Purezza set up shop on St. James St last year with the intention of feeding hungry vegans and omnivores alike with their 100% plant based pizzas. Whilst other pizzerias in the UK are starting to cotton on to the vegan market, Purezza is the country’s only totally vegan pizza joint. They could be getting a pretty heavy amount of business based on this fact alone, but it just so happens that they’re churning out pretty decent grub t00.
When reading their menu, what strikes me the most is the sheer creativity with which they’ve approached building their pizzas. There are some really cool ideas going on there that I’d never seen before (see: nacho pizza, more on it below) and everything you might expect to see on your average pizza menu is totally covered. Garlic bread, salad, decadent desserts, it’s all there.
The folks at Purezza are a great bunch, and if you have any questions about the world of vegan pizza I’m sure they’d be happy to help you – you can give them a shout on Twitter where they’re active daily.
Yesterday afternoon, we had a total blowout vegan pizza party. Here’s what went down..
“You wouldn’t know, I don’t think, that it’s all as vegan as it is” – My Mum
Cheesy Garlic Bread, £4.90
Tastes exactly as it looks. Really good garlic bread. Everything about it is as cheesy garlic bread should be, apart from the fact that the “cheesy” bit hasn’t come from anything’s udder.
Quinoa Salad, £4.50
Quinoa, edamame beans, hummus, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pomegranate, beetroot, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon, mixed leaves, dressing on the side. Perf. This is great to balance out the carb-fest of pizza and it would be awesome as an on-the-go lunch.
I don’t know if I’ve ever told you guys what my Dominos order is before (I feel like I probably haven’t because I’m not exactly proud of my occasional death by junk habit) but it’s a Ranch BBQ. This pizza is essentially the vegan equivalent. It’s the sauciest of the ones I tried, and that BBQ sauce rocks. You’re looking at a tomato + BBQ base, cheese, mushrooms, smoked tofu, seitan salami and more BBQ sauce.
Quattro Formaggi, £10.90
This one is 100% my favourite. I love it. It tastes like a four cheese pizza! We’ve got coconut cheese, soya cheese, cashew cheese and almond cheese. Having four different vegan cheeses on one pizza makes for a really interesting flavour, a great contrast in textures and just look at it – ain’t it pretty.
Out of the four pizzas I tried, this one came last in terms of how much I loved it. It doesn’t suck (at all) I’m just not as into the faux meats. The pepperoni here is seitan salami, it’s actually similar-ish in flavour (to the stuff you’d get on your standard pepperoni pizza, anyway) but a little softer in its consistency. Recommended if you’re a seitan convert – especially at such a reasonable price!
I’m so obsessed with this idea. Guacamole base, peppers, sweetcorn, onions, cherry tomatoes, nachos and cheese. Nachos on a pizza. Can you even? I can’t even. It doesn’t top the 4 cheese pizza off its top spot but damn, this pizza got style.
Chocolate Calzone, £6.90
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is the ultimate vegan dessert. It’s filled with chocolate spread, walnuts and pistachios and drizzled with some kind of preposterous chocolate sauce. I can hardly deal with it. It’s magical. That is all.
Peanut & Salted Caramel Boho Gelato, £8.50
Total porn. I’d actually never tried Boho Gelato before but heard good things about them from a fair few Brightonian vegans. They definitely live up to their reputation.
I was impressed. I mean that sincerely. So was everybody else in the house. We’re all 100% down with the vegan pizza vibe. What do you think? Which of these would you like to try most? Let me know in the comments…
You can find Purezza at 12 St. James St, Brighton, BN2 1RE
I bought a pizza and salad for this review and Purezza very kindly chucked in a ridiculously generous amount of extras to ensure I got the full vegan pizza blowout experience. Thanks so much, guys!!