Yesterday, I ventured into new culinary territory. My lil-miss was at a pool party, so my husband and I chose to get some pizza. We went to Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria. Being from NY, I am picky about my pizza. Hands down, Vincinis Pizza is the best pizza in Solano County.
While I LOVE pizza at Vincinis, their gluten-free crust lacks a bit. Amici’s has the best gluten-free crust in the area. They also offer vegan cheese. There is a pretty steep price-tag for a gluten-free pizza. There is no extra charge for substituting the Daiya vegan cheese.
The menu only showcases one true vegan pizza but several gluten-free options. I wish the vegan pizza had say an option to pick three toppings, with a gluten-free crust, for “X” amount. We ended up paying $32 just for my pizza. I’m sorry, but not every vegan or plant-based diet is in love with spinach. It NEVER belongs on a pizza! That’s my opinion of course, but salads are salads and pizza has no lettuce-like toppings.
The gluten-free crust is crispy, foldable and has good flavor. The pizza sauce is also vegan. The vegan cheese was creamier and melted well. I admit, I was apprehensive about ordering this pizza.
My first bite reinforced I can primarily consume vegan dishes, even while eating out. I didn’t miss “real” pizza at all. I will definitely return for another vegan pizza. However, strictly due to the price, the visits will be farther between because I can’t justify that cost for pizza on a regular basis.
It does prompt me to work on a homemade vegan crust. This plant-based, vegan and sometimes raw diet is still new to me. It makes it easier when I do eat out, to find restaurants who cater to dietary needs. Yes, I could just have gluten-free, but the vegan(ish) lifestyle is geared toward my cancer recovery. It’s not always easy to stick to the acceptable food, but when I do, I can feel a positive difference. I also can’t complain about a 10-pound weight loss (in just three weeks).
In the infamous words of Andrew Zimmer, “If it looks good; eat it.”