Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Comparing Vegan Pizzas

As tonight  I finally reached my count to 4 very different vegan pizzas I've tried, I decided to write a small review comparing them. I'm sure I'll have a lot to add to this review as time goes on, but I found that the unique tastes deserved some recognition.

Flore Vegan's Roasted Vegetable Pizza

It was at this Los Angeles Vegan Restaurant Cafe that I tried my first vegan pizza, and although the rest of what I ordered was pretty good, I wasn't 150 percent happy with the dish. Again, I love this place, but something was a little off about the pie. The roasted zucchini, peppers, onions, and mushrooms were great, and the soy cheese was good (although now I'm personally hooked on daiya), but I wasn't a fan of the crust, or the size for price. It was very dry, and half the size of a general 12 dollar pizza. I appreciate it's effort, but next time I'll stick to their great vegan cake for dessert.

Vancouver's Vegan Pizza House Pizza

Living in Vancouver, I am fortunate enough to have a place like this that exists. Every pizza pie you've ever wanted, vegan, and not only does it save animals, but it tastes amazing. I ordered the Cook's Special, topped with fantastic vegan sliced chiken, mushrooms, pepper, and extra daiya cheese. I ordered the small, and I honestly ate the entire thing. It isn't a small small, but it was worth going back even after I was full. This was the time I got my order delivered, with a side of their delicious vegan caesar. I also stopped in when it was opening and found myself getting a vegetarian slice, and ham and pineapple - both of which I equally enjoyed. The dough is moist with a crispy crust, and the daiya cheese is melted to perfection. Just thinking about it makes me drool.

Whole Foods' (on Cambie in Vancouver) Vegan Pizza of the Day

I had often walked past the pizza counter at Whole Foods, only to see that to my disappointment the vegan pizza was all sold out. But alas I managed to get a hold of a piece! Unlike the other vegan pizzas I've had, Whole Foods offers something unique. A thin, soft white dough, brushed with olive oil and topped without tomato sauce, but daiya mozza, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, and spinach. Not at all greasy, and quite a big piece for worth the price. I was very impressed, and although extremely different from my favorite slices at the Vegan Pizza House, I enjoyed the pizza equally. 

Tofurky's Vegan Italian Sausage Pizza

I had never bought a boxed vegan pizza before, but for eight bucks, I thought, why not? First of all, the box is a bit misleading, as it's a fair bit larger than the actually pie. Also, sugar is an added ingredient, so as it says Vegan right on the front, I was just praying that sugar wasn't refined through Bone Char. The pizza itself was not loaded with toppings, but had a fair amount. The cheese tasted like... well, cheese, and I guess if someone wanted an exact replica of the non-vegan equivalent, they could find it with Tofurky's. But for me, I honestly missed the daiya I've become so accustomed to. It's also a thin crust pizza which I rather enjoyed. All-in-all, for 8 dollars, I say it's pretty decent.

And there you have it! I'll definitely be adding to this review with different pizzas as I try more.

1 comment:

  1. Amy's vegan pizza is by far the best frozen pizza out there. Delicious crust and. although it tastes fine on its own, it really suits adding your own toppings to make it a more fulfilling meal (for two, anyhow).

    Thanks for the note about WholeFoods, didn't know they had vegan options.

    The Wallflower on Main and The Perch on hastings (?) do awesome pizzas too.