""Los Angeles, Jan. 9, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — To kick-off National Pizza Week, January 9-15, Zpizza adds the fan-created Pepperoni Caprese Pizza to its menu through the end of January.

Last October Zpizza asked Facebook fans to build their dream pepperoni pizza via the “Pure Pepperoni Design Your Dream Pizza” recipe contest, using pepperoni and any existing ingredients at Zpizza. Entries were judged by Zpizza’s culinary team, known as Sid’s Kitchen, and a food and restaurant reporter for The Orange County Register. The winning “Pepperoni Caprese” recipe was created by Mellissa Clark of Ohio.

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The Pepperoni Caprese, made with 100 percent certified organic wheat flour dough, takes a twist on the Italian antipasto dish “Insalata Caprese” of sliced fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes and basil, seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, with the addition of roasted red peppers and Zpizza’s new, all-natural pepperoni, known as Pure Pepperoni. The pizza can also be made with gluten-free or wheat crust.

“The fresh, bright flavors from the classic salad in the style of Capri highlight the robust taste of our all-natural pepperoni,” said Sid Fanarof, founder, Zpizza and contest judge. “We chose this recipe because of its unique flavor profile that best complemented the pepperoni and that it was inspired by a simple Southern Italian dish.”

Zpizza locations will be sampling the Pepperoni Caprese pizza in stores during National Pizza Week from January 9-15. In addition, from January 15-19, members of ztribe, Zpizza’s loyalty program, will receive an exclusive email offer for a free small Pepperoni Caprese Pizza with purchase of any extra large pizza.

As part of its commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients at reasonable prices, Zpizza’s culinary team spent two years developing a specially formulated, all-natural, MSG-free pepperoni with no added nitrites and no preservatives. Pure Pepperoni has the same flavor profile and nutrition content, but is a higher quality product and is the only pepperoni used in all 100 Zpizza locations.

A great place to order for delivery, dine-in or take out, Zpizza offers health-conscious, artisan pizzas, rusticas, pastas, calzones, sandwiches and salads, and the opportunity to create personalized pizzas with a selection of premium ingredients. Zpizza also has a full catering menu for business lunches, parties, events and any catering needs. For deals and news, check out Zpizza on Facebook (facebook.com/zpizza) and Twitter (@zpizza) and join ztribe for email offers at http://www.zpizza.com/ztribe.

About Zpizza

Featured on “Good Morning America” as a healthy dining option and rated by Parents magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants,” Zpizza takes a unique approach by appealing to traditional pizza lovers, health conscious consumers and gourmet palates alike. Artisan pizzas, rusticas, pastas, calzones, sandwiches and salads are made with all natural and organic ingredients with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, combining select ingredients using award-winning skim mozzarella from Wisconsin, certified organic tomato sauce, MSG- and nitrite-free pepperoni, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Dough is made from 100% organic wheat flour prepared fresh every day, hand-thrown and fire-baked until uniquely crisp. Founded in 1986 in the art colony of Laguna Beach, California, where creativity and craftsmanship have flourished for almost a century, all ingredients are selectively chosen for superior quality. Zpizza has over 90 locations and another 400 in development worldwide. More information at http://www.Zpizza.com.

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