While exploring Manhattan’s Financial District in April and trying to decide whether we wanted to live there, we saw Underground Pizza, just a short two-block walk from where we would eventually put up stakes. And Therese was not long in hatching a plan for me – that I should order some cheese-free pizza at Underground, see how they do, maybe even bring them some of my vegan cheese and ask them to make a pie with it. All good ideas, which I moved to the back burner of my food brain.
Then today we were out in the crazy heat, and I mentioned I was feeling like pizza, and Therese once again mentioned her idea, but this time she adjusted it to the situation: how about getting a pizza, half with cheese, half without? That way she could have the dairy side of it, and I could put Daiya cheese on the dairy free side at home. It sounded like an excellent idea.
And I have to say, the folks at Underground didn’t seem fazed at the idea of making a pie half with no cheese. I guess they’ve had kooks like me in their pizzeria before. Of course I couldn’t have it totally vanilla, anyway. Adding mushrooms and sausage made the lack of cheese excusable, I have no doubt.
A sprinkle of some Daiya mozzarella shreds over a slice at home, 90 seconds under the broiler, and faster than you can say “heat wave relief” I had a yummy slice of dairy free pizza! Without having to heat up the apartment, which made it doubly awesome. It was so good, I had a second one. The other two slices are in the freezer for the next time I feel the urge for pizza. Thanks Therese for the awesome idea!