should not droop, the topping should be hot and bubbling in spots. Remove the Za from the oven place on a big cutting board, cut into eight equal sized pieces and serve.