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In celebration of dairy- and meat-free pizza, tomorrow has been dubbed Vegan Pizza Day. While I could probably never be vegan myself, I am vegetarian and have many vegan friends, so am happy to support an event like this. The official VPD site is pretty cool, with listings of places that have vegan pizza, run downs on vegan-safe frozen pizzas, and other such resources.
I don’t agree with the claims on the site that vegan pizza is “the most awesomest food ever”, however I have had some delicious vegan pizza in my day. Many pizzerias offer simple cheeseless pies under the name “Marinara”, with just sauce and a few other minimal condiments or toppings, like garlic, sea salt, or olive oil. If they’re not vegan-safe as is, they can usually be made so easily. These pies are often neglected because they look boring as hell on paper (i.e. on the menu), but if done right with good ingredients these pies can rival their cheese-laden counterparts.
There’s also the topic of vegan faux cheese. I have yet to have any fake cheese which really does the job for me, but if used with a bunch of other toppings, it can add something to vegan pizza that might otherwise be missing.
As far as NYC goes, there is no shortage of options for vegan pizza. Most places can make vegan pizza to order. Others, like Paulie Gee’s, Vinnie’s, and Viva Herbal, offer entire vegan menus. Heck, Scott’s Pizza Tours has even offered vegan pizza walking tours before.
New York isn’t the only place for vegan pizza though. Boston, for example, has a strictly vegan pizzeria called Peace o’ Pie. Many more options can be found on the Vegan Pizza Day listing.
So, regardless of where you are, grab your vegan friends tomorrow and chomp some non-animal-byproduct slices.
The vegan black bean taco slice from Vinnie’s, with black beans, pico de gallo, ground “beef”, “mozzarella”, “cheddar”, and Frank’s Hot Sauce.
This just landed in my inbox, sent from the people over at L’asso:
L’asso Pizza Guide Party 10.7.08
The L’asso Pizza Guide Release Party
L’ASSO PIZZA GUIDE
THE DEFINITIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIZZA
ON Tuesday October 7th from 5-10pm you are invited to our PIZZA GUIDE RELEASE PARTY!
The L’asso Pizza Guide – the definitive guide to pizza – will be carried as a NYC Onion insert (10.9.08). The guide is a humorous and informational guide to pizza – from its humble beginnings in ancient times to its current incarnation as one of the world’s favorite foods.
It’s been a year in the making! Be one of the first to check it out before the rest of the world gets to see it.
DJ, PIZZA SAMPLING, BOOZE plus the unveiling of a few new pizza recipes we’ve been working up, be the first to try our new inventions!
I checked out L’asso in NYC a couple months ago, but never got around to writing it up here (I did get some photos though). In short, it’s pretty fancy: the form factor of the pizza is unusual, but it was good regardless. I expect this event to be delicious.
By the way, I’m psyched to see some pizza humor by the people at The Onion… geniuses.
I attended the previously mentioned NYC Food Film Fest‘s Pizza Night in the parking lot next to Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn the other night. It was great to be around a bunch of other pizza fanatics directly under the Brooklyn Bridge.
While I was waiting around for the show to start, I had the pleasure of finally meeting the mastermind behind the amazing Slice pizza blog, Adam Kuban, in person. He told me some interesting stuff about his life as a full-time pizza blogger, but that’s a whole other story…
After a couple short speeches from the Food Film Fest crew and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, they screened 3 short films: Pure & Simple, which is a view in to the daily life of hardcore pizzeria Una Pizza Napoletana (I’ve never been, but I definitely intend to check it out soon); Brooklyn Pizza which showed what Adam Kuban described as “pizza porn” — the pizza-making process at 3 different Brooklyn pizzerias (Di Fara, Totonno’s, and Grimaldi’s); and finally In Pignata: Calabrian Fireside Cooking, which wasn’t really about pizza at all, but followed around an aging traditional Italian farmer as she prepped food from her own harvests.
Grimaldi’s sent out a couple rounds of sampling pies for the salivating crowd throughout the night. Much appreciated, but after the event I decided to wait in line to get a proper dose. Nothing has changed about Grimaldi’s pie since I first had it: it’s still one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten. So good.
Last night I moved in to the room I will be subletting in Brooklyn for the summer. Needless to say, I’m excited about the pizza potential (and other general food stuff) for the next few months. I’ve decided that I want to eat out as much as possible while I’m here, even if it ends up costing me more.
It seems that I timed my move perfectly: the 2nd annual NYC Food Film Festival is under way, and tomorrow there will be a screening of 3 short pizza-related films in the parking lot next to one of my all-time favorite pizzerias, Grimaldi’s, in Brooklyn.
The event is free, with food starting at 7:30pm and the screenings at 8:30. Tomorrow, 17 June. Rain or shine.
Grimaldi’s is at 19 Old Fulton St in Brooklyn, literally underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
For more info, check the Film Festival schedule.