• cruzer pizza is officially all vegan!

    December 15th, 2009quarrygirlcruzer pizza, LA restaurants
    vegan calzone with daiya cheese, tomatoes, and basil

    vegan calzone with daiya cheese, tomatoes, and basil

    we told you a few days ago that cruzer pizza in los feliz would be making the leap to become a 100% vegan pizzeria, and as of yesterday they have officially stopped selling animal products! i stopped by on cruzer’s first night of being an animal-free establishment and they even let me test some products and start designing my very own “quarrygirl pizza” to appear on their january menu!

    although they don’t offer it now, cruzer was experimenting with some italian field roast sausage in the kitchen last night. this is one of my favorite fake meats ever, so i had to use it as a topping on the quarrygirl pizza.

    field roast sausage

    other toppings included two types of marinated mushrooms…

    mushrooms at cruzer pizza

    daiya cheese, garlic, and plenty of olive oil…

    cruzer quarrygirl pizza

    i even got to put this in the oven myself and see it through the whole process!

    pizza going in the oven

    the pizza came out absolutely wonderful. it was very rich and greasy, with a heavy mushroom taste and crispy crumbled sausage. there was no tomato sauce on it, but rather an oil base. by the time this actually ends up on cruzer’s menu, the sauce and flavors will be more sophisticated….but hey, it was great for a first try!

    quarrygirl pizza (coming soon!) white sauce, mushrooms, field roast sausage, garlic, and daiya cheese.

    quarrygirl pizza (coming soon!) white sauce, mushrooms, field roast sausage, garlic, and daiya cheese.

    while i was at cruzer, i also got to make a gluten-free pizza and test that out. i must admit, it was pretty damn good! the g-f pizzas are smaller and the crust is much crispier, but i quite enjoyed it.

    gluten-free pizza at cruzer

    it was great hanging out at cruzer on their first night as a vegan pizzeria, and hearing all the orders come in. there were even a few people that called up for meat pizzas, and ended up trying out the vegan ones instead! so awesome. although cruzer is using daiya, gardein, and yves products right now, they are looking to expand and carry a variety of vegan cheeses as well as other mock meats. stay tuned, because i have a feeling that their menu is going to get really fucking interesting. until then, go support cruzer anyway. hooray for LA’s first and only vegan pizza place!

    this is where the meat products used to be at cruzer....all gone!

    this is where the meat products used to be at cruzer....all gone!

    oh and BTW, now you can follow cruzer on twitter!

    cruzer pizza
    4449 Prospect Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    (323) 666-0600
    Sun-Thu. 4pm-10pm
    Fri-Sat. 4pm-11pm

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24 responses to “cruzer pizza is officially all vegan!” RSS icon

  • Very strong!

  • This is such awesome news, as this is my preferred local pizzeria. Any idea if they’re going to lower their prices at all?

  • This is GREAT news. I think this much be the only 100% pure vegan pizza restaurant in CA? I know Pizza Pi in Seattle is vegan, but the pizzas are just not that great. If Cruzer can deliver (in both senses of the word) some tasty vegan pizzas, I think they will have a hit on their hands.

    For me, I’m going to divert every cent of my not insubstantial monthly pizza allowance 100% to Cruzer. No more Z-Pizza or Wholefoods for me. I’ll probably still go to Purgatory as you can eat in there and take your own booze, but that’ll be the exception rather than the rule.

    So awesome!

  • What a fun experience to create your namesake pizza and bake one yourself! I’ll look forward to giving Cruzer another try soon.

  • that calzone looks amazing

  • dear cruzers.. invest in a brick oven. fuck the conveyor belt.

  • No hot sauce?!?!!

  • i’m surprised the QG pie isnt soaked in beer

  • I love the owner! He is super nice and when I went there last time with all my friends, he said his daughter was Vegan, and he always wanted to move his business that way.

  • Your famous! 🙂

  • I really want to eat there!! After PETA reported on Twitter that Cruzer Pizza and Pasta went all vegan, my pizza hungry will finally be pleased with these vegan pizzas, I can’t wait to eat there!!

  • Haha, that’s so funny. You’re immortalized in pizza now. I went there the first day they had Daiya cheese and got a calzone and a Margherita and ate about half in my car.

    I think Daiya roughly has the taste and texture of process (American) cheese. I’d love to have a vegan cheese with a richer aged, bacteria flavor. Maybe some day.

  • I love the calzone and hawaiian pizza. need to try the lasagna next.

    thanks Cruzers. I am glad we have non Thai food vegan places popping up still.

  • So nice to see that Cruzer is generous with the marinara on pies that call for it. Why is it that when you order a cheeseless pie, most places assume you want some dough with a drizzle of sauce & five veggies. Hooray for Cruzer.

  • A vegan pizzeria is LA is so very cool! When does SF get one?!

  • Quarrygirl u did it!! WOW! LA has an all vegan pizza place like that!! Let’s show them love!
    Btw, Nick, I agree w/you! Daiya reminds me of Kraft singles. What do u think about Teese?

  • We went there last night. I ordered the bbq chicken pizza and hubs had a calzone. We loved our food. Wish we could have eaten there though. We ate in the car.

    PS, they made a mistake on a XL veggie pizza and ended up giving it to us. It had jalapenos on it and I thought of you =D

  • That’s wonderful news! I hope they’re successful and can add some more locations closer to the West Side.

  • Great!!! I am impressed!!!

  • I tried the GF crust and it was so hard and brittle it cut my mouth. Seriously. My gums still hurt. It is also A LOT smaller than the regular pizzas and costs more. The toppings were great. I don’t see why they can’t make a larger, more edible crust – Whole Foods sells a rice one that is regular size, and you’d never know the difference.

  • This is soo awesome……..im in Las Vegas, does anyone know of a vegan pizzeria here? THX

  • On April 13, 2011, Cruzer Pizza and Pasta Los Angeles wrote:

    “New Owner and New HOURS!! Cruzer opens at 11 AM!!! Come in and try the new cheezy potato wedges!! YUMMY!!”


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