As a plant-based priority washes over luxury hospitality and chain restaurants, trendy vegan pizza joints have taken up a sizeable slice of recent London openings. Touting innovative dough substitutes from hemp to cauliflower, bases are topped with inventive, healthier topping combos than the traditional pizza pie, doing away with the need for dairy without any compromise to taste.
The prominence of vegan pizza is perhaps not all that surprising. The surging popularity of plant-based diets is a national phenomenon sparked by animal welfare, environmental concerns and personal health. The restaurant industry is just one of many trying to catch up to consumer needs.
For your dining inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of London’s upper crust vegan pizzerias, with an option in every corner of the capital.
Purezza | Camden
Purezza is committed not simply to offering vegan pizza alternatives, but a completely plant-based menu that exceeds the taste of the Italian classics you’re likely accustomed to.
Their signature mozzarella is the product of Italian brown rice, which boasts both great taste and half the calories and fat. Cashew and coconut are behind other cheese options at Purezza, which all taste delicious melted on type 2 flour bases. Our pick is the Here Comes Truffle pizza with mixed wild forest mushrooms and micro herbs.
Humble Pizza | Chelsea
But this is no style-over-substance concept. Using cauliflower and hemp seeds to form their bases, you can tuck into anything from tofu pepperoni toppings to asparagus and shaved potatoes.
Good Belly Pizza | Holland Park
Using only plant-based ingredients, three friends founded Good Belly in a bid to make outstanding pizza that just so happens to be vegan.
Highlights from the menu include Asian-infused combinations such as barbecued jackfruit served on generous helpings of vegan cheese alongside pickled shallots and miso ginger, or buffalo cauliflower with almond ricotta.
PickyWops | Brixton
Among PickyWops selection of alternative healthy bases, which include spirulina, multi-grain and turmeric, the high protein hemp offering is perfect for plant-based diets.
As well as Violife coconut oil-derived mozzarella, inventive toppings like seitan sausage meat and salami are offered among its long list of vegan-friendly toppings. Opt for almond ricotta stuffed crusts for the full PickyWops experience.
Yard Sale Pizza | Finsbury Park
This mini-chain pizzeria (it also has locations in Clapton, Walthamstow and Leytonstone) has come forth with many a vegan initiative since its inception.
All Yard Sale’s dough is vegan as standard, and they offer to swap mozzarella for vegan cheese on any of their topping offerings. Our choice is The Potater, a mix of roast potato, shallots and cherry tomato, finished with spicy vegan mayo.