Del Vecchio’s Chicago Stuffed Pizza – The Answer To My Vegan Pizza Prayers

Helloooo Again! It has definitely been awhile since I’ve done a Treasure Hunt Location review, mainly because I haven’t been anywhere new! Well, my little vegan prayers have been answered and I found the BEST vegan pizza in my area of Asheville, NC.

Let’s jump right in!

LOCATION:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant

333 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

828-258-7222 delvecchiositalian.com

ATMOSPHERE:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant is located on Merrimon Avenue, one of the main streets in Asheville, NC. The vibe is laid back, friendly and inviting. It seems to be the go-to pizza spot for college kids. This small pizzeria has a long bar that takes up the majority of the restaurant and they have a few tables to sit down and eat inside and outside. The friendly staff greets you right away and the food is served quickly.

FOOD:

I’m originally from New Jersey, so I have some pretty high standards for great Italian food. I thought all was lost for authentic tasting pizza when I moved to Asheville. I had tried many spots, and the pizza was good, but I missed that zesty NJ/NY flavor.

Ooooh baby, I’ve found what I’ve been searching for at Del Vecchio’s! I ordered the 14″ Chicago Stuffed Pizza with vegan cheese, spinach and garlic for $24.99. It was an additional $3.00 for the vegan cheese. I know, I know, that’s a freakin’ expensive pizza, but I promise you from my head to the bottom of my cruelty-free shoes, it is worth it!

So what exactly is a Chicago Stuffed Pizza? Well, I had no idea but I live on the edge and ordered it anyway. It is a deep dish pizza that has cheese and toppings inside. It is topped with another thin layer of pizza dough and then tomato sauce. It’s baked until it the cheese is a beautiful melty mess and then served to you piping hot!

I’m not one of those people that eats pizza with a fork, but I made an exception for this one. Holy $hit this was amazing! Finally, my yankee tastebuds were reunited with zesty and tangy tomato sauce that I have so dearly missed. The cheese was creamy and melted to perfection. I actually asked what brand they used and it was Daiya! I was shocked because there was absolutely no aftertaste whatsoever.

The extra garlic and spinach inside really added another layer of mouthwatering flavor that I am daydreaming about as I type this. The dough itself was chewy and the crust had the perfect crisp to it. The showstopper tomato sauce on top was a train ticket to Flavortown and I never wanted to come back.

DIG IT OR DITCH IT?

DIG IT! I love everything about this pizza and plan to go back and try every vegan thing on their menu. The staff is great about preparing vegan and/or gluten-free options, which is refreshing. I’m not joking when I say that I daydream about this pizza. If you are in Asheville, you MUST try Del Vecchio’s and their fabulous Chicago Stuffed Pizza. It brought my sad, never-gonna-find-great-pizza-again thinkin’ heart back to life!

Zablong Peculiar Pizza

Zablong Peculiar Pizza

137 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC

Atmosphere: This funky little pizza shop in Charlotte, NC is a perfect casual lunch spot if you’re looking for some quick and delicious food! This shop is located in a little alley way with other hidden away, hipster-ish coffee shops and bars. It’s a cafeteria style set-up, so after you walk in, you place your order and they make it right in front of you. There are many menu options, and you can customize your pizza as you like. There are plenty of vegan options, including vegan cheese, veggies, and flavored oils. What makes this pizza unique, is that it is oblong shaped (get it, ZaBLONG?!).

Food: OK, so it’s funny shaped pizza, but how did it taste?! The only description that kind of comes close is that it was a flavor explosion!! I ordered “The Woodstock” which came with Olive Tomato Pesto, Daiya Mozzarella, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach, Fresh Jalapeños, Cherry Tomatoes & Crushed Red Pepper Oil. Of course, I added more toppings like sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, arugula, and rosemary oil! With all of these ingredients, I’m telling you, this was spectacular!

The perfectly cooked crust was crispy and chewy. The creamy cheese, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, bitter arugula, spicy jalapeños, with the fresh veggies and rosemary oil blended together to make what is probably one of my favorite (and messiest) pizzas ever.

Dig it or Ditch it? 

I DIG IT! The fun atmosphere and the fresh and flavorful ingredients make Zablong Peculiar Pizza a must try! I can’t wait to go back!