Thursday, January 21, 2010
Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time: Pizza Fusion
One time, I took my boyfriend to Dandelion Communitea. It's a vegan restaurant in Orlando. My boyfriend is Latin American. He eats vegans for breakfast. After dinner, a salad and a cup of vegan chili, we went to Wendy's for a Baconator. Vegan restaurants don't get a second date with us.
When our friend and favorite vegan Marissa asked me to accompany her to Pizza Fusion on Sand Lake Road this past week, Cliff was glad it wasn't him. He was sure it was going to be run over with hipsters, it would smell like hemp and dredlocks, and he'd leave hungry, making a beeline for the McDonald's next door for a quarter-pounder.
When we got to the restaurant, I was impressed with the menu. Every ingredient is organic, they offer whole wheat crusts and organic wines. It's not a vegan restaurant, but the BBQ chicken pizza has cage-free bird on top and organic pepperoni (similar to the halal pepperoni our Muslim friends bring from the halal Hungry Howie's).
The Tuesday happy hour special is a killer - buy a large pizza (pictured with our favorite vegan, Marissa) and get two complimentary glasses of organic/sustainable wine or beer. We ordered the Very Vegan pizza (no surprise) on white crust. Bubbly and delicious, covered in veggie cheese, organic tomato sauce, cremini mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. Filling and fresh. Accompanied by sustainable Zinfandel (yes, Jo the Server, I'm aware that it's a red wine), it's a great choice.
I asked the server if the napkins were ethnically-sourced. She didn't get it. More proof that hipsters have no sense of humor.
Pizza Fusion: Great pizza and good intentions. Cons: Slow service, inability to take a joke. Grade: A-.