Veganism

Vegan pizza in Halifax

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I love pizza. I could happily eat pizza every day, including for breakfast. I often make my own pizza at home, but I do like to indulge in the occasional takeout. Neopolitan pizza is my favourite, but since this pizza requires a special oven to bake for the requisite maximum of 90 seconds, it’s not something I can make at home. In this post, I’ll discuss some of the vegan pizza offerings in a variety of Halifax restaurants. Please note that I’m not reviewing the quality of the food.

An option any vegan can follow, of course, is to simply order a pizza that contains no animal-derived ingredients, including cheese. My focus in this post is on restaurants that offer pizzas or ingredients labelled specifically as vegan. Traditional pizza dough is vegan, as it contains yeast, flour, sugar, and oil.  Let’s explore below.

Piatto Pizzaria + Enoteca has the special oven needed to make the Neopolitan pizza I love; I believe it’s the only restaurant in town with such an oven.  Piatto offers the “vegano”, which features sautéed portobello mushroom, garlic marinated tomatoes,  grilled zucchini, and topped with arugula. Piatto does not offer any vegan cheeze, which is a mark against them, as such alternatives are readily available.

Bramoso Pizza was, I believe, the first pizza restaurant in Halifax to provide a vegan cheeze alternative. Bramoso does not offer a specifically-labelled vegan pizza, but you can opt to create your own pizza and ask for their home-made vegan cheeze topping, which has the texture of ricotta. If you prefer cheeze that melts and has a gooey texture, as I do, this ricotta style may take some getting used to. The company states specifically that its white and whole wheat crusts are vegan.

Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria makes their own vegan cheeze topping which, like Bramoso’s has a ricotta-type texture. You can assemble your own pizza and ask for the vegan topping.

On The Wedge Gourmet Pizza, which operates in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford, offers the vegan-labelled pizza “Roasted Rocket,” which has roasted eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, fresh tomato, rustico sauce, and sauteed mushrooms. Sadly, the company does not provide any vegan cheeze alternative.

Boston Pizza does not have a vegan-labelled pizza, but it has very recently provided vegan cheeze, so you could assemble your own pizza and ask for this alternative. The company also provides a vegan cauliflower crust.

Pizza Pizza provides three vegan alternatives: vegan pepperoni, vegan crumbles, and cheeze, which can be added to a pizza of your design. The company also provides a vegan cauliflower crust, and states that its regular and thin crusts contain no animal ingredients.

The Wooden Monkey offers a “veggie pizza” that contains olive oil basil, tomato sauce, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, and goat cheese. You can order vegan cheeze instead of the dairy versions.

The Heartwood offers the “Classic Vegan” pizza, which consists of tomato sauce, mushrooms, garlic, tofu, artichoke hearts, spinach, peppers, and nutritional yeast topped with a vegan caesar dressing. The restaurant normally carries Daiya cheeze if you wanted to add that as well.

As you can see, there are plenty of choices for vegan pizza.  Remember, I’ve listed only those restaurants that have pizzas labelled specifically as vegan, or which provide vegan cheeze alternatives. If I’ve missed any, please let me know.

 

 

Recipes, Veganism

Vegan pizza

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Pizza is one of my favourite foods.  I seem to have an almost limitless ability to consume pizza; for this reason, I prefer to make pizza myself, as I can control the levels of fat and salt. My make my own pizza dough using my Zojirushi breadmaker. I have tried different types of flours, but all-purpose unbleached flour produces the best results.

Ingredients

  • Tomato sauce.  I make a simple sauce using sauted garlic, crushed tomatoes, basil, and oregano.  Adding a teaspoon or so of sugar helps cut down the acidity of the tomatoes.  I usually add a full-bodied red wine for flavour.  I am a traditionalist when it comes to pizza; I’ve tried white sauces, but my preference is for red sauce.
  • Sliced kalamata olives.I always buy olives with pits, as I find they are more flavourful than pitted olives.  Slicing the olives around the pits is fiddly, but is worth the effort,  The challenge is to not eat too many olives while slicing them.
  • Sliced mushrooms.  If I am feeling particularly decadent, I’ll use oyster or shitake mushrooms.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes.  You have to be careful of not using too many, as otherwise the pizza will taste too salty.
  • Sliced artichokes.  The ones marinated in oil are higher in fat, but more flavourful.
  • Daiya cheese. I add this after the pizza has baked, as I don’t like the cheese to burn.
  • Bake at 425.

This is what the assembled pizza looks like, without cheese:

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Once the pizza is cooked, I sprinkle Daiya shredded cheese and cook until melted.