LOS ANGELES — (Oct. 7, 2011) — In honor of National Pizza Month and its 25th anniversary, Zpizza launches “Pure Pepperoni” and asks customers to help design its next pizza creation through the “Pure Pepperoni Design Your Dream Pizza” recipe contest throughout  October.

As part of its commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients at an affordable price, 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.
 “Pepperoni is one of the most popular pizza toppings and we wanted to create a healthier, gourmet pepperoni with the same great taste, but without many of the additives that go into processed meat,” said Sid Fanarof, founder, Zpizza. “This is the first time a national chain has created a product like this for use on a global scale, and we’re proud to offer a pepperoni with the same great flavor that’s better for you. ”

From October 6-31, fans can create their dream pepperoni pizza via the “Pure Pepperoni Design Your Dream Pizza” recipe contest on the zpizza Facebook page.  Entries will be judged by Zpizza’s culinary team, Sid’s Kitchen, a food and restaurant reporter for The Orange County Register and the public. The winning recipe will be announced Nov. 21 and featured on menus during National Pizza Week, Jan.9-13, 2012, along with the possibility of becoming a permanent menu item. The winner will also receive “free pizza for a year.” To enter, go to www.facebook.com/zpizza

Throughout the month of October, for every case of pepperoni purchased by Zpizza locations, $10 will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additionally, all stores are selling St. Jude Pumpkin Pin Ups for in support of the organization, as part of its ongoing charitable partnership.

A great place to stop in, take out or order for delivery, Zpizza  offers affordable, healthy, 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 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-free pepperoni with no added nitrites or preservatives, 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 more than 100 locations and another 400 in development worldwide.  More information at  zpizza.com.    

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