Hiroshima was a very strange place to visit. It’s uncomfortable to be a tourist in a city that was completely destroyed in the worst way imaginable. It’s hard to segue from talking about that history to fun ruminations about food, so for that reason I’m not going to dwell on what we did in Hiroshima or how we felt, I’m just going to stick to the food.
I didn’t find it the best place for vegan options, but it’s fun that we managed to try three different cuisines in the three eateries we visited: Indian, Japanese, and Italian. This pizzeria far exceeded my expectations of a Japanese pizzeria! It served all Italian food and had friendly service, though they do have a sign warning: “We don’t speak English but we have an English menu” – sure enough, it was very popular with tourists (they were turning people away, so get there early), and we all got by with the language differences.
The menu has a separate page with vegetarian options, including two pizzas with no cheese which are the vegan options. I was infuriated that all the reviews on Happy Cow referred to it as serving “vegan pizza” without bothering to mention that there’s not even any cheese. So, let the record state: you won’t be getting cheese on your pizza here!
Fortunately, it was a good pizza nevertheless. I ordered the #2, which featured tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, basil, olives, and capers. Those are all very good flavours, so it was actually one of the tastiest pizzas I’ve had in a while. Still a shame about the lack of cheese though…
And the dessert menu even listed two gelato flavours that didn’t contain egg or dairy. We decided not to indulge, out of fear that they would actually be sorbets and we’d be wasting our money…
Cheese-less pizza: yay or nay?
I can be fussy with vegan cheese so sometimes going without is better!
That’s a good point. I remember two summers ago in Italy I was promised a pizza with tofu cheese, and it turned out to be just an unseasoned block of tofu crumbled on top!
I would want to know in advance about the no-cheese business, too, but there have been some amazing cheeseless pizzas I’ve eaten, so I would be able to deal with it. Have you ever heard of farmer’s pizza? It’s essentially just crust with well-seasoned chopped tomatoes and herbs, and it’s heavenly if done right.
I’ve never heard of that, but it does sound good! And yeah, this one was also very flavoursome, which went some way towards making up for the lack of cheese.
I guess I am so use to cheeseless pizza because 1) I was vegan before the vegan cheese was widespread in pizzarias and 2) a “tomato pie” is a common thing in South Jersey so I like it a lot. But I can totally see your argument!
Haha, I think I’m a spoiled new vegan, I’ve always had at least one local spot serving vegan cheese on pizzas!