Review: Zepi's Pizza & Pub

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Oct 28, 2008
 

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Following are my opinions:
After reading a Kansas City Star article re: Zepi's, I decided to try the pizza. Quality of pizza taste is above average; sauce's oregano and tomato flavors are pronounced...maybe slight garlicky flavor, too; fairly substantial amount of cheese, though toppings are not particularly generous. Prices are not that much higher than those of chains (e.g., Pizza Hut). Crust is about standard diameter and the thickness is about that of most hand-tossed crusts, with an unusual hard/crunchy, but good, texture on bottom of crust (possibly oil-coated?). Decor is pretty spartan/industrial, floor is concrete and ugly, with no sound absorbing objects or materials on walls, so environment is VERY noisy when packed with customers, I could hardly hear when trying to talk to someone. When I entered building, host said I could not sit at table because a party of 45 was about to come in...so, had to sit at bar...consequently, I almost left without trying the food. Glasses and pitchers of domestic beer (i.e., Pabst Blue Ribbon) were competitively priced, if not lower priced than most places. I'm old enough to have had the original Zepi's pizza back in the 1970s and I would say the new Zepi's pizza is about as good, as best I can recall. I will likely return, though I may get the pizzas to go next time, in order to avoid the annoying noise that interferes with an otherwise enjoyable experience.
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Oct 29, 2008
 
First-time Patron wrote:
Following are my opinions:
After reading a Kansas City Star article re: Zepi's, I decided to try the pizza. Quality of pizza taste is above average; sauce's oregano and tomato flavors are pronounced...maybe slight garlicky flavor, too; fairly substantial amount of cheese, though toppings are not particularly generous. Prices are not that much higher than those of chains (e.g., Pizza Hut). Crust is about standard diameter and the thickness is about that of most hand-tossed crusts, with an unusual hard/crunchy, but good, texture on bottom of crust (possibly oil-coated?). Decor is pretty spartan/industrial, floor is concrete and ugly, with no sound absorbing objects or materials on walls, so environment is VERY noisy when packed with customers, I could hardly hear when trying to talk to someone. When I entered building, host said I could not sit at table because a party of 45 was about to come in...so, had to sit at bar...consequently, I almost left without trying the food. Glasses and pitchers of domestic beer (i.e., Pabst Blue Ribbon) were competitively priced, if not lower priced than most places. I'm old enough to have had the original Zepi's pizza back in the 1970s and I would say the new Zepi's pizza is about as good, as best I can recall. I will likely return, though I may get the pizzas to go next time, in order to avoid the annoying noise that interferes with an otherwise enjoyable experience.
I tried to go to the www.zepispizza.com on the pizza box, but, alas, no such address...wouldn't connect.
John Smith

Overland Park, KS

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Nov 25, 2008
 
Tried the newest South Johnson County pizza establishment. The pizza is very good especially the hand made crust that has a slightly crispy bottom but looks much like a hand tossed style crust. It was apparent that the sauce is also made on the premises as it was very robust and flavorful. I also tried the toasted ravioli and they offer both a beef or a cheese filled ravioli. You can get a combo but I preferred the cheese filled as they were very good.

I went back and tried their pasta as they offer a marinara or a meatsauce pasta. I ordered the meatsauce pasta and it was good but the waiter noticed I was not completely satisfied and he got me the pasta with the marinara and it was fabulous! The service was outstanding and they made it fun to be there. The numerous flat screen tvs and the ambiance made this a fun place to have dinner. It was lively and a little loud abut was a great experience.

