Zella’s is a gourmet neighborhood pizzeria, bar, and art gallery located in the heart of West Baltimore. Owners Cem and Julie opened Zella’s in 2007 with the hopes of creating a lively gathering space where great food, community, and culture could intersect.
In creating "Zella's" (derived from Julie's grandmother Manzella), the owners melded their two strengths. Cem learned the art of pizza making from his uncle in New Orleans, Louisiana, who emphasized the importance of quality products and fresh ingredients. Julie, meanwhile, focused on transforming the interior of the vacant, dilapidated space, formerly known in the early '90s as the Telltale Hearth, into a vibrant, fun, and welcoming eatery.
Zella’s staff are honored to serve and be part of the Sowebo/Hollins Market/Union Square neighborhoods, whose residents are known for their relentless efforts in community and City-wide improvement.
We invite you to visit and discover the charm of our residents, neighborhoods and institutional treasures, which include: the B&O Railroad Museum, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, the Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum and the H.L. Mencken House.