If you’re looking for vegan pizza in London then take a pew and read on. A couple of years ago vegan pizza would have meant pizza sans cheese (aka a Marinara) but today it’s a different story. From your chains to your independents more and more restaurants are catering for vegans, including offering vegan cheese alternatives.
Last year Zizzi’s, Pizza Express and Pizza Hut introduced vegan cheese to their menu and this year Purezza opened up the first vegan pizzeria in London. However there are plenty of other pizzerias joining the plant based brigade – rightly so – and Pi Pizza in Battersea is one of those.
About Pi Pizza Battersea
Pi Pizza whose original restaurant is in beautiful Winchester has opened up a second branch in Battersea. Although they’re not a fully vegan pizzeria they do have a solid vegan menu with some innovative flavour combinations meaning that you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Pi artisan dough involves up to a 72-hour fermentation process, which gives the dough a light and lean base. It’s really easy to work with – which i know from making my own pizza – but it also tastes great too.
When you walk into the restaurant you’ll be in awe at the ceiling of flowers. It’s absolutely stunning and an Instagrammers paradise. Even when you walk through to the back of the restaurant you’ll find these plush yellow seats against a blue tiled wall with greenery adorned with fairy lights hanging above you. The interior design of this restaurant is beautiful.
Pi Pizza’s Pizza Making Masterclass
I was lucky enough to be invited to make my very own vegan pizza creation at Pi Pizza. I had’t made my own pizza since food tech class at school and that was well over 10 years ago!
I decided to go half and half with my vegan pizza. On one side I had a base of porcini cream topped with mushrooms and on the other I chose a base of tomato with an assortment of veggies and olives. I then sprinkled vegan cheese all over. It was so much fun making these pizzas and I even got the chance to put mine in the oven.
Making my own pizza was quite the experience, but I don’t think that I’ll be making a career change anytime soon. Especially as I burnt mine whilst trying to give it a little spin in the pizza oven before removing it…whoops. Thankfully it still tasted really good.
To drink Pi Pizza have a range of vegan wines. As a red wine drinker i went for this one from Montipagano. A glass. Not the whole bottle peeps.
Pi Pizza’s Vegan Desserts
On the menu you’ll also find a range of vegan desserts, which include:
- Chocolate mousse
- Prosecco, pear and raspberry jelly
- Black coconut sorbet
- Mango sorbet
- Raspberry sorbet
I tried the black coconut sorbet, which i wasn’t massively keen on in truth. It didn’t have much flavour, however the mousse that the others tried went down a treat.
Every time that i see a restaurant branching out and including a vegan menu a little smile tugs at my lips. Especially when they are creative and exotic with their flavour combinations and that’s exactly what Pi Pizza have done. Their pizzas aren’t traditional flavours, although they will cater for that if you wish. They are exciting and different.
But…i’ve saved the best bit until last. If you’re an indecisive wotsit like me then you’ll be pleased to know that their 20-inch pizzas (yes 20 – that’s huge!) are made to share and can be divided into half or thirds. Their 12-inch pizzas can be divided in two. So if you can’t decide which toppings you want to go for, it’s not a problem!
If you’re a pizzaholic like me then i’d recommend visiting Pi Pizza in Battersea or Winchester. You can view their vegan menu here.