Naked Pizza

When is a pizza not a pizza? According to my friend Tyler, a pizza with no cheese, or a “naked pizza” as I like to call it, isn’t a pizza; its just toast with sauce, but because I’m vegan I always order my pizza naked. It’s still a pizza to me and it’s still a pizza to some of the wonderful employees over at Mississippi Pizza.

When I went there for lunch yesterday the last thing I expected to see was vegan pizza available by the slice. I almost fainted with joy. I can’t remember the last time I was able to get pizza by the slice. I can’t describe the elation I felt and the vegan choice was beautiful. Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, red onions and roasted pine nuts on a perfectly cooked thin crust. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Maybe I’m getting a little too excited about pizza, but I was raised on pizza, literally. Both my brother and I were born while my dad worked at Pietros Pizza Parlor on the McKenzie River in Eugene. Our lives revolved around pizza. In fact my brother’s first word was, “pizza”. We ate pizza three nights a week until I was in the fourth grade.

Some of my earliest memories are going to work with my dad early in the morning. I could run about unsupervised in the outdoor play area before the restaurant opened; goofing around on their giant carousel, pushing all the buttons to operate the weird animatronics displays plus all the helium balloons a kid could want.

Anyhow, I digress. All I’m trying to say is if you want some great pizza, naked or otherwise, you should try Mississippi Pizza.
If you’re looking for vegan pizza by the slice though call first, it isn’t always available. Of course you could always order a whole vegan pie. I’ll still call it pizza and it’s a little slice of Heaven.

Mississippi Pizza 3552 North Mississippi Ave Portland, Oregon (503) 288-3231

3 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 8:45 am

    other vegan by the slice: Hot Lips (every day), Bella Faccia (I think every day there too), Flying Pie (on se 82nd & stark… VEGAN MOZZ)(every day)

  2. Matt (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    Goddammit. I used to live right up the street from Mississippi Pizza and I never went in because I assumed they didn’t have vegan pizza, so I’d always just order from Pizza A-Go-Go (which I think is pretty good, but still, variety is nice).

    Is Flying Pie really vegan? I heard they use casein in their soy cheese.

  3. Jonpaul (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    Wow! Thanks for listing all the hot spots. I tried to get a vegan pizza at Hot Lips about 5 years ago and was told they put eggs in the crust? Maybe the guy that told me that just didn’t want to make a pie?

    I’ve herad Pizza A-Go-Go is pretty good. I’ll have to give it a try.
    Most of the soy-cheese I’ve seen does have casein. That’s why I order them naked. :-)

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