Calling all vegans, veggies & pizza lovers!
Brighton Food Reviewer, Carissa Wyten, July 2016
Calling all vegans, vegetarians and Italian pizza lovers – Brighton welcomes a new addition to the Italian food scene; PUREZZA. As UK’s first plant-based pizza restaurant, Purezza (‘purity’ In Italian) offers an exciting array of vegan and vegetarian options to a beckoning audience. Formed by ex-marketer Tim Barclay and his partner Stefania Evangelisti in 2015, the duo left the chaotic London scene to launch their food dream in Brighton’s colourful Kemp Town.
Top Italian chefs and fresh ingredients
Purezza, with the aid of top Italian chefs and fresh ingredients, caters for those who are lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, health conscious, plus vegetarians and vegans alike. The menu boasts only plant-based cheeses on their pizzas, most often a soy based however you can find additions coconut, cashew and almond cheese.
Simple Decor with an Eco-Edge
A simple resto setting with an eco-edge, coupled with a fun faux ‘grass’ ceiling and sky themed floor – puts you instantly at ease in this quaint local pizzeria.
Jumped Straight In!
We forfeited the tempting marinated olives and Tuscan bruschetta starters and jumped straight into trialing the vegan pizzas (having smelt the all so familiar baked dough aroma from the pizza oven as we walked in). Feeling indecisive and greedy, we opted for 3 pizzas to share between the 2 of us (actually 1-2 would have sufficed but the menu options were far too enticing!)
We started with Purezza’s take on a ‘Hawaiian’: a pizza using Seitan ‘salami’ as a protein base mixed with pineapple and vegan cheese. The highlight was the cloud-like, fluffy organic dough base, and although perhaps not comparable to its controversial rival ham topping, it was still a satisfying choice.
The highlight was the cloud-like, fluffy organic dough base
Ideal for Sharing
Next we moved on to the adventurous ‘Nacho’ Pizza, a comical take on the Mexican favourite side dish. This pizza had an interesting guacamole base mixed with red peppers, sweetcorn, red onions and was topped with crispy nachos and vegan cheese. Perhaps not the healthiest of options but was a great novelty pizza and ideal for sharing.
Zucchini Flower Masterpiece!
However our personal favourite of the day, was Purezza’s ‘Zucchini flower’ masterpiece – debuting soon on their Special Pizza menu. A botanical looking pizza filled with a butternut squash base, cherry tomatoes and freshly torn basil. The striking zucchini flowers were strewn on top in bountiful fashion and added a very flavourful and unusual texture to the dish.
A Sweet Treat
Whilst we were tempted by the sounds of the ‘folded calzone dessert pizza’, a perfect blend of crushed hazelnut, walnuts and pistachios in a chocolaty goodness (on the wishlist for next visit), we instead opted for a quick vegan brownie to-go, washed down by a true Italian espresso.
clever new addition to Brighton’s food scene
Purezza is a clever new addition to Brighton’s food scene and somewhere that welcomes all culinary tastes and pizza lovers, whether vegan or not! We hope to see more Purezza pizzeria’s popping up in Sussex and neighbouring towns soon – as a refreshing change to the heavy pizza parlours we have so become accustomed to.