Mood boostin’ fun
Quite exhausted after a less than fabulous couple of weeks, I somehow mustered up enough energy one Saturday evening to round up Team Zickes to pay a visit to Andrew Z’s Sportz Pizzeria. As we approached the restaurant, my world began to change. Great tunes blasted out the front doors, and, inside, there was pizza and beer!
I absolutely love music and dancing. Among other favorite music, I also love hip hop, Top 40, and most everything they play on 92.5 KISS FM, where pizzeria owner, Andrew Z (Zepeda) is the morning host. As I went bounding through the doors, I already had some pep back in my step.
Pizza with a side of sports
In a nutshell, Andrew Zepeda unveiled this sports-themed pizzeria in Levis Commons in October and has since opened a second location in Downtown Toledo. In the evening, the atmosphere shifts from pizzeria to the bar scene.
Tuesday through Saturday nights, the DJ cranks out the tunes around 5p.m. DJ Corey W. King, also from KISS FM, is in the house taking your requests and making sure the mood stays upbeat and fun. The evening we were there, Andrew Z was making rounds, visiting with customers. He and his team even scored some points with my children’s Phys Ed teacher, who was there, when they sang Happy Birthday to her.
“Glass City Style Pizza”By know you probably understand that the atmosphere was fun, but how was the food? Well, we loved it! The pizza that Andrew Z named “Glass City Style” is a cross between Chicago deep dish and New York style pizza. The crust comes up higher on the sides but is not a true deep dish pie.
Kids’ meals are free with the purchase of a $1.99 kids’ beverage. Choices include pasta or a personal size pizza, including a peanut butter and jelly pizza! Getting their own pizza was a hit with all three of our kids. It was a hit with me, too, as now my husband and I could order whatever we wanted on our pizza. You can build your own pizza starting at $13.99 for a 12” medium cheese pizza. My husband and I could only finish half of our medium Slam Dunk Supreme for $18.99. The leftovers were great, by the way.
The menu also offers a dozen different subs, calzones, salads, spaghetti, and appetizers. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the Andrew Z Ballz appetizer — round yeast dough rolls baked fresh and covered with cheese, butter and garlic — for $5.99.
For dessert, we passed on the huge chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, and went The Dessert Ballz, rolled in cinnamon and sugar. I think my kids would have been happy just eating the bread balls for dinner and dessert!
Bottom Line: Score more than dinner next time you take the family out for pizza. Andrew Z’s Sportz Pizzeria is definitely a unique concept and stands apart from other pizza joints around town. The atmosphere is upbeat, and the food is a winner, too!
Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.