Best Of 2019

Best Make-Your-Own Pizza Parlor: Zablong

If you’ve ever felt restricted by the all-too-vanilla topping selections found in most pizzerias, Zablong is the answer you’ve been waiting for. This Chipotle-style build-your-own pizza joint gives you the freedom to create an oblong ’za (get it?), offering 28 toppings ranging from prosciutto and spicy chickpeas to ghost pepper salami. Fresh mozzarella or their peculiar cheese blend make the perfect melty bed for your desired accoutrements and don’t be afraid to forgo more traditional sauces in favor of their splendid garlic purée or pesto to give each bite a uniquely savory edge. If all these options seem overwhelming, there are also a handful of pre-built quirky signature pizzas to choose from, like “The Tripping Goat,” with mushroom truffle, roasted mushrooms, crumbled goat cheese, fig marsala and red pepper oil. There’s no better place for lunch just after a visit to the Contemporary Arts Center, located right across the street, to channel your creative inspirations into a deliciously nonconformist pizza. Zablong, 23 E. Sixth St., Downtown, zablong.com.