Snapshot: Za at Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA

by Kitty Kaufman
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zasaladWe've had lunches up and down Third Street and we like eating outside. Le bébé is now a contributing eater and she gives Za her approval for whatever she got her hands on which was everything on the table. We agree.

Za's parent is EVOO, right next door. We sat outside for pizza and salad. Listen to this: tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, radish, feta, and oregano all on a bed of, are you ready, mashed potato. Who ever thought potatoes would outdo crutons; well, it's here and so full we nixed the dressing. Le bébé ate the olives and cucumbers; at this time of year, we agree.

Dilee created our pan pizza (not flat and not quite deep-dish) with bacon and carmelized onion and the 10" splits nicely for two ($10). You can have Black Forest ham, homemade sausage, picked hot peppers, onions, garlic, green pepper, anchovies, chorizo, potabellos and chicken on yours. Mac 'n' cheese pizza fans can roll in it with cream sauce and four cheeses (9.50).

zaoutsideSeptember dessert specials were chocolate goat cheesecake, lemon tart with blackberries, lavender crème brûlée and bourbon pecan pie ($6). The salad that day: watermelon (from Kimball Farm), arugula (Drumlin Farm), radish, ricotta salata and pine nuts ($8).

Everyone's favorites from EVOO's wine list are here. Bar treats too with pomegranate, citron vodka, cognac, jalapeno tequila, rum, bourbon, amaretto and limoncello ($9.50). Beers! Three Heads, Whale's Tale, Berkshire Steel, Fisherman's Kolsch, Slumbrew, Rapscallion, Cisco, Sam Adams, Brooklyn Lager, Sixpoint Brownstone, Wachusett, Narragansett, Woodchuck and Clown Shoes. All local, all here.

We're partial to hosts who support local and organic farms as well as being LEED Gold certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Great food doesn't hurt either. Za is za za voom.

ZA has two locations:
138 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA
781-316-2334

350 Third St., Cambridge, MA
617-452-9292

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0 #2 Kitty 2013-07-26 09:02
I went back to Za yesterday in its Arlington location on Mass Ave. And I had the farmer's salad that sits on mashed potatoes. It's even better than I remember. The other eater had to be beaten off with a stick, it's so good. Too bad Dilusha wasn't there to stick bacon and onions on my cheese pizza. It was really good too.
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+2 #1 Dot 2012-10-08 10:55
What a beautiful site. I recommend Za to anyone who enjoys very good food and drink.
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