Austin’s food scene is famous for catering to a wide array of dietary restrictions, meaning you can find versions of all types of food that fit your needs. Check out these recommendations for vegan twists on a classic pizza.
Story by Alex Alberty
Illustrations by Sabrina Lau
Lil Nonna’s is a food trailer located on the east side of Buzzmill Coffee known for their New York-style pizzas. They serve homemade vegan cheese and meat substitutes inspired by traditional pizza ingredients, for example their plant based ‘Beetaroni,’ Italian seitan sausage and smoky tempeh. Lil Nonna’s offers a wide range of recipes, from the classic Margherita with organic tomato sauce, fresh basil and vegan cheese to the ‘Meat Out’ piled with beet-based pepperoni, tempeh, and seitan sausage.. The truck is open for dinner from 5 pm to 12 am Tuesday-Sunday and offers a choice of regular pizza in addition to vegan as well as gluten-free crusts.
Austin’s Pizza goes above and beyond, offering the option of Follow Your Heart vegan cheese on all of their pies. With locations all over Austin, including on the Drag, and delivery services, delicious, vegan pizza is always just steps or a phone call away.
Vegan pizza comes in all shapes and forms, including traditional Detroit-style at Via 313, with a thick and crispy crust and lots of toppings! You can find Via 313 pizza in food trailers on Rainey St. or West Sixth St., or at their brick-and-mortar on Guadalupe. Dairy-free cheese is available on all their styles of pizza, making Via 313 the perfect spot to find gourmet, dairy-free pies.
Although Counter Culture isn’t only famous for its vegan pizza, it’s an excellent choice for dairy and meat free pizza options. Known for its innovative vegan fare, Counter Culture is open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their pizza, however, is a must try. You can find one option for a 10 inch pizza with rotating weekly specials, such as the Alfredo sauce pizza with spinach, broccoli and tempeh bacon currently on the menu. Always vegan and always delicious, try the pizza at Counter Culture for unique and always changing pizza options!