I will definitely go back often as this is the best pizza I have tried in the Kansas City area.
Great date place with moderate drink prices and great house wines sold at 4.75 per glass that hold up to more expensive wines popularly sold in area restaurants.
KC Chowd

Overland Park, KS

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#4
Dec 11, 2008
 
I am a Pizza Snob, born and raised back East where pizza isn't taken lightly. After all most of the Mothers in my neighborhood made it fresh from scratch at home. In a world where conveyor belt driven pizza is acceptable, Zepi's is a shinning star on the dark pizza horizon.
I would put Zepi's in my top 3 list that I have found in the Greater KC area.
I like the Decor and that it is noisy! The way I remember it growing up Pizza joints are noisy and aren't supposed to be some where you go on that "special occassion"!
Pricing is more than reasonable and the salads are fresh and full of Romaine. Try ther house dressing, it's called a creamy Italian, but it's not a white gooey type, it's light and tasty.

I'm going back
Big John

Kansas City, MO

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#5
Dec 11, 2008
 
Looks like their web site ( www.zepispizza.com ) is online now.
Robin

Overland Park, KS

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#6
Dec 30, 2008
 
I tried to click on menu but it won't come up. I called to see if they'd fax their menu to me and they said they will, but sounded busy so I doubt they remember.
Does anyone have any recommendations? Besides the obvious, lol
Robin

Overland Park, KS

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#7
Jan 6, 2009
 
Just writing back to update. They never did fax me a menu so I went ahead and called in a pizza to go to try them out. I was not impressed. I've had Fun House pizza in Raytown and Independence, now THATS pizza. Zepi's was similar in taste but not in quality. Toppings were sparse, sauce was almost zero, and the crust was very, very thin and seemed dried out to me, probably from the lack of sauce. It wasn't worth it to me so I won't be going back.
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Fort Collins, CO

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#8
Jan 12, 2009
 
Took family during holidays, looking for the pizza I remembered from the 70's on State Street. Loved the pizza, good crust, generous cheese and meats. I would return, but not with the family. It was too small and noisy for a large family gathering. I wish it was more family-oriented like the old State Street Zepi's that had the old movies, carousel, and lots of room.
John C

Lees Summit, MO

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May 2, 2009
 
Results of after dinner.
1. Decor - Industrial Designed with Classic accents. This is a failure, replace the wood trim around the door with metal. Lose the video games and claw game. Repaint the wall, and loss the wide brown strip. Loss the carpet, go for a painted or stained concrete, in a complimentry tone to the wall color. I'm not aware, if the staff noticed the chemical smell of place once you enter inside. I likened it to that of molded carpet after a flood. With the carpet looking new, it could be a release from the adhesive that holds it down.(1 star out of 5)
2. Staff - Our waitress and hostess were nice and presented well. Other staff members recognized the fact we were there. However, in the restaurant industry, if you are sitting and BSing in the front of the house, you are milking the clock. I counted 10 emplyoess to 2 paying customer, that is far to many staff, for the amount of cover being sold. This alone will cause a failure of the business.(3 out of 5 stars)
Food - OMG is about the best I can say, without sounding like and ass. I have eaten better food at a McDonald's, then what I was just served there.
Toasted Ravioli with tomatoe sauce - I could tell these were frozen and deepfried reheated, with a side of what appeared to be tomatoe sauce with powered parmisian cheese in it. I knew I was in trouble.
Italian Steak Sandwich with Peppers - I think I wait for the McRib to return, it tastes better then this thing. Traditional Italian sandwich is a piece of breaded veil, with sauted onion (red onion sometimes), green bell peppers, red bell pepper and a marinara or tomato sauce, on italian bread or roll. What I got was deepfried breaded steak slab, like those from your high school cafeteria, with some greasy onion and peppers, with a tomato sauce, that I thinks was the same from the Ravioli, all on a hogie roll. I remind you of the opening sentence.(1 out of 5 stars)
Live Music Night, I guess that what it was!- One word "Audition". Not rated.
With the proximity of this restaurant, to a regionwide pizza chain, they more then likely will lose out on return customers. Granted the other guy is more expensive, but they do one thing go and they do it well.
over all I give this place 2 out of 5 stars.
Next time I try the pizza, and see if the other bloggers here are right.
Wes Strowig

