Like many of you I’m sure, I was super bummed when Zam Zam closed up shop on Washington Blvd. And I was skeptical when I heard a pizza place would be taking its place.
However, I’m pleased to report that Mega Pizza & Grille turns out to be a surprisingly worthy successor. Not on the level of Zam Zam perhaps, but certainly worth a try if you’re in the area.
Their claim to fame is the gyro pizza sandwich (#15 on the menu). They take a pizza, top it with gyro meat, veggies, yogurt sauce, and red sauce, then fold the whole thing over like a sandwich. It’s kind of a cross between a European-style doner kebab and a calzone. And it’s delicious.
The gyro meat is processed loaf, but it’s well seasoned and has lovely little crispy bits for textural contrast. The yogurt sauce is pleasantly garlicky, while the red sauce adds a little spice. The freshly baked pizza crust is nice and warm, and it pairs perfectly with the cool veggies – reminds me of the salad pizza at Abbott’s.
I’ve also tried the gyro wrap, which is excellent, but the star of the show is definitely the pizza sandwich. Both are large portions – I could easily split one of them plus a salad for lunch. If you’re looking for European-style doner – or just a damn fine gyro – I would definitely give this place a try.
Mega Pizza & Grille
11028 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232