Z Pizza and Panera Bread

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My cousin La ate pizza at a party and she really liked it. She asked the host where she bought it. The answer was Z Pizza.

We went to Z Pizza in Woodland Park Crossing in Herndon, Virginia. It was my first time to go there and I really liked the architecture and ambiance of the place. I felt I was in the movie studio set instead of a mall.
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nutritional value of Z Pizzas

We ordered 2 small pizzas for take-out.
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The pizza crust was thin and crisp but not evenly. Some parts were thick and chewy. The cheese was good and generous. This simple pizza was really for my niece Erin who loves tomatoes to death.
Napoli Pizza
Napoli Pizza, small $9.95
homemade roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, fresh rounds of
tomatoes, parmesan, fresh basil

La and I chose the Tuscan pizza made with 3 kinds of mushrooms, truffle oil, feta and caramelized onions. I had high hopes for this pizza. Imagine truffle oil on a pizza that costs $9.95 only?

When I opened the box I didn’t smell any hint of truffle oil. I definitely didn’t taste it either. The mushrooms weren’t that fragrant too. What saved the pizza was the wonderfully sweet caramelized onions spiked with tangy, salty feta cheese. What a terrific contrast in flavors.
Tuscan Pizza
Tuscan Pizza, small $9.95
roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, cremini, shiitake and button
mushrooms, caramelized onions, feta, truffle oil and thyme

While waiting for our pizza we went next door to Panera Bread to buy some snacks for La’s kids who were already hungry.
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Panera Bread is my favorite place to get bagels whenever I’m in Virginia. Their bagels are the right size and not humongous and calorie rich like those in New York. They’re dense, chewy and studded with cheese, nuts, chocolate or dried fruit.
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I’ve tried some of their pastries before and they are quite yummy too.
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Ethan got his all time favorite cinnamon crunch bagel and Erin got a huge chocolate cookie. It was really soft, chewy and so chocolatey. Thanks for giving me a small piece Erin!
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Z Pizza
2320C Woodland Crossing Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
telephone: (703) 481-6580 
other locations

Panera Bakery
2328 Woodland Crossing Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
telephone: (703) 437-6801 
other locations

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