HMSHost has added a new pizza restaurant, PZA, to its brand portfolio. Developed with the on-the-go traveller in mind, PZA will be opened at several locations in the coming months, including Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Peter J Camiel Service Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Brady’s Leap Plaza and Portage Travel Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike.
PZA serves hand-made pizzas which are sold by the slice. Going beyond the traditional cheese or pepperoni, PZA offers creative combinations such as the Buffalo Pizza Chicken, with roasted chicken, fontina, blue cheese and celery; the Uptown, with fresh mozzarella, caramelised onion, roma tomatoes and basil pesto; and the Garden State, with roasted local vegetables, ricotta and basil pesto.
Besides pizza, PZA also serves traditional meatballs with a twist. The Meatball Smasher comes in two sizes: 6-inch and the 12-inch Super Smasher. Described as “the newest stars in a rapidly expanding comfort food trend”, meatballs at PZA are made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, from the classic beef and chicken, to the spicy red, basil pesto, traditional tomato, and roasted garlic and Parmesan sauces, to the array of fresh cheeses such as blue and goat.
Some PZA locations also serve breakfast items such as the A.M. Pizzetta, a montage of baked egg and bacon smothered in pecorino cheese; the Little Bomber, filled with pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella and pecorino; and ham and cheese calzones. Stromboli, fresh salads and sandwiches are also available.
HMSHost Vice President of Restaurant Development Frank Sickelsmith said: “PZA offers travellers a new perspective on some of their all-time favourites. We’re excited to implement these new recipes and have travellers experience some new flavours on their tried and true.”