Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Farewell Village Pizza (just kidding)

UPDATE! From several sources, I have heard Village Pizza is back in business. Yeah!

When I heard that the only place to get a vegan pizza in Atlanta (at least that I know of), Village Pizza, went out of business, I was kinda bummed. It was so nice to have a place actually have vegan cheeze and 3 vegan "meat" toppings including veggie pepperoni, veggie sausage and veggie ground round available. They had a great crust and pretty decent atmosphere. Unfortunately it was across town for us and in my opinion, a bit on the pricey side. A medium pizza, which could feed 2 comfortably, was around $20, after drinks and a tip, about $30. I guess that might be standard, but it always seemed a bit too expensive for pizza. Since they did offer vegan toppings, we tried our best to support them, knowing full well I could make a pretty awesome pizza at home, for a lower price that didn't require driving across town.
Like most towns, restaurants that offer vegan options are slim. Atlanta does have a good handful of places to eat but now we were minus a pizza place which meant I had to master pizza at home. I have always used my dad's pizza crust "recipe" (he doesn't measure) but decided to give Isa's pizza dough a try from Vegan with a Vengeance. MAN, is this a great crust. After mixing the wet and dry ingredients together, kneading by hand for 10 minutes, letting the dough rise twice for about an hour each time, I was able to stretch this dough thinner than usual. Isa's dough wasn't sticky and kept its shape fairly well with little effort.
I think the way to an amazing homemade pizza is a really hot oven (500 degrees or more) and an equally and pre-heated pizza stone. After the dough was stretched out, topped with tomato sauce, veggie pepperoni, FYH cheeze, fresh Roma tomatoes and dried oregano, it was baked for only about 8 minutes and broiled for another 2 minutes. It sucks that Village Pizza is out of business but I am happy to say I have made a pizza that hit the spot!
Before being baked:
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Right out of the oven:
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(I would have taken better pictures but I was too hungry!)

12 comments:

Romina said...

I hate it when vegan places close down. =( There's already so few of them! I have so much respect for people who go out and start up these places.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

My favorite vegan-friendly restaurant closed down, so I know how ya feel! I was soooo sad to hear it went under. That's one big reason why we need more vegans in this world-- so that vegan-friendly establishments will geneate more revenue and thus won't have to close down!

Jennifer said...

I'm saddened to hear that your vegan pizza place closed down! We are lacking in sufficient vegan eateries anyway!

Your pizza does look pretty darn tasty though. :-)

vegan addict said...

homemade pizza is better anyways! and yours looks really really really really good!

chow vegan said...

It's a bummer when a vegan restaurant shuts down. I've seen a few veggie places come and go around here and I always feel a bit guilty for not going there more often. But the restaurant business is really tough, vegan or not.

Awesome pizza by the way! :-)

corey said...

I have a friend that worked there and its coming back this month!!! Don't despair, your pizza will return.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I've now had vegan pizza at two places (that were actually vegan only places) and I must say I prefer homemade pizza much more. But too bad they closed, pizza is always nice when you don't feel like cooking!

Cookiemouse said...

That's a great pizza you did there. We do need more vegan friendly places, and it's always a pity when one closes down.

Leigh said...

Lookie! http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/omnivore/2008/04/03/village-pizza-reopens/

Best news I've heard all day :)

Leigh said...

Sorry, that link didn't seem to work. Let me try this again. Here.

Animal-Friendly said...

It's such a shame when a vegan-friendly restaurant is closed down :( Your pizza looks great though, probably because it's homemade!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Mmm mmm mmm! I made pizza last night on a sourdough crust with Teese, but this looks SO amazingly good!