zpizza considering new vegan cheese


(Update: The vegan cheese pizza at zpizza is here (or coming very, very soon)!)

I have two zpizza restaurants near me, one not far from my house and the other near my work.  I love the fact that they have veggie meat options and offer a soy cheese pizza.  The problem: their soy cheese contains casein, so it’s not an option.

I wrote to them, knowing that they’re a fast-growing national pizza chain, and urged them to consider using a vegan cheese.  Turns out that they’re actively testing a number of vegan cheese options, including a certain brand from Chicago.  This would be a huge win for pizza-loving vegans everywhere, so drop them a line and let them know that you’d love to see them start offering a vegan cheese option, particularly if there’s a zpizza in your area.

In addition to letting me know about their search for a good vegan cheese, they also passed along this helpful list of current vegan options at zpizza:

Pizzas (all of these request No Cheese):

  • Provence
  • Napoli
  • Greek
  • California
  • Tuscan
  • Berkeley Soy Cheese Veggie
  • Casablanca
  • Moroccan Rustica
  • Pear and Gorgonzola Rustica
  • Mediterranean Rustica


  • California
  • Arugula (no cheese)
  • Greek (no cheese)
  • Pear and Gorgonzola (no cheese)

If you’d like to build your own cheese-less pizza or order a salad, below are acceptable vegan ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Tomato sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Chipotle pesto
  • Roasted garlic sauce
  • Veggie crumbles
  • All fresh vegetables
  • Balsamic dressing

Asi = Harpo


Last night I dreamt that a food critic came over my house and was critiquing some simple potato dish that I’d made. He said it was uninspired and plain, and examining the ingredients, said, “It seems you don’t like meat very much.” I told him I was vegan and he gave me that knowing look, like, “Ah, that’s why your food sucks.”

He proceeded to make me feel bad about my cooking before I turned the conversation by asking him who his favorite vegan cookbook authors were.

“I like… Oprah.” I stared at him, confused. “Oprah… Chandra Moskowitz. Her books are really good.”

Maybe this means we’ll see Oprah giving away free samples of Cast Iron seitan to her audience in 2009?