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Rennetless pizza in NYC?

I'm craving a fantastic crust with bubbling, animal-rennet-less! cheese. I can only find "Viva Cafe" in NYC, and I couldn't get along well with their crusts.

Anyone know of any by the slice places or others that serve rennetless cheese? I've heard the founder of Una Pizza Napoletana is a vegetarian, but can't confirm on the cheese.

Help me satisfy this craving please!


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  1. Una Pizza Napoletana is DEFINITELY not rennetless - that is 100% delicious animal-filled cheesy awesomeness. A lot of people are veggies and still eat cheese--I was for several years. There are only a smattering of vegan restaurants in the city and few of them offer pizza--Viva is probably the only way to go. I think they do offer other crusts--you just have to buy a whole pie.

    1. Perhaps your best bet is to ask this question on the Kosher board as many of the participants are from NYC. Kosher pizza has no rennet as you cannot mix milk and meat.

      1. Try Slice on the Upper East Side-- never been, but I know they offer rice cheese, vegan cheese, soy cheese, etc.


        1. Am I the only one who reat the title of this thread as -

          "Relentless Pizza in NYC?"

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          1. re: Bob Martinez

            No, Bob. You are not the only one : )

            1. Thanks for helping me with my relentless quest for rennetless pizza...

              Slice looks great, fornaio! Thanks. and per erikka's post - I'll try a different crust at Viva next time.

              I will post to Kosher board as well, though one point of clarification, Kosher cheese is not necessarily free of animal products. As long as the animal slaughtered was done "Kosher"-ly (I apologize for my lack of vocabulary to convey this) and the animal rennet added by a Rabbi to the mix, it is still "Kosher".

              Thanks - and if anyone else has any recs, please feel free.

              1. The search eventually led me to start an organized list in NYC - see the progress of the search for rennet free cheese and rennet free pizza in nyc at the link below:



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                1. re: mattring

                  Thanks for the link! Because it's so hard to find pizza without rennet, I just buy the frozen pizza and make my own pizza. Kashi, Fresh Direct and Tombstone are my favorite brands. Fresh Direct and Whole Foods also has pizza dough that you can defrost and make your own pizza where you can buy your own rennetless cheese.

                  1. re: Abby12

                    I forgot about Mozzarelli’s Pizza found at Nussbaum & Wu at Broadway and 113th street and Mozzarelli’s actual location at 38 East 23rd Street (near Park.)

                    Nussbaum & Wu
                    2897 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                    38 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

                2. fwiw the amount of enzyme used is very very small, like a drop in a bucket.