What I find most interesting is that this pizzeria was founded by a former chef of the now defunct Horizons, Mark Mebus, along with his partner, Ryan Moylan. HipCityVeg was also founded by a former employee of Horizons. It seems like Rich Landau, owner of Vedge and former owner of Horizons, is mentoring all of these individuals and encouraging them to spread the wealth of vegan restaurants and if that is what is happening, it makes me very happy.
We mosied on into the pizzeria around noon on a Sunday. It was fairly busy. The menu consisted of specialty pizzas, sandwiches and wraps, salads, and sides. Since it is a pizzeria, I felt obligated to try the pizza. Plus, I'd been thinking about pizza all morning so by noon, I was ready for it. The question was whether we should order an entire pizza or just order by the slice. If ordering by the slice, I only had three options, but if ordering a whole pizza, we could order anything. Ultimately, I decided to order a slice of the Haymaker.
I grabbed a Juniper Berry natural soda and took a seat at a table by the door. They heated up my pizza slice in the oven and brought it out fairly quickly. Oh, this pizza was so good. The crust was quite thin and it was crispy in just the right places while maintaining softness in just the right places. It was topped with Upton's Naturals seitan sausage, thinly sliced red onions, garlic butter, red sauce, fresh oregano, and Daiya cheese. Mmmm.
Zach ordered a seitan cheesesteak that came out about 15 minutes later. It was loaded with grilled onions and peppers along with crimini and white mushrooms and Daiya cheese. The bread and filling were good, but not great and, in fact, we had trouble tasting the housemade seitan. I wasn't 100% convinced any seitan was in the sub. If it was, it was sliced so thin that it resembled the mushrooms, but either way, I really didn't taste it. Had this been the only cheesesteak we'd had in Philly, we might have been okay with it, but after indulging in the cheesesteak at HipCityVeg the day before, this one did not compare.
No matter what though, the fact that there is an all-vegan pizzeria in Philly absolutely rocks. We may not have loved the cheesesteak, but we did love the pizza and we'd gladly go back for more. The slice was only $3.75 and was easily the size of two slices while the sub was only $8. I think this is great place to go for a good, reasonably priced lunch. Oh, and they serve Vegan Treats delicious desserts as well!
Note: my camera broke and I had to use my iPhone to take these pictures, which is why they don't look very good. :(
507 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147