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Z Pie

Jan 07, 2013 02:51AM ● By Style

Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.

Baseball, rock ‘n’ roll, Mark Twain, and…chicken potpie.

All-American classics, of course! Lucky for us, Z Pie in Placerville is notorious for its hearty gourmet potpies and welcoming hometown atmosphere.

Located right off Placerville’s Main Street and family operated since 1998, Z Pie opened its doors with just three potpie options: Steak Cabernet, Chicken Mushroom and Very Vegetable. Today, nearly 13 variations – like Rosemary Lamb, Italian Sausage and Thai Chicken – line the menu, along with a selection of soups, organic salads, desserts and locally brewed beer and wine.

On a recent visit, my dining partner and I were promptly greeted and seated in the quaint dining room where our friendly server recommended both salads and potpies to satisfy our growling stomachs. For salads, we ordered the Sesame Asian Pear and our new favorite – the Spinach Garlic. With garlic roasted to perfection, ripe avocado, and balsamic dressing drizzled over a bed of organic spinach, this salad was simply delightful.


Sesame Asian Pear Salad

Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.

For entrées, we naturally gravitated toward the “old favorites” and selected the Steak Cabernet and Chicken Mushroom. Served piping hot, the Chicken Mushroom held classic, creamy potpie flavors of chicken, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, Sherry, garlic and parsley; while the Steak Cabernet was homey and robust with beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, thyme and Cabernet.

Next up was Z’s famous dessert pie, The Apple, with a scoop of locally made gelato. The flaky, buttery pastry – filled with flame-roasted Fuji apples, apple purée, cinnamon, spices, vanilla and lemon – was big enough for two, and more than satisfied the “something sweet” we craved.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Z Pie also offers hot or frozen takeout options and a convenient online purchase and delivery service.

The next time you’re hankering for a classic American meal, Z Pie is the place to be.

Z Pie, 3182 Center Street, Placerville, 530-621-2626,

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