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#10
Aug 1, 2009
 
I am a first time customer. I mentioned that to the person who took my order. I ordered a standard three topping medium pizza to go. When I got home I was very disappointed with results of what I had paid a pretty good price for. The toppings were hamburger, green pepper and onion. The toppings were mostly in the middle of the pizza and sauce/cheese toward the edge crust. There was barely a handful of each topping on the entire pizza.
I will not be a repeat customer! Within a quarter mile from the Leawood site is a Pizza Shoppe on the Mo. side (135th St). They constantly load their pizzas with ample toppings and it worth the extra dollar or two to get a quality pizza every time.
Sophia

Independence, MO

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#11
Aug 2, 2009
 
I grew up down the street from the Zepi's on Wornall during the 60's and 70's,My Dad would take us 5 kids there on our birthdays,we loved it! I can still remember the incredible tasting pizza and how we could watch them make it through a huge glass window. My father passed away in April of 2008 so when it was my sons 26th birthday the family decided to go there, we came from Liberty, Lee's Summit, Independence, and Overland park to celebrate. We arrived at noon to be told that the whole restaurant had been reserved for a kids party but we were more
then welcome to order it to go, the 13 of us decided to go somewhere else. It was very disappointing but I was still curious to see if they could really duplicate the same taste. I went there today to give it a second shot. As soon as they set it down I could tell it was NOT the same, the cheese was just melted, no bubbly brown spots, lots of grease sitting on top, the crust and the sauce tasted nothing like Zepi's. You know when you can remember the taste 40 years later it was something special, I still hoped it would compare to the original since I heard they had the same recipe, no way. I definitely will not be back, there was nothing special about the pizza, or the restaurant.
Tina M

Kansas City, MO

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#12
Dec 29, 2009
 
I was so excited to see a new pizza place (non chain) open so close to my house. We went within the first couple days and the pizza was great, service was friendly, but SOOOO SLOW! They were apologetic and since it was brand new, we soon returned. We have been probably 4 times since and not once have we recieved even "good" service. My final attempt was this past Sat. We went in on a cold snowy day and they were not busy. The hootchie hostess (seriously-that lady needs to lay off the tanning bed) seated us and then nobody ever came to take our order. After sitting for a good 15 minutes, we left. That is it! Final attempt! Really, really wish Fun House would open out this way. Fun House is AMAZING!
In the know

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#13
Jan 7, 2010
 
We have been to the new Zepi's two times. Both times it was a disappointment. We went to the old Zepi's when the Lillis family owned it and it is not the same recipe. We will not go back. With Pizza Shoppe so close by, we go there.
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Jan 25, 2010
 
In the know wrote:
We have been to the new Zepi's two times. Both times it was a disappointment. We went to the old Zepi's when the Lillis family owned it and it is not the same recipe. We will not go back. With Pizza Shoppe so close by, we go there.
Well, if you eat at Pizza Shoppe you'll eat cardboard with red paint on it and call it good pizza, so thanks for baselining your taste for the rest of us.
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#15
Jan 25, 2010
 
<snip> The hootchie hostess (seriously-that lady needs to lay off the tanning bed) seated us and then nobody ever came to take our order. <snip>

Thanks for sharing your sexist viewpoint with us. Thank God she wasn't a minority as well - she might have touched you!
its getting better

Kansas City, MO

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Feb 17, 2010
 
<snip> The hootchie hostess (seriously-that lady needs to lay off the tanning bed) seated us and then nobody ever came to take our order.

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Thanks for sharing your sexist viewpoint with us. Thank God she wasn't a minority as well - she might have touched you!

