Best Bites samples fusion pizza

Posted at: 03/07/2013 12:43 PM
By: Antoinette Antonio, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With so many pizza options in Albuquerque you wouldn't think we need another one, right?

In this week Best Bites, we introduce you to a new pizzeria serving up something you won't find anywhere else.

Zia Pizzeria is located on Central near Tramway.

It's a labor of love for brother and sister Niraj Patel and Bonita Patel Elevario.

They launched the family business a couple of months ago. They say it's an escape from the computer software consulting they both still do, by day.

"It's almost like a break though, I come here and I'm like, I'm just cooking for my friends," say Bonita. She adds, "It feels more like a family atmosphere than work."

Zia Pizzeria is not only family run but they're giving the food the Patel family flavor.

"We basically created a fusion of American and Indian foods to create a unique flavor," says Bonita.

You'll find that in the Tandoori chicken pizza, an idea they got as kids when their mom combined east Indian flavors on top of a pizza.

Or you can get some heat by trying the approporiately named "Diablo" with garlic, green chile and red pepper flakes baked in.

If it's just you eating, there's a fresh caprese salad to keep it light or you can fill up on a stromboli or calzone.

Niraj explains the difference.

"Calzones are no sauce in. Sauce is served on the side. A stromboli is served with sauce on the inside."

Pizza is also available by the slice.

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