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.
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.