How does a local pizza place manage not only to stay open for thirty years, but also to thrive and grow? When it comes to Zio’s Pizzeria, the answer is clear: they started with an absolute focus on quality ingredients, and they’ve continued to focus on those quality ingredients every single day. Offer the best quality pizza, made from hand-stretched dough and fresh ingredients, and it’s no wonder that Omaha keeps voting Zio’s the best pizzeria in town.
“That’s what we’ve always done,” says Usha Sherman, one of the owners at Zio’s. “Our pizza is made with love and care.” She likens Zio’s to a Mom & Pop pizza shop you might find in Italy, and with good reason. You won’t find bagged, pre-cut veggies here. You won’t see machines stretching out the dough. Instead, you’ll see people busy chopping fresh toppings, preparing meats with signature seasoning, and folks behind the counter tossing dough in a way that can only be described as agile and artistic.
Tossing dough might be labor-intensive, but it makes for the best pizza. It’s also pretty darn entertaining to watch. Kids especially like watching the dough getting tossed, and they also love playing with small balls of dough at their tables while they wait for their food. There’s a real showmanship behind pizza tossing, and it’s a talent that Zio’s employees take real pride in.
Zio’s also sets itself apart as the pioneer in the Omaha area as the first place to offer customizable pizza by the slice. “Our customers love pizza by the slice,” says Usha. “They can get the slices all day long, custom-made with their favorite toppings.”
Speaking of toppings, there are more than forty fresh toppings from which to choose. Try the antibiotic-free, natural chicken, cooked and seasoned right at the restaurant. Or try something a little more unexpected, like zucchini, asparagus or shrimp. Choose a specialty pizza or create your own taste combination. Zio’s is the place for pizza lovers who want variety and fresh, great taste.
It’s not just about the pizza. Usha says that customers are often surprised by the ample portions of the calzones and many customers say that the wings offered by Zio’s are the best, hands-down. Customers love the lunch specials menu, which offers a wide range of options including pizza, salads, hoagies and more. Dessert aficionados delight in the sweet treats available at Zio’s, which, of course, includes New York style cheesecake.
You won’t believe the great selection of beer they offer at Zio’s, but if you’re more of a wine fan you’ll be impressed by their wine offerings as well. If you’re instead looking to have your own fiesta at the table, order some margaritas on the rocks.
If you’re just looking to have a small bite to eat, or if you want to nibble on something while you wait for your pizza, check out the appetizer menu. Cheese and beef raviolis and garlic bread are all made with the same attention to quality that the rest of the menu receives.
These are just a few of the reasons why Zio’s has managed to stay locally-owned since 1985. “We’ve had people from New York visit us and they tell us that it’s the closest to authentic New York pizza they’ve had outside of their city,” says Usha. “We take no shortcuts,” she adds. “We stay true to ourselves at all times.”
Small changes that are made are always made for the benefit of the customers and never compromise quality. “Customers are our bosses,” says Usha. Zio’s has opened new locations slowly but surely in order to add more seats. They’ve added gluten-free options. They’ve recently changed their Happy Hour to be from 4:00-6:00 daily, allowing more people to enjoy half-price drinks. “We really appreciate our guests,” says Usha, and that’s why the changes they make are designed to give customers a better experience without scrimping on quality or service.
You can expect a relaxed, friendly atmosphere when visiting Zio’s. The staff takes pride in providing a fun environment that is great for everyone. What started as a small pizza shop answering the need for true New York style pizza has grown into a thirty year celebration of offering the freshest pizza in Omaha.
Stop in to any of the three locations and order a slice with just about any topping you can imagine, knowing that the toppings are freshly prepared there at the restaurant. There are no prepackaged, hastily-prepared toppings at Zio’s; everything is fresh and prepared with care. You’ll notice it with the first bite –this is some special pizza.
7834 Dodge Street: This is the original location. Come try some pizza where it all began!
12997 West Center Road: Opened since 1989, this location offers a sun patio for when the weather is nice.
1109 Howard Street: Located in the Old Market, limited delivery is available from this location.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.