Breakfast Pizza with VeganEgg

It’s here, guys – Pizza Week is HERE!!! And I got started bright and early with a breakfast pizza. Now, I have to admit I lied yesterday when I finished my VioLife post by saying I was off to get my pizza crust started. I went to a party, came home and slept on the couch, got up at 3 to clean the kitchen, and made the dough around 3:45am. I didn’t realize I was almost out of flour, and the only yeast in the pantry…expired in 2010! But I decided to try it anyway, maybe it was still okay………

Well, this morning I checked my lump of dough safely set aside in the draft-free oven. It was REALLY cold in that oven! And the dough hadn’t risen at all. But I was not deterred, I would just have a flatbread pizza, simple as that.

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And if you don’t mind my saying so, I think it turned out pretty darn well. In fact, it is beautiful.

Anyway, you can use your favorite crust recipe or a store-bought crust, or try my old favorite recipe from a vintage TimeLife cookbook. As for the toppings…

Vegan Breakfast Pizza
Crust of choice
1/4 – 1/2 C chopped onion (to taste)
1/4 – 1/2 C chopped bell pepper (to taste)
One serving VeganEgg, prepared scrambled
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil
Garlic powder, to taste
VioLife Prosociano (Parmesan), or other favorite vegan cheese

Preheat oven to 500.
Saute onions and bell pepper in oil just until tender. Set aside.
Prepare scrambled VeganEgg, seasoned with salt and pepper.

If you’re using a homemade pizza dough, oil your pizza pan, roll out the dough to desired thickness, and place dough on greased pan. If you’re using store-bought, just stick the crust on the pan πŸ™‚ Lightly drizzle crust/dough with olive oil and spread evenly. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Top with sauteed veggies and scrambled VeganEgg.

Bake for 5 – 10 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned. Remove from oven and immediately top with shaved Prosociano. If you’re in the US, we don’t have VioLife yet πŸ™ But you can use your favorite vegan parm, mozzarella, nutritional yeast, or just skip it!

But seriously…as soon as VioLife is available here, you MUST try the Prosociano. It’s a hard cheese with a great salty, nutty, and slightly sharp flavor. I’m going to be so sad when it’s gone, who knows when I’ll be able to get my hands on more??? If you’re ever in Greece or the UK, I recommend pulling an I Love Lucy-type move to smuggle it home – put a hollow prego-belly on under your shirt, and fill it with VioLife.

More pizza to come all week, more VioLife reviews, and a proper VeganEgg review coming soon!!! Until then, enjoy your breakfast pizza!

Pizza Week 2016, Day 1: Breakfast Pizza

It’s here, guys – Pizza Week is HERE!!! And I got started bright and early with a breakfast pizza. Now, I have to admit I lied yesterday when I finished my VioLife post by saying I was off to get my pizza crust started. I went to a party, came home and slept on the couch, got up at 3 to clean the kitchen, and made the dough around 3:45am. I didn’t realize I was almost out of flour, and the only yeast in the pantry…expired in 2010! But I decided to try it anyway, maybe it was still okay………

Well, this morning I checked my lump of dough safely set aside in the draft-free oven. It was REALLY cold in that oven! And the dough hadn’t risen at all. But I was not deterred, I would just have a flatbread pizza, simple as that.

Vegan Breakfast Pizza with VeganEgg and VioLife Cheese
And if you don’t mind my saying so, I think it turned out pretty darn well. In fact, it is beautiful.

Anyway, you can use your favorite crust recipe or a store-bought crust, or try my old favorite recipe from a vintage TimeLife cookbook. As for the toppings…

Vegan Breakfast Pizza
Crust of choice
1/4 – 1/2 C chopped onion (to taste)
1/4 – 1/2 C chopped bell pepper (to taste)
One serving VeganEgg, prepared scrambled
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil
Garlic powder, to taste
VioLife Prosociano (Parmesan), or other favorite vegan cheese

Preheat oven to 500.
Saute onions and bell pepper in oil just until tender. Set aside.
Prepare scrambled VeganEgg, seasoned with salt and pepper.

If you’re using a homemade pizza dough, oil your pizza pan, roll out the dough to desired thickness, and place dough on greased pan. If you’re using store-bought, just stick the crust on the pan πŸ™‚ Lightly drizzle crust/dough with olive oil and spread evenly. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Top with sauteed veggies and scrambled VeganEgg.

Bake for 5 – 10 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned. Remove from oven and immediately top with shaved Prosociano. If you’re in the US, we don’t have VioLife yet πŸ™ But you can use your favorite vegan parm, mozzarella, nutritional yeast, or just skip it!

