Monday, December 11, 2017

Meatless Mondays: World Pizza

Classic tale of dragon meets wasabi meets vegetarian pizza place.

Interestingly enough, the name has nothing to do with its worldly location. Brothers Adam and Aaron opened shop in the I.D. two years ago, but they are anything but new to the Seattle pizza scene. Their original digs were in Belltown, pre-dress code era, and the name was decided upon long before they were even thinking about an alternate (completely vegetarian!) location.

Offering interesting toppings like wasabi-marinated pineapple, World Pizza has proven that glow in the dark pizza isn’t just possible, but people love it! The neon topping piques interest and pleases palates, plus it creates a nice tie to the neighborhood. Since they don’t have any specifically vegan pies on the menu, I asked the chef to surprise me with a few of her favorites. You can ask them to do the same for you, or create your own.

World Pizza Vegan Potato Pizza

World Pizza Vegan Potato Pizza

Pizza slice surprise #1

Potato, garlic, kalamata olives, red peppers, onion

If I may paraphrase, ‘we don’t sell anything we don’t like, and we don’t like fake cheese’. I can handle that. To be honest, I was a little curious how they would set themselves apart now that Daiya has infiltrated every pizza shop from here to… I think Ballard is about as far as I’ve gone. Their sweet sauce and crunchy herbed crust doesn’t need fake cheese – it’s a perfectly paired duo many years in the making, and fake cheese photographs terribly anyway so I am IN. The kalamata olives and potatoes simply belong together, salty and savory and hearty and yummy. This slice stole a pizza my heart, now let’s forget I ever said that and move on.

World Pizza Vegan Cherry Pepper and Pepperoni Pizza

World Pizza Vegan Cherry Pepper and Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza slice surprise #2

Artichoke, Field Roast pepperoni, sweet cherry peppers

If you haven’t tried Field Roast Mexican Chipotle sausage, you should apologize to yourself. It is delicious and you are depriving your taste buds of a very basic human need: food happiness. So get up, ride your environmentally-sound form of transportation over to World Pizza, and eat some meatless pepperonis! They pack some heat, so if you’re a spice baby like I am, I suggest some milder toppings to go with. I’m thinking peps and potatoes for my next visit.

World Pizza Vegan Pepperoni and Pineapple

World Pizza Vegan Pepperoni and Pineapple

Pizza slice surprise #3

Artichokes, Field Roast pepperoni, pineapple, onion

The new-world combo, pepperoni and pineapple. I know pineapple on pizza can be a polarizing topic, so thankfully this conversation is one way, because I thought the pizza was fantastic and I don’t care what your Italian grandmother has to say about it (don’t tell her I said that). Sweet stuff surely isn’t meant for every kind of pizza, but this kind does it justice. It’s what I would call thick-thin crust. Light and crispy, but thick enough to handle a hefty dose of sauce and toppings without even entering the realm of sogginess.

World Pizza is the cozy pizza hangout I didn’t think existed anymore. Guests leisurely enjoy their meals, employees hang out after their shifts end and the entryway has a big, beautiful orange couch I want to live on forever. One of my favorite parts of World Pizza culture is their pizza box art. Staff has free reign to draw all over the take-out boxes, and during the annual Dragon Fest, you guessed it, they draw dragons! Friends and regulars join in, and the masterpieces are hung above a giant “DRAGON” sign in the dining area. Last year everyone loved one 8-year-old’s drawing so much they made it into a t-shirt, for sale for $20. I’ll be wearing mine to Dragon Fest 2013 next weekend.

Worldly advice: During their busy hours, they will happily make a vegan pie and sell it by the slice. Just call ahead.

American advice: Use this cute red white and blueberry Field Roast recipe on the 4th to impress your friends with your patriotism. And cuteness. I know this has nothing to do with pizza, but the 4th is in three days. Just love your country and stop asking questions.

 World Pizza| 672 S. King Street, Seattle | 206.682.4161

About Josie Keeney

In 2008 Josie James Keeney became the first person to move from Colorado to Washington. She moved here on a whim for a copywriting job at an advertising agency called Wexley School for Girls and currently works at Starbucks as a Senior Copywriter on the Global Digital Marketing team. She eats… food. After spending half a decade going back and forth between veggie and vegan, eating way too many chemically enhanced, fake meat, soy and fried products - she now has a new perspective. It’s slightly less black and white, slightly cleaner and heavy on that warm happy feeling all food should give regardless of dietary denomination. She also plans on being on the cover of People magazine within one year of writing for Seattleite, just like her predecessor, Catherine Giudici.
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