Sunday, October 14, 2012

An Ode to Cheeseless Pizza (VEGAN MOFO: DAY 14)

How many times have you eaten cheeseless pizza?  If you're anything like me, you've eaten it plenty of times, maybe more times than you can count.

Sometimes, it's a matter of peeling cheese off pizza, which sucks and makes me feel guilty.  But often, I can order it myself and put the toppings of my choice onto it.  When this happens, I'm pleased.  I mean, lots of people eat pizza really, really often.  The fact that, so many times, cheeseless pizza is the only vegan option is really not so bad, when you compare how often most people in the US eat pizza compared to how often we do.

My favorite toppings are spinach, red peppers, and mushrooms. My friends Kate and Sara agreed to this mix of veggies on a pizza we shared from one of Pittsburgh's more-loved pizza shops, Mineo's, because they're awesome (my friends, that is, not the veggies or the shop, although those are also awesome).  It was really expensive, this small pizza with three toppings!  Easy come, easy go, I guess.

I got this exact same thing recently in personal size during one of my work-provided, Thursday free lunches, this time from a restaurant called Vallozzi's, whose menu was particularly difficult to veganize.  They were really troopers with me, though, and made all my veggie pizza dreams come true.
One of the things that I really love about ordering a cheeseless pizza is that most places will really pack those veggies on it.  I mean, you're paying extra for toppings, and you're not paying less to not get cheese.  The folks at the shops seem to get this, and give you a wonderfully-enormous amount of vegetables.  This makes me heart them.

I actually never got any food from Pittsburgh's pizza shop Spak Brothers, despite it being well-known for its vegan options, and the fact that it has vegan cheese.  This is especially bizarre considering that I've been into Spak while others ate many, many times.  Someday, I swear, I'll try a pizza with whatever vegan cheese they have.  But the truth is, I don't actively miss cheese, and I don't relish eating what I suspect will be Daiya.  I mean, respect to Daiya.  But, personally, I prefer a cheeseless pizza!  Bread and sauce and veggies together are delish, in my humble opinion.  

7 comments:

  1. Have you tried either one of the pizzas in Quick Fix Vegan? They are both completely awesome. They both use a chickpea puree instead of red sauce and cheese. One is an Italian Antipasto Pizza and the other is Muffeletta Pizza, based on the New-Orleans sandwich. Yum yum yum. My tip: The Antipasto one benefits from adding banana pepper rings to it. They're not that 'quick' to fix, but I don't care!
    Tara

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    1. I'll check them out, but I don't make much pizza because I find I end up eating it so often when I go out, due to lack of choices. Those sound much more exciting than a standard cheeseless pizza, though.

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  2. Many, many times...Often it's the default meal when a restaurant has no other vegan options. Truth is, I don't miss the cheese. More veggies!

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  3. SO many times. I don't think I've ever had to peel cheese off though! I always feel like haggling the price though, I mean, without the cheese can it really cost so much? And as much as I love my cheeseless pizza, Daiya pizza is really dear to my heart. So good!

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    1. I always seem to have unpopular opinions. But Daiya just doesn't call out to me, it just seems like fake food. Still, I understand, it's kind of like how these butterscotch krimpets are incredibly tempting to me to make due to childhood Philadelphia nostalgia even though I KNOW that even the original was actually pretty gross and left a weird film on the roof of your mouth, but STILL, i just want it, OK??

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