Following the popularity of Goodfella’s vegan pizza it seems we’ll be seeing similar products hitting the supermarket shelves over the next few months. I thought it would be good to list some of those already available for those craving a slice. I’m being brutally honest about the options because I don’t want people to waste their money on bad pizza. I don’t subscribe to the notion all pizza is good pizza!
Asda Create Your Own Pizza
Finally! Asda is leading the way by offering their own vegan mozzarella as an option on their pizza counters. As a disclaimer this isn’t available at all stores and, if you live in an area where it isn’t on offer, it might be worth logging a request at the Customer Service counter at the store. If they aren’t aware of demand they can’t accommodate!
Priced at £2.30 or £3.50 for the larger size, these are excellent value for money. This is great for families on a budget, especially when one pizza doesn’t always feed one person. It certainly doesn’t in our house.
For those worried about cross contamination, the staff in my local store used separate utensils and were thorough with hand washing. They prepared our pizzas away from the meat and dairy, too.
For those interested, the cheese used by Asda is made by Bute Island.
Pizza Express Vegan Giardiniera
Available at selected Waitrose stores at the moment, this pizza is £5.50. We feel for the amount of toppings and standard of the base it isn’t good value for money at full price although we bought it with a 1/3 off.
Worth looking out for special offers on this one. Particularly stingy with the vegan cheese!
Oumph Italian Style – Tesco
The best ‘off the shelf’ vegan pizza we’ve tried. Available at selected Tesco stores – you can find a link in our review post here – it is priced at £3.99. Definitely one to stick in the freezer for lazy suppers.
Kirsty’s Classic Margherita Pizza – Tesco
Found in the frozen section of Tesco, this is an accidentally vegan pizza. The Teen liked it but the gluten free base didn’t appeal to me. Generous with the dairy free cheese, however.
Tesco Free From Pizza
Great news for those who are vegan and gluten free now that Tesco have launched a new pizza as part of their Free From range. Available in the chilled section and at £3.50, we’re hearing mixed reports about how good it is.
Based on our own experiences I’d say avoid unless you’re gluten free. The base is disappointing and many have commented that the dairy free cheese looks like plastic. It melts reasonably well but isn’t that appealing in taste. The tomato sauce is also quite bland. I feel you could buy a pre-made base in the supermarket and top with vegan cheese of your preference instead.
Goodfella’s Falafel Pizza
Spotted in Sainsbury’s and now Asda, this frozen pizza is handy to have on standby. There seems to be some indecision within the community as to whether Goodfella’s needs dairy free cheese or fine as is. I personally find it on the dry side and liberally smear with mayo. Others have added their own grated cheese, while some like the harissa and hummus combination.
At just £2.50 it is reasonably priced – save for making your own, of course – so is popular with families and those on a tight budget not wanting to stump up a fiver for vegan pizza.
White Rabbit Vegan and Gluten Free Pizza
Another pizza available from Sainsbury’s, this time in the chilled aisle. At £5 it is pricey, but for those who are gluten free and vegan I’m sure to find a product like this in a mainstream setting is fantastic.
I personally find the base more like a cracker than a doughy crust, which is disappointing. The whole pizza is decidedly dry, even with the vegan toppings. I’m not gluten free so perhaps my own experience of pizzas is different to those who have dietary restrictions in this manner. If you want a decent pizza, this isn’t it.
One Planet Pizza
Not as readily available as others on this list, One Planet are available through independent stockists like Alternative Stores. You can read our review of these fantastic pizzas here. The first UK company to sell a frozen vegan pizza, we love the fact they’ve added flax and chia seeds to the base for added health benefits. At £4.75 they aren’t the cheapest, but for a special treat it is worth paying the extra for.
Wicked Kitchen, Tesco
Available in a variety of flavours (Caponata Sourdough Pizza, 280g, BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza, 300g) we thought at £4 they were expensive for the size. More of a personal pizza than one big enough to share, they were also scant on the toppings. While I’ve gotten used to cheeseless versions, there was a definite need for something else to make these pizzas wow. You can read more about the Wicked Kitchen range here.
No Dough Pizza Co
Another gluten free base, No Dough’s is made using cauliflower. It is a crispy crust and, once cooked, I can’t say the cruciferous vegetable is detectable taste-wise.
I think it just about beats the White Rabbit version as I quite like the cheese they use, but I think Goodfella’s or One Planet Pizza are much better options for those who can eat a ‘normal’ base.
Thanks for reading,