Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 65

A slice of Korean-Italian heaven...

A slice of Korean-Italian heaven...

I am not alone in my reverence of the Lady ZaZa, although when I first made her acquaintance, this lovely dish had not yet been christened with a proper name. She was known simply as the kimchi pizza among those who frequented Ann Kim's hugely popular Pizzeria Lola in the Armatage neighborhood. Kim had wisely put together house made kimchi, from a family recipe for that most famous variety of banchan, and Korean sausage, on top of her simple yet delicious Italian 00 flour dough (the number indicates that it is milled very finely).

I was lucky enough to watch her construct the masterpiece and gently push it into the belly of the beast--the French Le Panyol oven that gives all her pizzas a bit of char and roasts the tasty toppings. As I sat at the bar, I daydreamed about the sweet, hot, and vinegary notes of kimchi married to the salty meatiness of the sausage. I knew that both would bring their own brand of spice to the table.

And then the gorgeous round was in front of me. Sesame seeds and oil had been added, so the scallions glistened. I took a bite, and my fantasies came to life. A full range of flavors burst in my mouth, with a perfect amount of heat. In this one dish, the culinary education she received both from her mother and from the International Pizza School had become something tangible (and scrumptious) on the plate.

Less than a month later, Kim succumbed to the pleas of the masses, who wanted a more regular source for their kimchi needs. On February 12, via Facebook, she let fans know that the Korean sausage and kimchi pizza, now known as Lady ZaZa, would become a permanent fixture. My only hope is that the crowds at Lola subside just enough so that I can once again be ringside, enjoying a slice of the multi-culti wonder of many flavors--the Lady ZaZa.

5557 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis
Pizzeria Lola website

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
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No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 69: Christos's saganaki No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender
No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes
No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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