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If there’s one food in America that’s popularity never seems to wane, it’s pizza. According to research firm Technomic’s 2016 Pizza Consumer Trend Report, pizza consumption in the last year actually climbed to the highest level it’s reached over the past four years, thus securing its spot in Americans heart as the ultimate comfort fare.
Around a decade ago, if you wanted to feast on vegan pizza, options were few and far between; but the golden age of vegan pizza has arrived, and today diners are swimming in plant-based options. Whether you’re craving a classic slice, or want something slathered with vegan cheese and plant-based meat, there’s a pizzeria out there ready to cater to your appetite.
We’ve assembled a comprehensive city-by-city guide of our top vegan pizzeria recommendations in America. Check them out below, and then let us know which ones you love, and which ones we missed!
1. New York City, New York
Screamer’s Pizzeria may look small, but they have a mighty selection of 100 percent vegan, delicious New York–style pies, as well as calzones all served up in a casual setting. They are Brooklyn’s proud first all-vegan pizzeria, and they even sell by the slice. Their options range from simple red-sauce pizzas to white-sauce options (like their Bianca, which is made with almond ricotta, red onions, pepperoncini, and Numu mozzarella), as well as some super extreme ones, like their “Clean Slide”, which features long hot pepper pesto, broccolini, seitan sausage, vegan cheese, tomato sauce stripes, and sesame seed crust.
Visit them at 620 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
Double Zero is a plant-based pizza concept from celebrity plant-based chef Matthew Kenney, and the 100 percent vegan restaurant is known for serving small plates, organic pizza prepared in a wood burning oven, vegan ice-cream, and organic wines. Their pizza range is vast. You can opt for simple (a tomato, basil, and cashew mozzarella pie) or go for something seriously gourmet, like the pizza that features balsamic, radicchio, fig, smoked almond ricotta, caramelized onion, olive tapenade, and arugula.
Visit them at 65 2nd Ave, New York, New York 10003.
New York City Shout-Outs
If you’re in the New York area, we also recommend hitting up Paulie Gee’s, a gourmet pizzeria that serves up wood-fired pies topped with unusual, locally sourced ingredients, that has its own 100 percent vegan menu and dessert menu. Two Boots — named for the geographical shapes of Italy and Louisiana — has also proudly been serving vegan pizza for two decades. If you’re just on the hunt for a quick, cheap slice, Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York has a slew of delightful vegan options.
2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Blackbird Pizzeria is Philly’s first all-vegan pizza restaurant, and it is scrumptious, as well as being the sister restaurant to the Brooklyn-based Screamer’s Pizzeria mentioned above! They also serve vegan cheesesteaks, “chicken” parm sandwiches, chickpea “tuna” sandwiches, and vegan baked goods. We love the sound of their “
Visit them at 507 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
3. Portland, Oregon
Vegan pizza doesn’t get much cooler than at this Portland, Oregon-born heavy metal chainlet called Sizzle Pie. Their motto is “Death To False Pizza” and they are not messing around; founded by food and drink entrepreneurs Matt Jacobson and Mikey McKennedy, Sizzle Pie is the recipient of the 2016 “Independent Pizzeria of the Year” prize and they serve up a huge selection of vegan, vegetarian, and traditional pizzas that you can purchase by the slice, by the half-slice, or whole. If you have a big appetite and even bigger sense of humor, you’ll love their selections, such as the “Apocalypse Dudes” pizza (a vegan option with dollops of creamy roasted red pepper pepita spread, not-a-ricotta and your choice of three fresh veggies).
Visit them in Brooklyn or in Portland, Oregon.
4. Seattle, Washington
Pizza Pi Vegan
Pizza Pi is America’s first 100 percent vegan pizzeria. The names of its pizzas are ridiculously cute (Their “Phoni-Pepperoni” has marinara sauce, vegan pepperoni, black olives, green peppers, and mushrooms, while their gluten-free “Hoity Toity” pie features spinach artichoke sauce, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and vegan chicken strips) and they also serve appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
Visit them at 5500 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105.
5. Scottsdale, Arizona
Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen
Picazzo’s is an Arizona-based chain that serves Italian inspired cuisine that is 100 percent Gluten-free with the exception of two pizza doughs, and while they aren’t a 100 percent plant-based restaurant, they are extremely vegan-friendly, considering you can sub out any traditional dairy cheese with Daiya cheese instead. How delicious does their Vegan California Pizza (with tomato, garlic, olive oil, vegan cheese, avocado, and spinach) look above?
Visit them at several locations based in Arizona state.
6. Los Angeles, California
Cruzer Pizza is the only 100 percent vegan Pizzeria in Los Angeles. They specialize in thin-crust pies, heroes, and even spaghetti with vegan meatballs, although they have an abundance of options: you could get thick crust or whole wheat crust, french fries seasoned with garlic and Daiya cheese, a side of vegan ranch dressing, a vegan Philly cheesesteak, spicy Indian Kima with herbs and jalapeños, and more. Gluten-free options are also available.
Visit them at 4449 Prospect Ave, Los Angeles, California.
7. Denver, Colorado
All of the sauce and dough at Marquis Pizza in Denver, Colorado is 100 percent vegan, and while they do serve traditional dairy cheese and meat, they also offer vegan Daiya cheese and seitan chicken and sausage. Their 100 percent “Tofugazi” pie features plant-based silken white tofu sauce, spinach, Daiya mozzarella, buffalo seitan, and green peppers. And as for dessert? Their vegan “Appleseed Crust”, a 12-inch pie with Apples and Caramel Sauce, and topped with Sweetened Oat Crumble, sounds absolutely divine.
Visit them at 2009 Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado 80205.
8. Madison, Wisconsin
Ian’s is a chain based in Madison, Wisconsin, that has four locations with a spanning selection of vegan sauces. Their vegan pesto, Alfredo, creme, and ranch dressings and sauces are all their own recipes and cannot be found anywhere else in the United States, but they also serve vegan marinara, pesto, and barbeque. They use Daiya cheese on their vegan pizzas, and allow you to choose between Mozzarella Style, Cheddar Shred, or both. They even named 2017 their Year of Vegan Pizza.
9. Vegan-Friendly Pizza Spots With Multiple Locations!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t call out at least a few spots with sizeable vegan-friendly menus that are located in multiple cities across America; if you don’t live in one of the aforementioned cities, one of the following locations might have a spot near you!
Blaze Pizza is a Pasadena, California-based chain that has 205 locations across the United States and Canada. Blaze’s traditional and gluten-free crusts are both totally vegan, and that it also offers Daiya cheese and veggie toppings to its customers, both for no extra charge. The classic red and the spicy red sauce are both vegan-friendly, as is the BBQ sauce and the olive oil.
The pizza chain Mellow Mushroom is very vegan and vegetarian-friendly and has offered vegan pizza crust and Daiya cheese for quite some time. They also offer tofu and tempeh.
Brixx Pizza offers vegan cheese on any of their pizzas, sandwiches, or salads at no extra charge, and their traditional and whole wheat doughs are made with turbinado sugar and are 100 percent vegan, as well.
If you still can’t find a spot that serves vegan pizza or just don’t want to shell out the extra cash, you can always make your own vegan pie at home. We highly recommend this gluten-free Truffled Mushroom Pizza if you like earthy flavors, or this Feta and Olive Greek Pizza if you’re into fusion. You also can’t go wrong with the bright and fresh Summer Pesto Pizza (pictured above).
If you’re still craving more, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out, and let us know what your favorite vegan pizzeria is in the comments!
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