Dining: In Search of Great Vegan Pizza
HEIDI KYSER: Everything is good except the Daiya cheese, which kinda ruins everything else.
CHRIS SMITH: Being able to choose your own ingredients is good. I got onions, green peppers, spinach, and tofu popcorn, which detract from the weird Daiya flavor.
HK: I wanna say it’s good … for vegan pizza. I’d prefer if it stood on its own, as just good pizza, period.
CS: Yeah, I’d say it’s a good go-to vegan option — satisfying, but not crave-worthy.
10060 W. Sahara Ave., blazepizza.com
HK: So cool they do an all-vegan pizza, garlic knots, and ranch special for $19.99.
CS: The house-made ranch and cheese show that the chef really cares about vegan customers.
HK: This mushroom, olive, pepper, and Beyond Sausage pizza tastes as good as any thin-crust pizza.
CS: I’d definitely come back here.
2275 E. Sunset Road #2, 702-363-9300
Pop Up Pizza
HK: The pan-style crust gives the whole thing a nice smoky flavor.
CS: Daiya cheese again, unfortunately.
HK: It works a little better for me here, though, because of the crust.
CS: The standard vegan option has a lot of veggies — artichoke, mushrooms, red peppers, spinach … Maybe too much for some people?
HK: Maybe, but they can customize it with any toppings. Just takes a little longer.
In the Plaza Hotel & Casino, 702-978-7873
CS: (Trying the upside-down, with caramelized onions and meatballs, which was the vegan selection of the day) Oh my God, this sauce reminds me of my favorite mom-and-pop pizzeria in Beverly (Massachusetts).
HK: Too sweet for me — probably the onions. The meatballs are delicious, though.
CS: I love the grandma-style crust.
HK: I usually love it, but this one is too … crusty?
CS: At least the cheese doesn’t stick to your teeth!
725 Las Vegas Blvd. S. #140, 702-844-2700
Naked City Pizza at PT’s
HK: (Trying the Green Italian) This is good.
CS: (Trying the Bee’s Knees) Told you.
HK: Okay, so if they use Daiya cheese too, why does it taste so much better?
CS: Probably the oil brushed on the crust and the fact that it’s cooked in such a hot oven.
HK: I love how much thought went into combining interesting flavors, like the shaved fennel and radish with mushrooms on the Bee’s Knees. Brilliant. (Note: The Bee’s Knees is currently off the menu.)
CS: Too bad they don’t have vegan options in all their locations.
HK: Maybe not. If they had one in my neighborhood, I’d eat there all the time. I do not need that much pizza.
10940 S. Eastern Ave., 702-0915-7519