When we lived in upstate New York, there was a late night TV commercial that flashed a gorgeous pizza on the screen while a deep and melodious voice asked, "Are you hungry right now? Just pick up the phone and dial. Your pizza will be delivered fast, hot and delicious."
"Hell Yeah," was usually our response, followed by a lament that it was just an ad, and the real pizza probably sucked. We never ordered. One night though, the 'hell yeah' was followed by a "let's do it just this once." When it arrived, of course we were sorely disappointed because ... it sucked. And it wasn't even fast or hot. Bummer.
Every so often these days we get an urge to order a pizza. Hard as it may be to believe, we can order a gluten-free vegan pizza and it WILL arrive hot and delicious. No kidding. Last night, in honor of National Vegan Pizza Day, we ordered the garden special from Razzi's Italian Restaurant — roasted eggplant, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, fresh garlic, and Daiya mozzarella with homemade organic pizza sauce. Sometimes the crust seems so good I find myself questioning whether it's really GF, but I never get stomach pains after I eat it so I guess it really is an especially well-done GF version.
Razzi's is like a 'normal' neighborhood Italian restaurant except they have four different menus — traditional, gluten-free, vegan, and gluten-free vegan. Even more unusual, the offerings on each menu are virtually the same. If you want calzones you can get them on any of the menus. Gyros, grinders, hummus and pita? They're all there. They even have something called "sorta-sausage" on the vegan/GF menu. And they deliver — in case we're too tired or lazy to drive to the restaurant.
Not that I want to make you jealous, but we also have a very well-regarded vegan-owned, all-vegan pizzaria in Seattle called Pizza Pi. We don't eat pizza very often, but when we're in the mood for it, and don't feel like cooking, it's nice to know we have so many choices. Do you have restaurants like these in your city?