The Wizard of Za now open on Brown Street

The Wizard of Za, a pizza shop with Sicilian-style pies, pizza by the slice and more, is now open on Brown Street in the former space of Zombie Dogz.

According to a press release from Paceline Restaurant Partners, the first 100 people who visited the shop on Tuesday, Nov. 15, its opening day, were to receive a free slice of pizza.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

Paceline Restaurant Partners, which owns and operates FUSIAN and Hunny Bee’s Crispy Fried, purchased The Wizard of Za in October 2021, said Stephan Harman, co-founder of Paceline Restaurant Partners.

“With the addition of The Wizard of Za, we will have all three of our restaurant concepts operating in Dayton and the Brown St. corridor,” Harman said. “We’ll only need four more options, and we’ll have something tasty for every day of the week!”

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The pizza shop’s Dayton location will be its first in the Miami Valley. The Wizard of Za has a spot on N. High Street in Columbus, about a mile north of the Ohio State University campus.

When the concept opened its first restaurant in 2020 in Columbus, it was voted the “Best New Restaurant” in its inaugural year, the press release said.

The Wizard of Za is excited to add another style of pizza to the Dayton area.

“Our pizza is made from focaccia crust,” Dylan Jones, operating partner of The Wizard of Za, previously said. “It’s very pillowy and spongy, but the way we cook it in the pan allows the crust on the bottom to get very crisp and caramelized.”

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The focaccia bread, with a sesame seed crust, is topped with a house made sauce (red or vodka) and familiar and traditional toppings such as cup-and-char pepperoni and house made sausage, the release said.

In addition to their pizzas, the restaurant will also have appetizers, salads and locally made desserts.

The Wizard of Za, located at 1200 Brown Street Suite 150, is open 4 p.m. to midnight daily.

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