A TRADITION OF SERVING THE BEST PIZZA IN THE AREA
Ted Rokas has been serving the best pizza in Chelmsford for over 20 years! He purchased Zesty's Pizza in 1981 and has been improving the size and variety of the menu ever since. The quality of Zesty's can be seen in the food and the loyalty of his staff. Charles and Molly have been working at Zesty's for over 20 years and Wade has been there for over 10 years!
REFERENCES IN The Simpsons™ TV SHOW!
Zesty's is a local icon. So much so, that one of the animators, who hail's from the area, has included Zesty's and other Chelmsford locations in the TV show!!
The Chelmsford Libray website: Page on The Simpsons™ and Chelmsford icons.
The Simpsons™: Interactive Map website: This is an interactive map for Springfield, the home of The Simpsons™. See you you can find Zesty's!
Zesty's settles in to new home
By Nancye Tuttle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 11/05/2009 06:35:45 AM EST
CHELMSFORD -- "That's the nicest pizza place I've ever been in."
An appreciative customer uttered that remark to a friend, as he got into his truck last week, his Zesty's sub in hand.
One glance at the new Zesty's Pizza, located on Fletcher Street in the Village Square Plaza, gives credence to his compliment.
The pizzeria, former home of Infusions Bistro and Americana Cafe before that, features hardwood floors, deep gold walls, a small bar and comfortable oak tables and booths that seat about 70.
There's a bright, airy feel to the place that was lacking in the old Zesty's, located for many years on Boston Road near Marshalls and Stop & Shop.
"My father is fanatical about cleanliness and it was getting hard to keep the old place clean," said Ted Rokas Jr., who runs the popular spot with his dad, Ted Sr.
Zesty's is a longtime Chelmsford tradition, founded in 1981, when the Rokas family bought the Zesty's name and set about making memorable pizza, subs and salads.
The pizzas are so distinctive that Chelmsford native Lance Wilder, an artist on The Simpsons, got Zesty's in a few scenes. Today, it's memorialized in background shots on the show.
"It's been great advertisement for us," said Rokas, who commissioned a mural with images of Homer Simpson standing in front of Zesty's, pizza dribbling down his chin.
The Rokases pride themselves on superior pizza and service. The menu offers several dozen pizzas, from the traditional sauce and cheese and pepperoni to gourmet varieties like fried or grilled chicken teriyaki and fried or grilled buffalo chicken ($6.25-$14.50). Syrian pizza, for the dieting set, is a lower-carb version made on pita bread ($5.25-$7.99).
Calzones ($7.99-$14.99) cater to veggie and meat lovers and also come with chicken parm, steak and cheese, meatball and sausage.
Three dozen subs ($5-$12.99) feature cold cuts, tuna, chicken, steak and burgers. There's pasta, plus dinner plates, like haddock, steak tips and buffalo wings or fingers ($5.50-$10.50) and a children's menu with hot dog, hamburger, ziti and chicken fingers ($4.25-$4.50).
The new menu features gelato in several varieties and sizes ($2.75-$16.99) and a beer and wine license.
Zesty's, 14 Fletcher St., Suite 3, Chelmsford is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9p.m. and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Free delivery in a three-mile area. (978) 256-8863.
THE HOT 10
Sun, The (Lowell, MA) - December 29, 2005
Author: RACHEL R. BRIERE and KATHLEEN DEELY, Sun Staff
Pizza is the stuff of childhood cravings. It's also romantic. How many first loves have been launched over a steaming hot pie?
We've scoured the streets of the Merrimack Valley for the most unusual, basic, reliable and downright tasty pies. Try them all or pick and choose. When the chips fall, pizza is there for you.
Best Everyday Pie
12 Boston Road, Stop & Shop Plaza, Chelmsford, 978-256-8863.
What separates an Italian pizza from the Greek version?
"The crust," says Teddy Rokas, son of Zesty Pizza owner, Ted. "Greeks put the pie in pans and let it sit out to rise. The Italians' is much thinner."
One of the most unique and original options is the make-and-bake pizza -- a raw pie is placed in a special takeout tray that you bake at home in the oven at 350 degrees until it reaches the desired crispness. "It's great for families, who are not sure what time people will be home," said Rokas.
Though their most popular is cheese, they do have some inventive choices. The BBQ, buffalo and teriyaki chicken pizzas use the said sauces in place of their sweet pizza sauce, then top it with the traditional mozzarella.
Section: Stepping Out
© 2005 The Sun (Lowell, MA).