You don’t always need cheese to make a banging pizza. But when you see vegan cheese is available when you’re out, who would say no to a kilo of your finest, grated dairy-free deliciousness on your Margherita?!
There has been a long-awaited vegan cheese boom across the UK in recent years. This, coupled with the huge increase in people trying Veganuary, has seen more people looking for familiar naughty treats including easily-accessible vegan pizzas. So…what are the best vegan pizzas on the high street and where can you find them?
All hail the FIRST chain to offer vegan pizzas on the high street that include mozzarella! Zizzi’s vegan menu includes three pizzas, all made with their own brown rice-based Mozzarisella, which is a creamy and melty cheese. Have it slathered on a Classic Margherita, Zucca (with butternut squash, onions and spinach) or Pepperonata (with peppers, tomatoes and hot chillies). Or you can create your own with various delectable toppings!
Although they don’t have a dedicated vegan menu as yet (hint, hint), Pizza Express introduced their PETA Vegan Food Award winning pizza, the Vegan Giardiniera last year. It comes with dairy-free mozzarella, tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms and olives! Order it as default or ask to replace the mozzarella with the vegan version on any other veggie pizza.
If, like me, your childhood included being dragged to numerous loud and messy kids parties at the ‘Hut, you may have been put off going to one again. Or you went vegan and faced the sad notion of only eating the salad bar. But fear not! Pizza Hut came to their senses in 2018 and rolled out Violife vegan cheese across ALL of their UK restaurants. So you can have any Pan, All American Thin, Gluten-Free or Flatbread pizza with the vegan mozzarella alternative. Yes!
This casual Italian restaurant now has a separate vegan menu and although the pizza options are slim, you can still create your own Vegan Prima Pizza with ASK Italian’s own vegan mozzarella and a choice of 3 toppings, including grilled aubergines, caramelised onions and sautéed mushrooms. Oh and it can be made with a gluten-free base!
Another big Italian chain that has an entirely separate vegan menu if you ask! Although Bella Italia have no cheese alternative (sorry folks), you can still create your own cheese-free Margherita with any two toppings or order their Mille Colori Pizza which is under 600 calories (if there’s any chance you’re watching your waistline) and comes with roast peppers, courgette, tomato sauce, salsa verde, pine nuts and a side salad. Not bad at all.
Ok so you may not have heard of this American chain before and it’s not found on every high street. But with new restaurants now in London, Nottingham, Leeds and Gateshead (with more planned to open), MOD Pizza is quickly becoming the new Subway for pizzas! What I mean by that is their speedy, counter-service style means you can get a big, hot pizza in minutes, creating your own pizza as you go. Choose your sauce (both red and BBQ are vegan), toppings and spices to go on any base with their optional vegan cheese. Simple!
For those of you stateside, MOD Pizza have locations all over the US!
With limited high street vegan pizza takeaway options (if you can introduce vegan cheese and bases in Australia, you can do it here Domino’s!) there is one place that has sufficed for many UK vegans and that’s Papa John’s. So no cheese is a bummer, but their sauce and hand-tossed dough are accidentally vegan as well as their BBQ, sweet chilli sauce and special garlic dipping sauce, which is super tasty (and will pretty much make you forget cheese even exists). So order an XXL pizza on original or thin base, remove the cheese, add every single vegetable and get Netflix fired up.
So, now you know best vegan pizzas on the high street, which one will you try first?
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