I used to love deep dish, super cheesy, sausage and onion Chicago style pizza. Back in the day, I could eat half a large pie like that. No wonder I was a chubby chica!
I don’t eat like that anymore, but I still love pizza. While I can make a tasty vegan pizza at home, it’s a challenge to find a good one when dining out. Last weekend, however; my husband, sister and I discovered a fabulous vegan-friendly pizza place in San Diego.
With its funky mosaic floor, colorful wall murals and background reggae music, Zia Gourmet Pizza has a relaxed vibe. It’s also a super friendly place. The girl at the counter made us feel welcome and was helpful in going over the vegan options. And the owner engaged with us casually as if we had been friends forever.
When our pizza came, my husband and sister wanted to snap photos for my blog, so all of us took lots pictures of the pizza and each other while laughing. I think we made a bit of a scene.
We ordered a half and half pizza and tried the vegan chorizo, avocado, scallion and cilantro half first. It was a splendid combo! The sweet and spicy peach and herb sauce we choose had some heat, but the avocado cooled it down nicely.
Next we tasted the mushroom, scallion, potato and basil side of the pie, which had a lovely herbal taste. This side was delicious, but I preferred the chorizo side. My husband and sister, however; both gave an edge to the potato side.
I should also say that the crust was phenomenal! It was light and slightly chewy and reminded me of fresh out of the oven homemade bread. It was obvious that it was hand-made and hand tossed.
I highly recommend this place – the pizza lives up to its gourmet name!
The top photo is courtesy of the Zia Gourmet Pizza website.