The London outpost of the UK’s first vegan pizzeria.
Are you vegan cheese curious? Step into Camden’s Purezza (Italian for ‘purity’). Its plant-based pizzas have terrific toppings, from smoked tofu to beetroot carpaccio.
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 mac ’n’ cheese, which produced the same mixture of satisfaction, guilt and sweats as the regular stuff.
By contrast, the Neapolitan-styled pizzas were relatively ‘light’, thanks to fluffy, bubbly, chewy sourdough bases (or a hemp version with a nutty earthiness). Toppings showcased creative veg combinations, with a few cheese-style and meatier leanings, but things never got too stodgy. Take the Parmigiana Party, topped with rich aubergine pieces and lightly smoked ‘mozzarella’ (made from fermented brown rice milk), a sprinkling of nutritional yeast adding a moreish, salty hit. The only negative was the tofu sausage, or rather the lack of it.
Sometimes though, you just have to say: ‘To hell with it, I’m getting the Oreo Pizza’. What appeared had four on top, plus something approaching Nutella and something else approaching mascarpone, but really, it all just blended into one sweet gooey mess. ‘Purity’, it seems, doesn’t have to exclude good old-fashioned gluttony.
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.|
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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!
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