But seriously…as soon as VioLife is available here, you MUST try the Prosociano. It’s a hard cheese with a great salty, nutty, and slightly sharp flavor. I’m going to be so sad when it’s gone, who knows when I’ll be able to get my hands on more??? If you’re ever in Greece or the UK, I recommend pulling an I Love Lucy-type move to smuggle it home – put a hollow prego-belly on under your shirt, and fill it with VioLife.

More pizza to come all week, more VioLife reviews, and a proper VeganEgg review coming soon!!!

Pizza Week 2015, Day 7: Chili Cheese Chick Dog Pizza

Figured I better get caught up and post my last pizza tonight since it will make me incredibly sad to look at pictures of pizza once Lent starts. TOMORROW. Lent. Starts. Tomorrow!

Well, for some of us, anyway. For Sunday dinner the rest of my family decided to have chili cheese dogs. I love chili-cheese-just-about-anything, so why not just replace the bun with a pizza crust?

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So this is just my standard crust, and I used chili for the sauce – nothing fancy, just sauteed onions, refried beans, petite diced tomatoes and some of the juice, and pepper, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and Frank’s Redhot Sauce to taste.

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I wasn’t going to buy anymore cheese after picking up a package of Chao yesterday, but today I grabbed these veggie shreds – the purple bag is vegan! It says so right on the bag (green is just lactose free). Normally I’d go with Daiya cheddar, but the stores that carry it around here were closed…and Veggie Shreds are cheaper.

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Now, this may not look like a layer of hotdogs, and that’s because it’s a layer of CHICK dogs. This is a great filling for hotdog buns, and it worked very well on the pizza, too.

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I like sauerkraut, onions, and mustard on my chili dogs – you can also add pickles!

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And finally, Field Roast Chao slices. This was a real splurge for me, apparently it’s way more expensive in my area, maybe because we just have a couple little health food stores. It was on sale for $5.49, normally $7.39! This is the Coconut Herb flavor with black pepper.

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I baked it at 425 for about 20 minutes, and 450 for another 5 minutes or so. The Chao didn’t really melt, it just got soft and, well, sort of translucent.

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Still, it went very well with the rest of the toppings. I ate half the pizza at dinner time, and now I’m going to try to finish it off!

I’m going to do a separate post on Chao slices, but I will tell you now why I prefer Daiya to Veggie Shreds. The Veggie Shreds melt SO well, just beautifully, and the flavor is pretty good. But when you eat it, it kind of sticks to the back of your teeth and has an odd texture. I find myself wanting to scrape my teeth after each bite. However they are $2 cheaper than Daiya and can be found at Meijer, super convenient. And the negative qualities seem to make it more Lenten somehow πŸ™‚

Anyway, thank you all very much for celebrating Pizza Week with me yet again. And don’t worry, we still have Vegan Pizza Day to look forward to!

Pizza Week 2015, Day 5: Moar Eggplant Pizza & Cheezy Bean Dip

I had a few slices of Daiya cheese left last night – a couple Swiss and one Provolone. But…

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I just wanted an eggplant pizza again. I think it’s probably my favorite. This time I loaded it up with lots of fresh garlic. Then for the cheesy factor…

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I threw together a bean dip (try This One, or you can make it any way you want), turned the heat down to low, placed the Daiya slices on top, and covered the pan. Just let it sit there over low heat until the cheese gets nice and melty.

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Then swirl it around and eat it with your favorite tortilla chips.

Now I’m totally out of cheez but I have two more Pizza Week dinners to go! Tonight I’m trying a frozen pizza, but I might splurge a little and try Chao tomorrow….

Pizza Week 2015: GO!!!

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Today is the first day of Pizza Week! I was thinking about it so much, I got hungry for pizza and had to start early. Saturday I made this very simple pizza with nothing on it but olive oil, tomatoes, onion, and a sprinkling of salt.

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And yesterday being Meatfare Sunday, I made a similar pizza but added tomato sauce and Lite Life brand faux sausage.

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I’m heading out to the store this afternoon to pick up a couple kinds of Daiya cheese so I can officially kick off my Cheesefare week tonight!

In case you need a recipe, this one from my vintage TimeLife Foods of the World cookbook, “The Cooking of Italy,” is my favorite.

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Vegans will be happy to note…
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The recipe says cheese is optional! And this is true of traditional Italian pizzas.

