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Purezza Brighton – Vegan Pizzeria

Purezza Brighton – where a local legend was born

Purezza Brighton opened in 2015 on St James’ Street. Its humble beginning was that of a pizzeria with a big dream, to be the UK’s first entirely plant-based pizzeria. A few years later, that humble pizzeria has grown into a thriving national restaurant group and vegan cheese producer with awards stacked on trophies.

Purezza exterior, green venue with with sign, wooden chairs and tables with green covers

For locals who have known and loved Purezza from the start this success story is something to be proud of. We’re not always privy to the fact that we’ve been at the start of history in the making. And the Kemptown restaurant remains a popular spot for many Brighton residents as well as tourists (or vegans on pilgrimage), eager to see where it all began.

chef adding pizza into brick pizza oven

Welcome to Purezza Brighton

As a small, cosy venue, the Kemptown restaurant retains something of Purezza’s simple beginnings. The wood-fired oven and open kitchen instantly tell you that you’re getting freshly prepared pizza with that chewy and charred base. 

dark hair and dark beard chef. making pizza

The decor is reflective of their green credentials, everything is recycled or upcycled. It feels loved and woven into the fabric of the local community. Because it is. 

wooden diner seating at the Purezza

Something cheesy at Purezza Brighton

Legend has it that the founders of Purezza, Tim Barclay, Stefania Evangelisti and Filippo Rosato, worked for years on end in developing their perfect mozzarella replacement. They were determined to create a new level of vegan cheese and only this would top their pizzas. Each cheese withered rather than melted before their high expectation until one day a Eureka/ George’s Marvellous Medicine moment struck and an everyday household ingredient became the secret star of their now renowned, melty, mozzarellary vegan cheese.  

vegan cheese pizza

The menu

The menu at Purezza updates regularly with creative and innovative pizzas and seasonal specials (leftover Christmas dinner calzone anyone?). The names of each pizza read a bit like a Friends episode title, ‘The one with the pesto’, ‘The one with all the seasons’, but that feels okay because they are memorable and you do want to revisit them.  

two open boxes of pizzas with the beer can next to it

A margarita pizza is always the litmus paper test of any pizzeria, its simplicity means there’s no place to hide for shoddy work. And a vegan margarita is a proud staple on the Purezza menu. Here, the ‘secret ingredient’ vegan mozzarella easily holds its own against any cow milk version.

pizza in the indoor pizza oven

You’ll find a range of meat alternatives on the menu such as a meatball marinara and classic ‘pepperoni’, all made 100% animal-free. If faking it isn’t your style there are plenty of pizza options that just celebrate plants in all their delicious variety.

pepperoni pizza

Drinks-wise, there’s a long list of cocktails, from crowd pleasers (Aperol spritz, espresso martini) and creative concoctions (tonka bonka, tiramisu martini, lychees are forever). A good selection of beers and wines (where you won’t ever have to ask the server if they’re suitable for vegans) and none of the booze but all of the fun mocktails, soft drinks and hot drinks complete the list.

Purezza: it’s not just pizza and it’s not just for vegans. 

As well as being entirely vegan, 98% of the menu is either gluten-free or available with gluten free alternatives. In addition to pizzas, there are classic Italian dishes such as lasagne and superfood pure veggie dishes. 

hands holding open box of purezza pizza next to entrance sign Purezza

Purezza for children and other pets

For those with an expanded family after the baby/ puppy boom of 2020 Purezza is a great allrounder. Kids just love Italian food and there’s a dedicated kids menu with under 11s eating for free (when accompanied by a paying adult). 

interior of Purezza

Dogs don’t get left out either with free water bowls, homemade vegan pizza slices just for them and non-alcoholic ‘pawroni’ beer or for the fancy thoroughbreds there’s a ‘pawsecco’. A drink and meal deal will keep your hound happy and your pocket jangling with change from a fiver. 

Purezza interior

Reviews

  1. Malcolm Grubb

    Sorry forget to rate it always 5*

  2. Malcolm Grubb

    Food is always amazing.the pizzas are not filling . But ample… you don’t bloat.the orio pizza is amazing..the owner is always smiling..and love his dog..the staff are so friendly..

  3. Rhys Trussler

    Purezza is getting better and better, in the beginning I didn’t think they’d make it, but they’ve adapted, improved and redecorated. This is I valiant effort to make something that people really want to work, work – I applaud them for it 👏. The pizza bases rival Fatto Mano or other great pizzerias but the toppings are all vegan and seem to switch around from fake meat to great use of veggies, so if you’re one or the other keep checking in.

  4. Caroline

    I’ve had takeaway and eaten in at Purezza and both have been perfect pizza experiences – even for a non-vegan/vege. The pesto is my fave but the smoked beetroot is pretty outstanding too (stolen from my boyfriend’s plate!)

  5. Emma Harrel

    There are a lot of exciting dishes at Purezza, from their vegan cheese board to the calzone dessert. The ingredients are fresh and the flavour combinations are innovative. You can also order Purezza to eat at home with Deliveroo.

  6. Angela Simmonds

    Outstanding pizza and love the fact that they keep getting better. Definite improvement on the first pizza we had there last time. Now they have a new pizza oven, pizza base is incredible and quite light, plus toppings are all fresh and tastes. We are non vegans and some dishes aren’t for us- what we do like though we really like! Only uk vegan pizzeria apparently

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