It seemed like pizza peaked in the era of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pizza Hut collectibles. But lo and behold, pies are more popular than ever. Just ask Instagrammers; they’ll tell you that pizza is life, pizza is bae and “every pizza is a personal pizza if you apply yourself.”
Hell, the pizza-obsessed Party Party led by Andrew W.K. almost had a shot at the election.
Clearly, everyone loves pizza — and that includes vegans. And while dough and tomato sauce are usually vegan, cheese obviously isn’t. And pizza just isn’t pizza without cheese.
Luckily, lots of national pizza chains are responding to the increased demand for dairy-free options and offering vegan cheese as an alternative. Here are 10 spots where you can make vegan pizza magic.
(Note: all of these eateries offer Daiya — the most popular meltable, dairy-free cheese.)
1. Mellow Mushroom
With a classic ‘70s vibe and a massive menu, the chain started in Atlanta, Georgia four decades ago and has grown to 180 locations in 21 states. Vegan cheese can be added to any item, from pizzas to hoagies to calzones, and tofu and tempeh are topping options, too. They even have a separate vegan menu that’s available online.
2. Blaze Pizza
Co-owned by the king of Cleveland — Lebron James — Blaze specializes in fast-fired, personalized pies. The regular and gluten-free crusts are both vegan-friendly, as are the classic red, spicy red, and BBQ sauces. Plus, Blaze offers a whopping 17 fruit and veggie topping options to choose from.
3. Uncle Maddio’s
At this make-your-own pizza joint, guests can make their own pies or salads, or choose from signature creations and “foldwiches.” The regular crust isn’t vegan, but the gluten-free and whole wheat crusts are. Other vegan friendly-topping options include tomato basil sauce, garlic-infused olive oil, BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, all fresh veggies, grilled tofu, black bean corn salsa, almonds, walnuts, fresh herbs, grapes, raspberry vinaigrette and balsamic vinaigrette.
With 117 locations across the country, Pieology touches 21 states (plus Guam!). The wheat and gluten-free crusts are vegan, and the spot offers signature pies and salads, plus make-your-own options for both. In addition to vegan cheese, there are 16 fresh veg toppings to choose from.
5. Two Boots
A smaller chain with locations in six states, Two Boots has been offering vegan options since the early ‘90s (their first honored actress and songstress extraordinaire Bette Midler). Now, the chain has a signature V for Vegan pizza made with artichokes, red onions, shiitake mushrooms, sweet red pepper pesto, basil pesto and Daiya cheese. Plenty of other pies on the menu can be veganized, and vegan ricotta is now an additional cheese option.
This wood-fired pizza chain is also about the personalized pies. Vegan cheese is available for pizzas, salads, and sandwiches, and the traditional and whole wheat doughs are both vegan-friendly. There are loads of specialty pies on the menu, and the “Veggin’ Out” options (like the Greek or Wild Mushroom) are easily veganized.
Hand-crafted pies are what this eatery is into, and the signature thin, double dough and gluten-free crusts are all vegan, as are the organic tomato, spicy organic tomato, spicy, and bold BBQ sauces. There are also more than a dozen vegan-friendly fruit and veggie options, plus vegan sausage.
8. Pie Five
This pizzeria offers a lengthy list of custom pies (our pie) and make-your-own options (your pie), and salads, too. The gluten-free and crispy thin crusts are vegan, as are the Tuscan marinara, spicy Sriracha marinara, bbq, and olive oil sauces. Plus, there are more than 17 fruit, veggie and herb topping options.
9. Your Pie
At Your Pie guests can make their own pizzas, paninis, or salads — or choose from signature options. In total there are 40 non-dairy choices including nearly 20 fresh veggies and non-dairy sorbet for dessert.
10. MOD Pizza
With locations from coast to coast, this spot features 10 signature pies (including a salad pizza) that can be edited for vegan eaters. Or, pizza lovers can make their own by starting with a newly formulated red sauce, BBQ sauce or garlic rub, vegan cheese — plus two dozen vegan topping options.
Hannah Sentenac is a freelance writer and journalist who covers veg food, drink, pop culture, travel, and animal advocacy issues. She’s written for Live Happy magazine, Foxnews.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and numerous other publications and websites. Hannah is also the Editor-in-Chief of LatestVeganNews.com, a publication dedicated to positive, original news from the vegan and plant-based world.