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Excellent sauce

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Now, my Brother-in-law’s Pizza Week rules:

1. You must eat pizza at least 1 time every day. It does not have to constitute a whole meal, but it can.
2. You must eat a standard size piece of pizza at least.
3. You can eat any type of pizza you want – thin, pan, Chicago style, etc.
4. You may eat pizza multiple times in one day.
5. You can put anything on the pizza you want (though meat is technically not allowed that week, please consult your priest or spiritual father to discuss your personal fasting rule).
6. You don’t have to be Orthodox or be giving up pizza for Lent to participate in Pizza Week (though that’s generally the point).
7. It is highly recommended that the next time you eat pizza after February 22nd at 11:59 pm is after the Anastasi Divine Liturgy on Pascha (generally about 1-3am on Sunday, April 12th.)

For vegans celebrating Cheesefare week, Orthodox vegans anyway, this is most beneficial if you plan to abstain from vegan cheese/pizza during Great Lent.

I will update later today with my first pizza, and hopefully another interview with the founder of Pizza Week!

Loaded Potato Pizza at Brick Road Pizza

Brick Road Pizza is nothing new to this blog, but recently they added new menu items. Mumra and I could not resist trying them out.

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This is what I was interested in: The Loaded Potato Pizza. Carbs on delicious carbs. It ain’t cheap, but it’s worth it on some special occasion when you have a few extra bucks. Or when your mumra just wants to get out of the house.

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We started with the vegan goat cheese, served with yummy garlic toast. It’s basically just a soft cream cheese with pesto in marinara sauce, but the flavors combined are wonderful.

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And then there is the loaded potato pizza (with characteristic burnt crust, my one pet peeve when it comes to Brick Road!).

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Potato, bacon bits, cheddar, sour cream & green onions. I don’t know why it’s so much fun to put actual food on pizza instead of regular toppings. Maybe because you get to eat it with your hands. Whatever the case, this pizza was wonderful.

Looking forward to trying the other new items. Anyone else checked out the new menu yet?

Part of my Restaurant Week 2014

Eggplant Pizza, and Spinach Pizza from Mars (or something)

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I got behind posting my pizzas, but believe me, I haven’t gotten behind on Pizza Week. Thursday night I attempted to recreate another one of the pizzas I had in Italy.

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Well, it’s kind of like a melding of two. At one restaurant I had an ultra thin crust pizza with nothing on it but sauce and thinly sliced garlic. At another place they sold the pizza in thick rectangular pieces topped with thinly sliced eggplant.

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I baked it at 500 like the others, but it took a bit longer with the thicker crust (10 – 15 minutes).

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This is one of my favorite kinds of pizza. The one thing I think is different,

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I think I need more oil and salt in the crust to give it an authentic flavor. At least that’s how I remember it, it was a really long time ago.

Then last night I did a spinach pizza with the last of my crust & sauce. And also…

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lots of garlic. I love garlic. I spread plenty of olive oil on the crust and then added about 3 cloves worth of thin slices of garlic.

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Sauce…

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and spinach. You could tear the leaves, or use baby spinach, but I wanted to make a statement pizza. Wouldn’t hurt to cover the leaves with more sauce, too, but I just like how this looks.

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For my cheese, a tahini sauce with a heaping tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese, salt, onion powder, a little nutritional yeast, then thin it down with water enough to spoon it on the pizza. Drizzle everything with a little olive oil.

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It looks like a pizza from outerspace.

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The “cheese” firmed up and browned beautifully.

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How many thin crust pizzas does it take to feed a vegan?

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Just one 14″ is fine. I ate the whole thing, but you can do that with a minimalist pizza. Then I found a nice way to use up my leftover tahini sauce and spinach and ate that, too. I’ll post it later.

I’ll try to squeeze in the rest of my pizzas before Pizza Week is up. Today my sister and her family are coming to town and we’re taking our mom out for lunch. FOR PIZZA. I’m hoping we can try a new place, but we’ll see. For Sunday dinner we’ll all be making our own pizzas. Should be fun!

Pizza Week 2014 – Get Ready!!!!!

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Pizza Week 2014
Monday, February 24, through Sunday, March 2 (until 11:59pm!)

It’s time to start preparing for Pizza Week 2014! Once again I have interviewed the creator of Pizza Week, a guy I am lucky to call my brother-in-law. At the end of the interview, which is interspersed with pictures of delicious pizza, I have included the guidelines for Pizza Week. I hope you will join us in celebrating, and even send in a few pictures of your own pizzas for me to post on the blog!
(*UPDATE: Now that Pizza Week is over, I have posted links to all my pizza posts at the bottom of this blog)

To quote last year’s Pizza Week post, “As some of you know, one of the reasons I created this vegan food blog is for my Orthodox Christian friends, to give them ideas for meals and snacks on fasting days. What you might not know is, despite the fact we are fasting more days than not, we Orthodox Christians also love to eat. The great and wide variety of foods, after all, are a gift to all of us from God. So to keep things balanced, the Church does more than give us fasting days of preparation and repentance. We also have feasting days (and weeks!) in celebration and in preparation.

