Underground Pizza makes our pie half dairy free, half not

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!

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to “The Dairy Free Traveler” blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!)

The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl’s tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros — (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.)

The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs.

Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at TripAdvisor.com. His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers — half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world.

Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to “Savoring Gotham” edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).

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