Eat this, vegans: Vegetarian Special at Vegan Pizza House

Vegetarian Special

The Vegetarian Special comes loaded with veggies and Daiya cheese. (Stephen Hui)

Although one of its pies is called the Gourmet Special, there’s nothing fancy about Vegan Pizza House (2119 Kingsway). Essentially, this East Vancouver joint is the animal-friendly equivalent of Panago(poulos). So it’s awesome.

Opened in May 2011, Vegan Pizza House is the city’s first vegan pizzeria. Like Yaletown’s Loving Hut Express (temporarily closed) and Burnaby’s Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House (8681 10th Avenue), it’s owned by practitioners of Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Quan Yin Method.

One of my favourite pizzas is the Vegetarian Special (mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, and olives). The All Dress (vegan ham, mushrooms, pineapple, and extra cheese) and the aforementioned Gourmet Special (vegan ham, chicken, shrimp, ground beef, olives, mushrooms, tofu, onions, pineapple, and green peppers) are great too.

The pizzeria uses Daiya dairy-free cheese. They’re generous with the toppings, and they can make gluten-free pies too. In addition to the standard tomato sauce, creamy garlic white sauce and pesto sauce are available.

Pizzas come in small (10 inches), medium (12 inches), and large (14 inches). For the Vegetarian Special, the prices for these sizes are $11.50, $14.50, and $16.50.

All Dress

The All Dress is a “Hawaiian” pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese. (Stephen Hui)

The menu also features baked lasagna, spaghetti with vegan meat sauce, garlic toast, salads, bubble tea, and—best of all—donairs. The donairs are filled with vegan chicken, beef, or both.

Vegan Pizza House is open Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Delivery within a 10-kilometre radius is available after 4 p.m. There’s a delivery charge of $2 for each five kilometres.

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