Four of us wanted to share a pizza in the office. But we all had different ideas about who has the best pizza. The tiebreaker was Zella’s Pizzeria (1143-45 Hollins St., 410-685-6999, zellaspizzeria.com) in Sowebo. None of us had ever tried its pies, despite great reviews and a Best Pizza nod from the City Paper in 2007. It was definitely time to weigh in on it. The only drawback: It didn’t deliver to our Harbor East location. So we sent our hungriest colleague to pick it up. (Thanks, Max.)
We’re not sure we’d give up our favorite pie palaces, but we all agreed the Sicilian with mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and kalamata olives was a wonderful taste sensation—salty, sweet, and acidic. We also tried a traditional Margarita with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and had mixed reactions. It wasn’t as piquant or bold as the Sicilian, but I really liked the assertive burst of fresh basil leaves. The dough at Zella’s is handmade and hand-tossed. If you like puffy, chewy crusts, this is your pizza. You can also custom make your pizza with a bunch of ingredients, from artichokes to gorgonzola cheese. We’ll definitely try Zella’s again.