I love pizza so much. Portland has so many great options for vegan pizza! And the choices keep growing. Just a few years ago, we were (very) lucky if a pizza joint carried Daiya cheese or didn’t slather butter on their crust. Now there are options galore!
Daiya, Follow Your Heart, Violife or housemade cashew cheese….
Soy curls, pepperoni, vegan chicken, seitan, vegan sausage….
Oh great, now I’m getting hungry. 🙄 😂
Here are my top 8 favorite vegan pizza places of all time, in very flexible order:
1. East Glisan Pizza: In the number one spot because proximity to my house + superb housemade cashew cheese and vegan sausage. They have a few different vegan options but the one that I go back for every single time is the vegan sausage: tomato, house vegan fennel sausage, kale, red onion, cashew cheese. It’s the perfect blend of flavors on the chewiest crust and with some of their housemade chili oil… well. insert picture of me kissing my fingers like people do when they talk about really good italian pizza.
2. Rudy’s Pizza: OK. If it were closer it’d be the number one spot in my heart forever. Rudy’s Pizza has a vegan alternative to every single menu item you’d ever want to order. It’s damn pricey, but damn worth it. Some of my favorites include the chicken taco pizza, the vegan wings, the cheesy bread on gluten-free crust, and everything else. OH. except they have one pizza that comes with ‘italian sauce’ which i thought meant italian marinara, but really means italian dressing???? that was not a delightful discovery. other than that though–Rudy’s is the best, and the one that we keep returning to time and time again.
3. Blackbird Pizza: My favorite until I discovered Rudy’s. They have garlic knots they can make vegan and you can douse them in nutritional yeast and there are big ol’ cloves of garlic just nestled in there. The best date food (Eric might disagree). Their crust is chewy and tasty, the service is friendly, and the prices are reasonable. There are several vegan options, and the gluten-free crust is vegan too. And they have slices!
4. Sizzle Pie: The OG vegan pizza. I’m personally not a huge fan of thin crust pizza, or this would be up higher. The best pizza here? VEGAN ANGEL OF DOOM. Vegan “Mozzarella”, fresh Jalapeños, Pineapple, Shaved Almonds and fresh Cilantro. Why is this so good? I have no idea. But I should probably mention now that I’m #TeamPineapple.
5. Back to Eden: Anything the Back to Eden boys make is an incredibly delicious, hearty, filling, healthy and heavenly treat for your mouth, and the pizza I’ve tried is no exception. They make one that has nectarines and chickpeas on it? and it’s good? Don’t ask me how, but trust. I am a vegan pizza expert. (i mean, not really. enthusiast might be a better description.) Also, Back to Eden’s vegan pizza is gluten-free, like everything else they make.
6. Virtuous Pie: this is hit or miss for me. it was miss the first few times I ate here–none of the varieties jumped out at me, and the ones i tried were just… meh. especially for the price and the fast casual atmosphere. HOWEVER. their new-ish menu has several pizzas that sound good, and several pizzas that taste good too! I still think it’s pretty spendy for a fast-casual pizza joint, but I know that’s where restaurants are going, and I begrudgingly accept that. I guess. I know I am in the minority here; Virtuous Pie has been getting rave reviews across Portland. So obviously it is adored by lots of people. Maybe even you? And it’s all vegan, which is a huge plus.
7. Honorable Mention: Solstice Cafe in Hood River. Wood fired vegan pizza! Tofurky from the tofurky plant next door! chewy crust, Daiya cheese, lots of topping options. I always make it a point to stop in when I’m in town.
8. Honorable Mention: Pizza Deli in Cave Junction. It’s actually called Wild River Brewing + Pizza now, but it was called the Pizza Deli when I was growing up so that’s what it is called forevermore in my family. Y’all. This Pizza. Is. PERFECT. It is cut into diamonds, which is just the best way ever to cut a pizza (all sorts of yummy crunchy corner pizzas!) AND… they top the vegan pizza with alfalfa sprouts! Probably 20% of my love for this pizza is based on nostalgia, but it really holds up even now, all these years later. (I am #old.)
So–there’s my enthusiastic Portland vegan pizza review. There are a few other places I like but haven’t been to enough to add to my list–like Associated. (wood fired! whoa!) so take my list with a grain of semolina flour. If you want to try Rudy’s or meet me at East Glisan, I will be your garlic roll dawg anytime.
And now, scroll down for an exquisite photo essay of vegan pizza pics I have taken with my phone:
Ok. And here is a chart I made for you! As always, call first (or tbh, dm on instagram or facebook) to double check anything you are excited about. Menus change, etc.
Here is a link to a printable/downloadable pdf: —> 🍕🍕🍕 pizza chart 🍕🍕🍕