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The best thing about pizza in Toronto is that it can be anything it wants. Deep dish, thin crust, wood-fired, or deep fried — no matter how the dough is tossed, we line up for a slice.
And, although the cheese-laden, meat-lover’s options are plentiful, it’s harder to find a vegan pie that really makes our mouth water. That is, until now.
The much anticipated vegan pizzeria, Virtuous Pie, is now open at College and Clinton. Originating in Vancouver, this is THE place to go for a slice of plant-based perfection. Oh, and did mention it’s also an ice cream shop?
As you enter the sparkling white Little Italy eatery, you’ll be faced with a menu full of small plates for sharing, individual-sized pies (they offer gluten-free crust!), and seasonal scoops you can get in a cup, cone, or cookie sandwich-style.
Start with Parmesan-crusted Garlic Knots and some crispy Roast Harissa Cauliflower. Then you’ll want to try the Harvest, a white pizza topped with roasted acorn squash, wild mushrooms, nut-based goat cheese, maple syrup, and herbs. Make sure you come here with a friend and get them to order the Chorizo and Artichoke ‘za loaded with spicy “chorizo”, cashew mozzarella, roasted artichokes and fennel, hot honey, and lemon-almond ricotta because you’ll want a slice of that, too.
If you happen to have room for dessert, grab a scoop of coffee and donut flavoured ice cream, or sandwich it between two cookies or doughnuts. No worries if you’re full, though, Virtuous Pie has all of their ice cream flavours packed in pints and ready to go, so you can enjoy these treats later once the food coma wears off.
What differentiates this vegan pizza joint from any other? Almost everything served is crafted in-house, including the nut cheeses, creamy ice cream, and the infamous three-day, fermented dough. And anything that isn’t handcrafted by Virtuous Pie is likely made by local businesses and sourced from nearby farmers.
You can sip on a glass of wine or cider from Niagara’s Creekside Estate, grab a beer from Side Launch Brewing Co., or enjoy a glass of kombucha from Greenhouse Juice while you contemplate the shop’s custom-made sculpture created by a Toronto-based artist. And don’t forget to pick up an organic, vegan treat from Glory Hole Doughnuts for your walk home.
With all of these dishes comes a lot of food waste, and Virtuous Pie doesn’t shy away from acknowledging it happens. That’s why the restaurant donates usable food waste to Second Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in Canada that is on a mission to provide access to healthy food for everyone.
If all of this isn’t reason enough to get you to visit Virtuous Pie, well, we can give you more. Stop by Monday through Saturday for killer “virtuous” hour deals, like two bucks off all pies and $6 ice cream flights.
Can’t make it for happy hour,? Head over on the weekend for the newly launched brunch menu. You’ll find a delicious menu packed with 100% vegan breakfast pizzas, skillets, bowls, and sandwiches. But it doesn’t matter if you pop in on a Tuesday, on a Sunday, or somewhere in between — a trip to Virtuous Pie will be the best decision you make all week.
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