NASHVILLE, TN – May 23, 2019 – Chef Karl Worley has announced his latest project, ‘za, a restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas that are handcrafted with locally sourced, Southern ingredients. Starting in July 2019, Worley will sling pies from 2005 Belcourt Avenue, in a space adjacent to the second location of his first restaurant concept, Biscuit Love.
Like its older biscuit-centric sister, ‘za will offer a fast-casual experience. Guests will begin by ordering from a menu of 12-inch pies at the counter, and all pizzas will be served in to-go boxes giving the diners the option to “take out or hang out.” Family-style tables made by local craftsmen, Novel Woodworks, will offer communal dining, and the space will be clean and modern, utilizing elements such as subway tiles and light maple wood, a color palette of deep red, off-white, and charcoal, and a custom Italian-made pizza oven will be installed prior to opening.
A trip to Italy inspired Biscuit Love founders Karl and his wife, Sarah Worley to begin their next venture, during which they discovered that pizza—just like biscuits—brings everyone to the table. Karl saw obvious parallels between Italian and the Southern American food culture. ‘Za merges the two to create a new dining experience for Nashvillians.
A menu of eight pies, topped with ingredients such as locally-made Italian sausage, mint, mozzarella, and red sauce; thinly sliced and roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, mozzarella, and white sauce; and spicy salami, red onion, honey, mozzarella, and red sauce will start from a four-day-fermented whole wheat dough, then wood-fired in a custom pizza oven. There will also be two salads available for purchase (a traditional Caesar and a grain-centric salad made with arugula), a house-made ricotta dip, and tiramisu for dessert. Local and regional beer and wine will be available for purchase.
In addition to the communal dining room, guests will have the option to dine at the standing bar or outdoor patio, should they choose after ordering their pies.
The full menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.zayall.com.
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