That’s where Pizza Week comes in, in preparation for Great Lent. You see, during Great Lent and Holy Week – the 50 day period preceding Pascha (Easter) – Orthodox Christians generally abstain from all meat, eggs, fish, dairy, oil and wine. This is called a strict fast.

If you think Fat Tuesday is great, just wait. In preparation for Great Lent, we start with one whole week without any fasting except the brief fast before communion that Sunday morning. Then we slowly work our way into the fast. We have these two special Sundays before Lent begins. One is called Meatfare Sunday. It’s the last day when meat is permitted. Eat all the meat you want – I’ll be eating the last of my faux meat, if I have any.
The next day Cheesefare week begins, and with it, fasting from all meat. But dairy is allowed every single day (normally during the year, we keep the strict fast every Wednesday and Friday) – and again, I’ll be using up my faux cheese. Then comes Cheesefare Sunday, the last day to eat any dairy or eggs. After Cheesefare Sunday, the strict fast begins, with a slight relaxation on Saturdays and Sundays when oil and wine are permitted. Then, after 50 days of waiting and praying, we celebrate The Feast of Feasts!

Okay, now that we have some background, let’s get to the fun stuff!

from Cult Pizza in Grand Rapids, MI

from Cult Pizza in Grand Rapids, MI


OhSheCooks: First, last year you said maybe you’d keep track of how many pieces of pizza you ate. Did you?

Brother-in-Law: I did not. The slice size varied so much it would be tough to truly understand what a number would have meant.

OSC: Now, am I correct you don’t like vegetables on your pizza at all, or is it that you don’t like vegetables and meat together? I’m wondering if you just eat plain cheese pizza every day during Pizza Week since we can’t have meat. Do you do fake meat?

Eggplant Pizza

Eggplant Pizza. What’s that about vegetables?


BIL: Correct, I do not like vegetables on my pizza. Veggies are for salads, not pizza. I eat plain cheese pizza all week.

OSC: How far in advance do you begin planning for Pizza Week? What’s your strategy?

BIL: I don’t really plan for it, except send a Facebook event invite a week or so before. The only strategy is to make sure I am able to get at least one piece a day. So, if my wife doesn’t want pizza at night for dinner, I have to either get it for lunch, or make sure there’s some leftovers at home for an after-dinner snack.

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza


I asked my sister to come up with a few questions for the interview…
OSC: Here are your wife’s questions: If pizza were a song, what song would it be?

BIL: Everlasting Love

OSC: What is your earliest pizza memory?

BIL: Wow, I have no idea. I feel like my family didn’t eat a lot of pizza until I was a teenager, but maybe I just don’t remember.

Onions-Three-Ways Pizza

Onions-Three-Ways Pizza


OSC: What is your worst pizza memory?

BIL: Working as a pizza relocation specialist and being around pizza for hours, having it make my car smell like pizza, but not being able to eat any of it (especially during Lent).

OSC: Lastly (back to my questions), if non-Orthodox people participate in Pizza Week, what do you hope they’ll take away from it?

"Tortizza" - Pizza on a tortilla when you need a quick fix!

“Tortizza” – Pizza on a tortilla when you need a quick fix!


BIL: Two things really. First, to realize how amazing a gift from God pizza is, as well as having the means to participate in Pizza Week. To be able to eat something so delicious every day is a blessing. Then, I hope they see that while that gift is amazing, God’s gift of sending His only Son to become man, suffer, and die for us is the greatest gift of all. If people are willing to go from eating delicious pizza consistently for days, to abstaining completely for close to 50 days in a row to prepare for Christ’s resurrection, it hopefully shows just how important God’s gift is, and anything else pales in comparison.

Thank you, BIL, for another excellent interview! And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…

BIL’s Pizza Week Rules:

1. You must eat pizza at least 1 time every day. It does not have to constitute a whole meal, but it can.
2. You must eat a standard size piece of pizza at least.
3. You can eat any type of pizza you want – thin, pan, Chicago style, etc.
4. You may eat pizza multiple times in one day.
5. You can put anything on the pizza you want (though meat is technically not allowed that week, please consult your priest or spiritual father to discuss your personal fasting rule).
6. You don’t have to be Orthodox or be giving up pizza for Lent to participate in Pizza Week (though that’s generally the point).
7. It is highly recommended that the next time you eat pizza after March 2nd at 11:59 pm is after the Anastasi Divine Liturgy on Pascha (generally about 1-3am on Sunday, April 20th.)

