So here’s the second “buy” option for vegan pizza in St. Louis. Unless you’ve been living in a hole for a while, it’s pretty likely that you’re familiar with Pi if you live in the area. It’s a very hip and tasty pizza joint that first opened up shop in STL a few years ago in the Loop (my hood!) and quickly rose to prominence due to a certain pre-election POTUS showing it some serious love when he passed through town.
These days you can get yourself a slice of Pi (see what I did there?) at five different locations around the St. Louis area, including a mobile Pi truck. There will also be a DC location opening up shop any day now to better serve their biggest fan (I’m sure that’s not the only reason, but I’d like to think so!).
Back to the issue at hand though, in addition to their traditional Chicago-style, Pi also happens to serve up a pretty decent vegan pizza! The thin crust here is naturally vegan, as is their tomato sauce. Of course, garlic olive oil is also a vegan sauce option, if that’s how you do.
As any respectable vegan pizza should, the vegan pizzas at Pi feature Daiya cheese. They’ve got a wide variety of delicious veggie toppings to choose from as well, but unlike the other two “eat-out” options for vegan pizza in St. Louis, Pi also offers up Match meat substitutes for their vegan patrons. So thoughtful!
If memory serves, the pizza pictured featured Match sausage, red onions and mushrooms. I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m not a huge fan of thin crust, and this is definitely the crunchiest of the three options, but it is still darn tasty. My husband actually gives Pi top billing for vegan pizza in St. Louis. If you’re down with thin crust, you might agree.
Downsides at Pi include a fairly rigid policy on halfsies, in that they don’t allow them, period. If you and your companion(s) are vegan, that works out ok. If you’re the only vegan at the table though, not so much. Pi is definitely not the cheapest place in town, so having to order two whole separate pizzas for two people gets pricey pretty quick. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from taking home leftovers though, and thankfully, this reheats well.
Finally, in what must be a new addition to the menu since I was there last, Pi also offers a vegan dessert option! Vegans can now follow up their pizza with 2 chocolate chip sandwich cookies. Very cool. If you stop in for a vegan slice before I visit again, sink your teeth into one of these and report back!