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Dec 13, 2010 08:43 PM

I Once Had Good Vegan Pizza -- This Was Disgusting

I'm lactose-intolerant, but sometimes just want to join my family in eating pizza. Once, when traveling in the Central Valley, I went to a restaurant that used tofu cheese for pizza and it was amazingly good. I was surprised -- I've never been one to try the mock foods that are out there. But I did and it was great. So, the other night I decided to order the vegan pizza from Lanesplitter. It was truly awful. Blobs of pasty goo on top of flavorless toppings on top of flaccid crust. I know, I know, serves me right for reaching out into the world of Unintended Tofu Products. I'm writing here to warn anyone else out there away from this mess and to see if there really is such a thing as decent vegan pizza in the East Bay. Usually, I just go to Jupiter and order a pizza without cheese and with extra red sauce and it's pretty tasty -- or I get pasta instead. Anyone have any better experiences?

Lanesplitter Delivery & To Go
1051 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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  1. Amici's offers a vegan pizza called Asanté. I haven't tried it but if you do please report back

    Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
    216 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. I've had Lanesplitter vegan pizza...yeah what a mess. Ironically, the vegan calzone tastes okay...maybe because you don't see the goop.

      While not the best pizza, Extreme Pizza at least uses something that looks and tastes like cheese, unlike LS. I know because they use to order it at work and if it's sitting there free, you eat it.

      1. The Marinara pizza at Una Pizza Napoletana

        Una Pizza Napoletana
        200 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        1. re: scarmoza

          The Marinara was my favorite of the four we tried at UPN.

          1. re: scarmoza

            In the East Bay, Pizzaiolo serves a marinara pizza (I haven't had it, but can confidently recommend Pizzaiolo in general).

            5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

          2. I know you asked about a pizza place in the East Bay...Pizza Chicago in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and San Jose can substitute soy cheese for their Grande mozzarella. One time I ordered a specialty pizza with soy cheese there, and my buddies (who aren't lactose-intolerant like myself) couldn't tell the difference! It was that good.

            1. I often have pizza al vegan, which I prefer to do without any cheese, faux or veritable. Among the best providers is Petaluma's New Yorker Restaurant, on Petaluma Boulevard just south of the Mystic.

              New Yorker Pizza & Restaurant
              3 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952