In case there is any doubt, we are talking about REAL cheese pizza for Pizza Week. Eating vegan pizza during Lent is a completely separate entity and in no way affects the splendor or legitimacy of Pizza Week (unless you are already a vegan and plan to give up vegan pizza for Lent*).

*I believe that was added for moi πŸ™‚

Looking for pizza recipes? Check the Junk Food Fix category from the recipe index! Of course you can also buy a fresh or frozen pizza. Or sneak into an elementary school and steal a slice of rectangular pizza with really weird-looking bits of “sausage” on it – that can’t be real meat, can it? Did anyone else used to dip their school cafeteria pizza in ranch dressing? Man I am hungry for pizza right now. RIGHT NOW. Pizza Week, COME!

Jordanian Sweet Potato Flatbread Pizza
Basic Daiya Pizza
Neapolitan Pizza
Eggplant Pizza, Spinach Pie
Pulled Jackfruit Pizza with Corn Tortilla White Sauce
Deluxe Pizza

what would I say…about food

Sorry I don’t have a real post this morning, but I found this status generator floating around facebook: what-would-i-say.com It looks through your status updates and pictures and puts together random words or sentences. Most of them make no sense, some do but are weird. Some are funny…lots of mine are about food. Like these. Apparently I post a lot about pizza!

I found a bunch of vegan cheese bread, salata, hummus & pita, and foolish kids.

Um, I missed my attempt at a food

I found this conversation Mom, why oh why they thought I set my alarm to go grocery shopping!

Well, we had to eat this fermented tofu for

Pretty bummed I kept getting any pizza????

I found a piece of bread, near one

Sorry, ’tis a nap, and we had little to no pizza for

‘I am officially getting any pizza????

There’s a reason most people don’t smile in Nathan Benadict’s room, had to drive? I’m trying to eat vegan stuff

There’s a Mediterranean place downtown called gray squash.

Well, we had a taco pizza at the first Friday

really spicy collard greens, a simple Yes or are you

Now my vegan cheese pizza…

PIZZA WEEK when we pray we have CANDY??!?!??!?!?? I can’t tonight, I’m going to the job of rain and my blog

So. What would you say?

joining a cult: pizza

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Okay, I finally got to go to Cult Pizza!!!!!! We had a pizza night this weekend and someone else was paying. Since I was the only one eating vegan pizza, it seemed like the perfect time to get pizza by the slice instead of a whole pizza I *could*, but shouldn’t, eat all by myself!

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First of all……

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do I have to say it?

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It’s just kind of a cool lookin’ place.

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I loved the black on black. But I guess the pizza is the most important part…

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There were two by-the-slice options, and both were vegan. I got one of each – this is the curry kimchee, with ginger, green onions, some unidentifiable stuff, and curry sauce. Also a sprinkling of Daiya cheese.
Now, I asked for these to-go. If you look closely, you will notice this is just on a paper plate, and you can see another slice of pizza peeking out underneath. The whole thing is in my lap since I had to take it in the car, and there was no other way for me to hold it. This is my one complaint, that to-go slices are just put on paper plates and given to you stacked one on top of the other. Why does it matter?

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Because it’s hot pizza, with sticky cheese. And toppings from the lower slice will stick to the plate above πŸ™ But honestly, I just scraped that off the plate when I got home. And. Ate it.

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As mentioned over at justagrainofsalt, there were lots of bubbles in the relatively thin crust. I actually have always loved the bubbles, I’m not sure why. I kind of wished they were bigger on this pizza. To each her own.

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And there was SO much pizza!!!!! Each slice is 1/4 of a 16″ pizza, and it’s 4 bucks. Oh, that second pizza…I’m not exactly sure what I even ate since the guy wasn’t totally sure what it was. But. “Red sauce” he called it (marinara, I presume?) with spinach, more Daiya cheese. And then there appeared to be a sort of faux meat, with a kind of sausage-y flavor, possibly made from ground walnuts.

I thought the pizza was great, service was fast on a Saturday evening although the place was filling up – they warmed the slices for me in the oven. And I really just enjoyed sitting in there and looking at everything…black and white, and all kinds of textures. Pretty slick (nevermind the improper use of the Greek letters). I will be returning to Cult Pizza, hopefully with friends. Highly recommended. Check them out on Facebook.