Friday, July 6, 2012
Pegasus Favorite Five: Vegan pizza in Dallas
No dairy, no meat, just good old vegan pizza.
DALLAS In case you didn't know, the last Saturday in June was Vegan Pizza Day. Duly inspired, we put together this handy list of vegan pizza options in DFW.
Pizza by Marco
Pizza by Marco is not only the oldest pizzeria in Dallas, is also the oldest to offer a wide variety of vegan toppings. They have several locations, including Addison, Carrollton, Dallas, and Plano, and deliver from some locations. Theirs is an extra thin, crispy style pizza – usually with a slightly charred bottom that holds up well to extra tonnage of vegan toppings and veggies.
Pizza Lounge may not be the first, but they definitely have the most vegan options out of anyone in town. Not only do they have an extensive selection of vegan pizza toppings such as Daiya Cheese, vegan meats (sausage, pepperoni, soyrizo, etc.), but they expanded the menu to include vegan sandwiches like the Vegan Brat and Vegan Grilled Cheese. The "Dimebag" is one of the favorite of their gourmet pies that can be “veganized” – spinach, broccolini, and basil with vegan mozzarella.
It hard to believe anyone in Dallas doesn't know about Il Cane Rosso, the authentic Neapolitan pizza place in Deep Ellum recently featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. But what you may not know about Cane Rosso is that they offer vegan cheese along with a myriad of ever-changing fresh veggies (which would probably cause their Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana certification to be revoked if anyone in Naples found out, but we’re not telling).
Founded in a college town (Georgia Tech circa 1974), Mellow Mushroom is a nationwide pizza chain based on the fact that "college kids depend on the two major food groups known as pizza and beer." Appropriately, their locations are situated near major universities in the area – Fort Worth, Arlington, and Denton (the one outlier being Southlake, because some suburbs need pizza too). Mellow Mushroom offers vegan cheese as well as different vegan toppings such as tofu and tempeh. They also have hoagies and calzones, which can also be made vegan. Oh, and beer. They have lots and lots of beer.
Founded in California, ZPizza is another nationwide pizza chain offering vegan toppings to its guests. They pride themselves on offering a more "healthy" side of pizza – with 100% organic wheat flour and fresh ingredients. The Berkeley Vegan is the popular choice among vegans (amazingly enough) – with marinara, Daiya vegan cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, and bell peppers.
Gepetto's Pizza. If you’re not close to one of the aforementioned pizza joints, you might be in luck. Gepetto's Pizza mobile pizza food truck might come to you! Based out of Fort Worth, Gepetto’s offers personal size pizzas with an amazing crust (slightly sweet, a little doughy but crunchy on the outside) – plus, vegan cheese and faux-meat toppings to boot.
Serious Pizza. While they don’t have any vegan-specific items on the menu (besides a load of veggies), Serious Pizza in Deep Ellum does advertise a vegan pizza, and the price of the pizza includes up to five veggie toppings. What’s more, they have an open BYOT (bring-your-own-toppings) policy and won’t stare at you funny for bringing in a bag of vegan cheese and fake meat. Their pizza is also humongous, and quite tasty.
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