But Pete Kallas beat them all to the punch.
Kallas, who operates Steakhouse 10, the Athenian, Undici Ristorante and Greeks Gone Wild, opened ZaZa's Pizzeria at 2041 South University over the weekend, making it the first in a succession of pie palaces to come.
The brightly illuminated space, tricked out with black-and-white pizza prints and sporting an open kitchen, cherry-red chairs and a scarlet counter, is hustling salads, sandwiches, calzones, whole pies, pizza by the slice, and pastas, including spaghetti, baked ziti with three cheeses, lasagna and stuffed shells. There are several specialty pizzas, too, one of which is topped with Italian tuna, red onions, capers, mozzarella and fresh basil.
There's no bar seating -- and no liquor license -- but Kallas is working on it. In the meantime, you're sequestered with sodas, ice tea, lemonade, San Pellegrino bottled waters and Limonata. Here's hoping the neighborhood supports beer.
ZaZa's hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight. For more info, call 720-242-6336.