One day you go with your non-vegan friends to your typical pizza parlor and you listen to them order their pizzas.
“Double cheese”, are the words still echoing in your mind when the waiter asks what you want. You launch into a bevy of questions (what is in your sauce, do you put any butter or cheese on the crust) and then order every vegetable that you want/can afford (these toppings get expensive today) and wait with anticipation for something decent.
Now, I am not saying that this pizza will not be fabulous, because I myself have thoroughly enjoyed a pizza with just tomato sauce and a ton of veggies. However, as you watch your friends gobbling up their cheese masterpieces, you can’t help but let out a little sigh of remorse. Just once, wouldn’t you love it if you could go out and have more options?
Thankfully, that is becoming the case in Cleveland! We now have three pizza places that offer more than just your sauce and veggie fair and all three are very different.
Humble Wine & Bar
Humble offers an array of foods (marinated mushrooms, olives etc), but what is so exciting is their vegan pizza! Listed as the Vegan “sausage” pizza, it has seitan, tofu “mozzarella”, peppers, onions and oregano. I really enjoyed it when I ordered it and have been wanting to go back. They also have a vegan dessert that changes seasonally, so you make sure to save room for dessert!
The Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom, located in Rocky River, is actually a chain with over 200 restaurants. More importantly, they offer a lot of fun toppings for vegans such as daiya mozzarella, tempeh and tofu. They have a menu online that lists all the items that are vegan or can veganized, but I just went with the build your own path. I never ate Hawaiian pizzas as an omnivore, but lately I’ve been dreaming of them. So I was pretty pumped to use tempeh as the ham substitute and add onions (is that even on a Hawaiian?) and pineapple with a side of BBQ sauce. It was pretty delish and I am not a fan of daiya cheese shreds, normally. The only thing you need to watch out for is that you must request the crust have no butter or parmesan on it!
Cha Spirits & Pizza Kitchen
Cha Spirits & Pizza Kitchen is nestled inside Battery Park not far from Gordon Square. The lovely thing about Cha is that they have many vegan items on their menu, but the pizza offers two local cheeses from Red Lotus. The only issue here is that it can get preeeetty pricey when making the pizza of your dreams– the Red Lotus cheese is $2.50 on top of the starting pizza price. However, they do not skimp on the toppings and I found the pizza to be quite delicious. I had mine bianco style (just olive oil and garlic), but I would try the red sauce with the cheese next time.
And that sums it up! So go forth and eat some pizza that is worth your while.
P.S. I need to get a camera, because these pictures are pathetic. I will be working on picture quality in the future!