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One quest to find the best VT vegan pizza

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Vegan pizza is mysterious. How can one of America’s favorite junk foods be any good without the cheese and the meat?

I’m not vegan myself, but I have a dairy allergy that forces me to seek out vegan options a lot of the time when eating out.

I have toured the Burlington area searching for the perfect vegan pizza pie. Thankfully,there were a surprisingly large number available. Here are the best:

Leonardo’s:

Vegan

Salvation

This is a seriously tasty vegan pizza. Leonardo’s forgoes the classic red sauce for a delicious olive oil garlic sauce. Red onions, white mushroom, tomatoes and black olives are piled on top and mix perfectly with the melted “cheese.” You can even get this on a certified organic wheat or gluten-free crust. I have eaten an entire large pie of this by myself in one sitting. It pairs extremely well with Sriracha.

Pizzeria

Verita:

I consider this place to have the best pizza in Burlington overall. It’s expensive, but so worth it for the quality ingredients and the traditional Neapolitan-style wood-fired oven perfection.  Thankfully, they offer Daiya cheese, a vegan cheese substitute, as an option for any of their pizzas. Daiya cheese makes a great pizza cheese because it melts really well and, in my opinion, tastes better melted than not.

Pingala:

This is true vegan pizza, topped with herbed tofu, scallion, buffalo sauce and tahini. This pizza is respectable because it’s not just trying to mimic pizza, it stands alone as a dish. This pizza is super flavorful, but is only served on Fridays.

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One quest to find the best VT vegan pizza