Recently, I heard a friend describe pizza as “a food so great it deserves a cult.” Though I do not deem it reasonable to join a cult about food (mostly), I agree that I loved pizza before I became vegan. The joy of eating it has been generally lost to me since. I find the occasional enjoyable frozen option at the grocery story, but I haven’t feasted on fresh-made restaurant pizza for years.
Until I discovered Z Pizza.
Z Pizza advertises natural, healthy pizza and offers many vegan options. The most obvious choice is the “Berkeley Vegan Cheese Veggie Pizza”, topped with marinara, vegan cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions and bell peppers. I ordered this with a whole-wheat crust. The dish bought me back to the days of adolescent post-swim practice pizza dinners, the one difference being that this pizza tasted fresh and wholesome enough to eat guiltlessly.
Although the “Berkeley Vegan Cheese Veggie Pizza” is the only advertised vegan pizza, the restaurant’s website (http://www.zpizza.com) indicates that there are numerous options. The FAQ section explains which existing pizzas can be altered to be vegan and lists all the ingredients that can be used to build your own vegan pizza. Several of their salads can also be altered to be vegan.
Z Pizza restaurants are popping up all over the United States. There are 49 in California alone. If there is one in your area, do your taste buds a favor and pay it a visit.