On Monday, Friand & I returned to our house to a daily annoyance: take out menus stuffed into the handles of the driveway gate. We gathered them, wadded them up for the recycle bin, then noticed a new face among the old familiar menus from a place called “Artizan Pizza Kitchen” literally right around the corner from us in Burbank.
Intrigued by a new pizza possibility, we read the menu from top to bottom. And what did my vegan eyes immediately spy? Daiya Vegan Mozzarella in green font! It’s actually much clearer on the printed take-out menu than it is online, but if you ask, Daiya will be substituted on any pizza for a dairy free option.
We made the instant decision to order pizza for dinner. We spent quite a bit of time picking out our pizzas, imagining how good the artisan crusts would be, dreaming of gooey cheese and… yeah, Artizan Pizza Kitchen is closed on Mondays. Somewhere between Donner Party levels of desperation and the spirit of the Olympics, we found the strength & courage to wait the extra 24 hours.
The most difficult part of the meal was the actual ordering process. We asked if it were possible to order the Goat Cheese Vegetable pizza with Daiya substituted for the cheeses, and the initial reaction by the person on the other end of the phone was “so you want a cheese pizza?” um…. ……. ……..?
Eventually things got cleared up, although I was not even 20% certain I was going to get a vegan pizza – best case scenario was goat cheese + Daiya. But, once the pizza was safely on our counter, it was clear that there was only Daiya cheese on it!
And was the pizza worth the extended wait? YES! Just on looks alone, this pizza was a super model. Chock full of eggplant, zucchini, red & yellow pepper, red onion and parsley, it is probably one of the best veggie pizzas I have ever had that wasn’t made in my own oven. It was delicious, and I managed to maintain my lady-like grace & dignity by eating
half all of the pizza.
Not long after finishing my dinner, I let out a little whimper that I was surprisingly still hungry. Never fear! Friand (to the rescue) reminded me that I had also ordered the Coconut Sorbet (see previous posts to understand my obsession with coconut sorbets & ice creams) and it was still waiting in the freezer. I busted that little guy out of the freezer faster than lightening! Delightfully unexpected, the sorbet was served in the left half of my new bikini. To top it off, there were little containers of shredded coconut to sprinkle on top.
At least, that’s what I thought. What you’re looking at in the photo is coconut sorbet topped with parmesan cheese. Yeah, can you see the points visibly melting off my IQ? And so, once again, Friand to the rescue! Taking one for the team, he scraped off as much cheese as he could. Then, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, he ate as much sorbet tainted with cheese as he could before giving it the vegan seal of approval.
Learn from my mistake minions: just because the white stuff is packed in the same bag as the sorbet, it doesn’t mean it goes ON the sorbet!
Confusion when ordering aside, this is a great pizza option for those of us living within the 4 mile delivery radius. If you’re outside that, you’ll have to pick it up yourself, but it’s soooooooo worth it!
And go like them on facebook while you’re at it! http://www.facebook.com/ArtizanPizza
(818) 508-8680 11672 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601