One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tofurky Italian Sausage Fire-Roasted Veggie Pizza

I’ve been hearing the buzz about Tofurky’s new line of frozen pizzas made with Daiya cheese for about a month now so on my last trip to Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe I had to give it a try. After all, there was only one pizza left in the freezer so I considered it fate that our paths crossed. I consider myself quite the vegan pizza connoisseur. Not only do I enjoy making homemade pizza from scratch (minus all traces of vegan cheese, just sauce and toppings) but I have my choice of 4 local pizza parlors that serve up vegan pizza with all sorts of wonderful toppings not just your usual veggies but Italian sausage, pepperoni, the works! Even though I have all these options available to me I handed over my $10 to get a taste of this new pizza pie.

I have to be honest, I thought the pizza was good but not the best pizza I’ve ever had. But then again, I can say that for nearly every frozen pizza I had in my omni days as well. I don’t think frozen pizza is meant to rival fresh baked pizza right out the oven or your local pizzeria, just fulfill a need in a timely manner and Tofurky’s Italian Sausage and Fire-Roasted Veggie Pizza did this. In just 10 minutes I had a nice crisp pizza right out the oven and ready to enjoy. However, I don’t think I’ll be buying this pizza again and there are several reasons why. First being the cost. One pizza was nearly $10 and not much bigger than a personal size pizza. I can get a slice of Veggie Deluxe Pizza at Village Pizza Co. for about $4.50 that is just about as big as this pizza. Secondly, as I’ve already hinted to, the size, since I’m a single gal it was no biggie that the pizza was so small but for $10 I need to be able to feed myself and at least one other person and even with a salad and some homemade garlic bread it would be tough to fill two people up on this pizza, unless you had one really big salad or you’re just not that hungry. Third, and this is no fault of Tofurky, I have plenty of vegan options for pizza right here in Atlanta and even without these great options I would be happy to order a Papa John’s Pizza sans the cheese, loaded with veggies and delivered to my home piping hot for under $10. I guess you can see one theme showing up again and again in all my reasons. It’s the cost. I just can’t see spending $10 on a frozen pizza and frankly for $10 and such a small size I need to get the best pizza I ever ate, frozen or not, and this just wasn’t it.


  1. Yowza, $10 is really obnoxious. Thanks for taking one for the team and trying these.

  2. I found a pepperoni one on sale for $5.99 today. It's waiting in my freezer for a particularly lazy day ... I doubt it'll be a repeat purchase, though

  3. I'm with you. $10 is a ridiculous amount of money for an okay frozen pizza that only feeds 1 person. And, can I just say, I'm now really excited for our next Atlanta trip. 4 places that serve vegan pizza? I must know where these are!

  4. I've tried the veggie and pepperoni one and I like the pepperoni pizza better..not something I have much but it is a nice option when I'm lazy and don't want to order in.

  5. The crust is too thin and has no flavor. The daiya is nice of course, but is the only thing going for it. The toppings are ok, maybe a little over spiced if anything.

    It's a major disappointment. Better to just buy the Daiya and put it on whatever you want to eat instead.


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