You don’t have to be a Chicago-style pizza expert to know that Zachary’s is beyond great. This East Bay institution has been making excellent deep-dish pizza with a golden, buttery crust, and perfectly chunky tomato sauce since 1983. Don’t miss out on the Zachary’s Special with Italian sausage, green peppers, onion, and mozzarella, or the spinach and mushroom with a side of caesar. And if you’re averse to waiting, or are somehow immune to the charm of all the pizza-inspired artwork that fills nearly every inch of the walls, order a thin-crust pie or a half-baked pizza to go.
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