Zalat Expanding Its Pizza Crusade with Third Plano Location

Zalat Pizza // photos Kathy Tran
Zalat Pizza // photos Kathy Tran

On its website, Zalat Pizza proudly proclaims its team members as “pizza zealots.” And since opening its first location in 2015 on Fitzhugh Avenue in Dallas, Zalat has earned numerous converts to its noble cause of delivering amazing pizza to the Metroplex, a cult following if you will.

On Sept. 30, Zalat will open its ninth DFW location with a “cloud kitchen” at 3909 W. Parker Road, Suite 102 that will be open only for delivery by third-party delivery apps or carry-out through Zalat’s website. There will be no dining room at this new spot, a former Papa Murphy’s kitchen. This location will be Zalat’s third in Plano, joining existing restaurants in Downtown Plano and at Legacy Drive and Independence Parkway.

“Since the start of the pandemic, our Plano locations have seen a huge growth in demand, so we have been actively looking for opportunities to expand in the area,” Zalat Pizza CEO and founder Khanh Nguyen said in an official press release.

Zalat's elote pizza and the OG pizza // photos Kathy Tran
Zalat’s Elote pizza and The OG pizza // photos Kathy Tran

So, you have yet to try their pizza? Well, you are in for an absolute treat.

Not only does Zalat make everything by hand, including its dough, but it also roasts its own Roma tomatoes and adds fresh basil to its sauce. Zalat proudly admits to spending more on its high-quality cheese each month than it does on rent, and takes equal pride in offering beef pepperoni, which is of a higher quality than pepperoni used by many establishments and delivers a stronger flavor. And its patented Sirancha™, a base sauce for some of the pizzas, is a highly-addictive mix of Sriracha sauce and ranch dressing.

As for the pizzas, their names show just how committed the team is to turning out amazing pies, and the incredible fun they have doing so. The “Pho Shizzle” features chicken, red bell peppers, caramelized onions with a swirl of Hoisin and Sriracha sauces. Another popular offering is the “Elote” named for the popular street corn prevalent in Mexico. This crowd pleaser has Sirancha™, lemon pepper, cilantro garnish and a Valentina hot sauce swirl.

Other noteworthy pies include the “Pineapple Express,” named for the popular 2008 stoner flick starring James Franco, which features bacon, pineapple, crushed red pepper, cilantro and teriyaki sauce. “The OG” (Original Gangster) features all-beef pepperoni, salami, crushed black pepper and pickled giardiniera while “The Zealot” consists of pepperoni, sausage, salami, red onions, black olives, mushrooms, red bell peppers and chives.

Those who prefer their pizza on the hot side should take Zalat’s “Reaper Roulette Pizza Challenge” where one slice in their pie, which is unmarked, is made with what is dubbed “Nuclear Hot” on the website. Might want to have some bread and maybe milk nearby before taking that challenge.

Zalat’s third Plano location will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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