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Ten Great Denver Pizzas for Plant-Based Eaters

City, O' City is a love poem to Denver's vegan and vegetarian communities.
City, O' City is a love poem to Denver's vegan and vegetarian communities. Kristen Kuchar
Being a vegan doesn’t mean missing out on those classic foods that everyone loves. Pizza is often characterized by a thick layer of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni or sausage, but Colorado pizza spots are switching things up to appeal to a wider range of customers. These ten local pizzerias and restaurants are making delicious vegan pizzas.

click to enlarge This is how every Brooklyn Pizza starts. - FACEBOOK/BROOKLYN PIZZA
This is how every Brooklyn Pizza starts.
Brooklyn Pizza
890 South Monaco Parkway, Unit #7
303-355-5777
Not only can you get a variety of veg-friendly toppings on a pizza at this five-year-old pizzeria, but for a hearty option, you can get them rolled into a jumbo calzone. Meat alternatives include meatless meatballs, veggie pepperoni and a faux Italian sausage (all listed as premium ingredients). Brooklyn uses dairy-free Daiya cheese for a stretchy dairy-free option, and vegetables include sliced tomatoes, banana peppers, black olives, fresh garlic, mushrooms and more.

click to enlarge City, O' City is one of Denver's favorite meat-free eateries. - WESTWORD
City, O' City is one of Denver's favorite meat-free eateries.
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City, O’ City
206 East 13th Avenue
303-831-6443

City, O’ City is a staple in the vegetarian and vegan community for a reason: a huge, exciting menu filled with plant-based food in a fun atmosphere. All pizzas on the menu can be made vegan (and gluten-free, too). Choose from Daiya cheese, a house made creamy cashew cheese or a mixture of both. Red sauce, seitan sausage, a flavorful tempeh bacon, poblano peppers, tomatoes, red onion, arugula, spinach, basil and mushrooms are just a few of the topping options to load on the crispy, airy crust.

click to enlarge Vegans have a good reason to hit Hops & Pie — other than the great beer list, that is. - WESTWORD
Vegans have a good reason to hit Hops & Pie — other than the great beer list, that is.
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Hops & Pie
3920 Tennyson Street
303-477-7000

Fortunately, vegans don’t need to miss out on all the pizza goodness — or great beers — at Hops & Pie. Meat is swapped out with a robust housemade, meat-free Sicilian sausage with a kick or house-smoked tofu. Daiya cheese is available to top things off alongside a slew of vegetable options. While you’ll find green bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, Kalamata olives and other traditional pizza toppings, there are also plenty of offbeat choices to jazz things up. Caramelized onions, broccoli, roasted garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes and jalapeños make up the eclectic selections.


click to enlarge Marquis is the perfect stop for a pre-show vegan pizza. - KRISTEN KUCHAR
Marquis is the perfect stop for a pre-show vegan pizza.
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Marquis Pizza
2009 Larimer Street
303-292-2829

Marquis Pizza, which has been making vegan pizzas for nine years next to the concert venue of the same name, stepped up its game three years ago, according to manager Ben Pitts. What changed? For starters, the kitchen now whips up a vegan white sauce out of silken tofu along with housemade buffalo seitan. The Tofugazi is the pizzeria's most popular specialty pie and flagship vegan pizza. The now-famous white sauce is accompanied by spinach, Daiya mozzarella, buffalo seitan and green peppers. The Marquis also offers vegan versions of garlic knots, cheese bread and an apple pie dessert pizza.

Mellow Mushroom
1201 16th Street, Suite 108
720-328-9114

Mellow Mushroom serves both a classic crust and a thinner crust on which to build your pie. For toppings, the tofu and tempeh are cooked in jerk, teriyaki or barbecue sauce. Vegan cheese and a plethora of veggies (portobello mushrooms, banana peppers, avocado, green olives and roasted tomatoes are among the ingredients) round out the choices. Try a Greek-inspired pizza with fresh cucumber, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and Roma tomatoes.

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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering craft beer, food and travel. For Westword, she explores vegan dining and the state's artisan beverages, such as cider and mead.