Wood-fired pizza is on the way to Hillsboro Village this summer as ‘za — the newest carb-centric creation from chef Karl Worley, of Nashville’s wildly popular Biscuit Love.
Located at 2005 Belcourt Avenue, the new fast casual pizza restaurant is a whole new ballgame for Worley and his wife Sarah, who began Biscuit Love as a food truck in 2012. The Worleys now have three brick-and-mortar locations (and one of Nashville’s most notable long lines in the Gulch).
The foray from one type of dough to another began during the Worleys’ trip to Italy, when the chef noted parallels between Italian and Southern American food culture, and the way pizza gathers people around a table in Italy, in much the way biscuits do in the South.
Worley says he’ll work with small producers here in Middle Tennessee to source all the ingredients, and they want to serve as an easy dining option and gathering place for families in Nashville.
As far as the pizza goes, ‘za’s menu offers eight pies, with varieties of locally sourced ingredients atop four-day-fermented whole wheat dough, all wood-fired in a custom pizza oven. One iteration adds Italian sausage, mint, mozzarella, and red sauce, with a white sauced version adding sliced roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, and mozzarella.
A traditional Caesar and grain-centric arugula salad, plus a house-made ricotta dip round out the food menu. Tiramisu is ‘za’s dessert contribution, plus regional beer and wine offerings, as far as alcoholic options go.
In addition to the communal dining room, guests can choose to dine at the standing-only bar or on the outdoor patio
Once open, ‘za will serve the full menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
‘za [Official Site]