Purezza

Restaurants, Vegan Camden Town
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(5user reviews)

The London outpost of the UK’s first vegan pizzeria.

Are you vegan-cheese-curious? Step into Camden’s Purezza (Italian for ‘purity’). Their animal-free pizzas come with exceptional stuff on top, from smoked tofu to beetroot carpaccio. Inside, it’s a modern, relaxed space with a definite buzz; ditching meat and dairy doesn’t seem to have deterred punters. And no wonder. The dough balls, for example, were sinful little spheres oozing Purezza’s convincing substitute – and then there was the impressive, sizeable mac ’n’ cheese. If you’re wondering, eating a lot of vegan mac ’n’ cheese produces the same mixture of satisfaction, guilt and sweats as the regular stuff.

After a dangerously filling dough and ‘cheese’ party, the Neapolitan-styled pizzas proved mercifully ‘light’ (relatively speaking), thanks to fluffy, bubbly, satisfyingly chewy sourdough bases – plus a hemp version that added an appealing nutty earthiness. Toppings showcased creative veg combinations, with a few cheese-style/meatier leanings, but things never get too junky or stodgy.

A Parmigiana Party retained a pleasing smokiness thanks to rich aubergine pieces and lightly smoked ‘mozzarella’ (made from fermented brown rice milk), with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast adding a moreish, salty hit. The only negative was the sparse smattering of tofu sausage, which should have been more generous.

Sometimes in life, though, you have to just say: ‘Fuck it, I’m ordering the Oreo Pizza’. The resulting ‘dessert’ was topped with four of the bastards, something approaching Nutella and something else approaching mascarpone, but really, it all just blended into one blisteringly sweet gooey mess. It was exactly as over-the-top as it should have been. ‘Purity’, it seems, doesn’t have to exclude good ol’ fashioned gluttony.

By: Tristan Parker

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Venue name: Purezza
Address: 43 Parkway
London
NW1 7PN
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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Tastemaker

Just delicious! I got the Fumosa and subbed the aubergine for the beetroot carpaccio which the server was glad to do at no extra cost. The pie is a decent size for £10.95 and arrived loaded with toppings and drizzled with with a sweet BBQ sauce. It was also “cheezy”, making every bite full of smoked, rich flavour. I got the hemp sourdough base and was quite pleased with the chewy dough texture (and this is a snobby New Yorker here). The pizza even stood up well reheated from frozen the next few days. Would gladly return if in the area!

tastemaker

If you are vegan or not you'll love this place.  There is so many vegan pizzas only to be had you will be blown away by the choice.  You can also choose your own dough base be it sourdough, hemp or gluten free. 


I went along and had for starters Courgetti Spaghetti which is courgettes sliced into spirals served with pesto and sun dried tomatoes.  The courgette spirals were even longer than a normal spaghetti stand so when it came to twisting on my fork it went on forever.  The whole taste did not disappoint either as it was very fresh and the pesto was really creamy, which surprised me as there is no cheese used to make the pesto.  In fact I don’t think I would be able to tell the difference from a normal cheesed based one to this vegan style one, that is how great it was.


For mains I chose Cheesus which came with four different vegan cheeses served on a tomato base. The ricotta was the best part about this pizza as there was large dollops of it everywhere and it really did taste like ricotta which is remarkable considering this vegan ricotta is made from nuts. However I was not that keen on the yellow vegan cheese as it was too sticky for my liking and very strong in flavour.  The sourdough though was perfect, light, thin, crispy, and had a fluffy crispy outer ring giving it that perfect crust finish.  Even though I did not like the yellow cheese on this pizza I would order this again.


For dessert I ordered the Chocolate Brownie which was sweet, sticky and had a great intense flavour of chocolate making it probably one of the best brownies I have had. 


I would totally visit this chic modern restaurant again as the food was top notch and very fresh.


Next level pizzas. I'm not even vegan and the creativity and flavours on show here are seriously something else. Believe the hype - this is outstanding.


I've been vegetarian for several years but today, Purezza convinced me to give up dairy. HIGHLY IMPRESSED. The pesto is out of this world and the cheese they make tastes like normal mozzarella. The base of the pizza is outstanding, very light. I enjoyed the milkshakes. The vibe of the restaurant is great and staff are very welcoming. Will come back again soon!