You just sound ignorant Dick. The OP name was Tina. Most of the time that's a women name, so what exactly would be sexist about it?
Besides, the OP was right. That women is ridiculous. As many times as my wife and I have gone in there we have never seen anybody in our lives try so hard to look so busy while accomplishing nothing. We have just chalked it up to "she's probably family" and have accepted it. On the bright side she hasn't been there the past few times my wife and I have gone so maybe that is a good sign.
As far as the pizza and service go, its 100 times better than it was even 6 months ago. My wife and I go about once a week and have pretty much since it opened. The food has always been good but now that we know exactly what we like and are comfortable enough to ask for it now, its even better.
The service absolutely was lacking but I think a change in management happened some time ago and its gotten quite a bit better (even if it took some time to get it there)
I just wanted to leave some positive feedback since it is so hard to find on these things sometimes. If u haven't tried it in awhile you really should consider giving it another shot. Especially if u live close by. If u really want to ensure a good experience develop a relationship with the bartender. The experience became much greater for us once we did.
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Feb 17, 2010
 
"You just sound ignorant Dick. The OP name was Tina. Most of the time that's a women name, so what exactly would be sexist about it?
Besides, the OP was right. That women is ridiculous. As many times as my wife and I have gone in there we have never seen anybody in our lives try so hard to look so busy while accomplishing nothing. We have just chalked it up to "she's probably family" and have accepted it."

Let's talk about ignorant, anonymous putz. A woman can't be sexist? How about getting a grown up to write your next post. But of course, you're a man, so why should we be surprised you're dumb enough to think only men can be sexist. "Probably family?" From what I hear, they rest of the folks where YOU used to work before you got cut seemed to think you can barely turn food into poop, so let's be more careful about who we choose to slander, hmmmnnn?
Bruce

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Oct 5, 2010
 
Obviously John is a shill.
John C wrote:
Results of after dinner.
1. Decor - Industrial Designed with Classic accents. This is a failure, replace the wood trim around the door with metal. Lose the video games and claw game. Repaint the wall, and loss the wide brown strip. Loss the carpet, go for a painted or stained concrete, in a complimentry tone to the wall color. I'm not aware, if the staff noticed the chemical smell of place once you enter inside. I likened it to that of molded carpet after a flood. With the carpet looking new, it could be a release from the adhesive that holds it down.(1 star out of 5)
2. Staff - Our waitress and hostess were nice and presented well. Other staff members recognized the fact we were there. However, in the restaurant industry, if you are sitting and BSing in the front of the house, you are milking the clock. I counted 10 emplyoess to 2 paying customer, that is far to many staff, for the amount of cover being sold. This alone will cause a failure of the business.(3 out of 5 stars)
Food - OMG is about the best I can say, without sounding like and ass. I have eaten better food at a McDonald's, then what I was just served there.
Toasted Ravioli with tomatoe sauce - I could tell these were frozen and deepfried reheated, with a side of what appeared to be tomatoe sauce with powered parmisian cheese in it. I knew I was in trouble.
Italian Steak Sandwich with Peppers - I think I wait for the McRib to return, it tastes better then this thing. Traditional Italian sandwich is a piece of breaded veil, with sauted onion (red onion sometimes), green bell peppers, red bell pepper and a marinara or tomato sauce, on italian bread or roll. What I got was deepfried breaded steak slab, like those from your high school cafeteria, with some greasy onion and peppers, with a tomato sauce, that I thinks was the same from the Ravioli, all on a hogie roll. I remind you of the opening sentence.(1 out of 5 stars)
Live Music Night, I guess that what it was!- One word "Audition". Not rated.
With the proximity of this restaurant, to a regionwide pizza chain, they more then likely will lose out on return customers. Granted the other guy is more expensive, but they do one thing go and they do it well.
over all I give this place 2 out of 5 stars.
Next time I try the pizza, and see if the other bloggers here are right.
gag a maggot

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Apr 3, 2011
 
I'm a woman - however I don't want to see a hoochie dress tan experiment while I'm eating either. I don't think that's sexist at all or you'd a man wearing tight shots with a hard on and nads clevage. I'm sure that doesn't appeal to you ... Or it may. Either way no one wants corner material serving you food.

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