Vegan Pizza – Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Vegan Pizza Slices

Vegan Pizza Slices

I love pizza. Most people do. Luckily vegan pizza has come a long way in the last few years. My girlfriend wanted some vegan pizza the other night after a hard day at work. Comfort food? Yeah. So, I looked online and found a pizzeria a few miles away that serves vegan pizza. It’s called Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in Carlsbad, close to San Diego, CA. They have several locations in San Diego, Southern California, and Las Vegas. See below for important caveats for vegans. Want a free pizza? Keep reading.

Vegan Pizza Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Sammy's Woodfired Vegan Pizza in the box

I called and asked all the right questions (so I thought – more later) and ordered their vegetarian pizza to go, substituting Daiya vegan cheese for the regular cheese for a $2.00 upcharge and xing the fontina cheese. It had grilled eggplant, onions, zucchini, bell peppers, and tomatoes, with a roasted garlic sauce. They couldn’t tell me on the phone which brand of vegan cheese they use. So, we went to pick it up and I spoke with the chef and told him I wanted to be sure it did not contain casein. He was kind enough to check and informed me that they use Daiya cheese. Yay! He said he hadn’t tried it yet and I chuckled and told him it is really quite good. Anyway, thanks for checkin’ chef. Hey, they have gluten-free pizza, too.

The atmosphere at the restaurant was quite nice with a warm ambiance and very busy. They have a little patio with a fire pit and the woodfired pizza ovens are on full display. We agreed we would have to go back for the full experience. We got two vegan pizzas because they are kind of small and there is only one size. We got home and opened the box and a beautiful vegan pizza stared at us and smiled. :) We chowed down.

Vegan-Pizza-CrustVegan Pizza Close-Up

Their Vegan Pizza

Their vegan pizza is excellent. Especially, the grilled veggies. The eggplant had a wonderful texture, much like mushrooms, and the flavor of the roasted garlic sauce with the Daiya cheese was a nice combination. Everything was very well-balanced and tasted oh soo good. Nom nom nom nom.

The crust was pretty good. The crust. Ok. So, after we ate both pizzas I emailed Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza to just triple check all my facts before I posted this up on the interweb. I am new to this whole vegan thing, so I was remiss in asking about HONEY! Bah. Turns out I needed to ask a lot of questions.Lesson learned. See below for important caveats for vegan pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza.

Free Pizza

It would be nice if they DID advertise a vegan pizza on the menu, so that it would be clear to their employees and customers exactly what to order that could be considered vegan. Hey, but now YOU know. Also, their website is not up to date with all of their locations. There are a few not listed on there. You might try Google Maps instead. FREE PIZZA? Join their Insider E-Club on their website and get a coupon for a free pizza with the purchase of a menu item of equal or greater value. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter for deals.

Important Caveats for Vegans

I called and spoke with their corporate chef, Jeff, and got more information. He said they are working on a vegan menu. Hooray! Go Sammy’s. Go chef Jeff. Here’s what you need to know in the meantime.

  • Their regular crust contains honey. Order whole wheat, artisan, or gluten-free crust instead.
  • Their “homemade sauce” is not vegan and contains cheese. You need to specify that you want marinara sauce without cheese.
  • The roasted garlic sauce IS NOT vegan, but was at the time of this writing. They added Parmesan cheese. :(
  • The Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce IS vegan.
  • The veggies are grilled first thing in the morning on a clean grill, but it is the same grill used to grill meat, in case this is an issue for someone.

The verdict. Awesome good vegan pizza. My girlfriend already went back. We will continue trying vegan pizza here in San Diego and I hope to make my own very soon. To avoid any controversy, the pictures here of vegan pizza are not vegan since I didn’t know the regular crust contained honey.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza with Grilled Veggies

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Pizza Box


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11 Responses to Vegan Pizza – Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

  1. That pizza looks good, the crust is perfect!

  2. Hey! I had no idea that Sammy’s had started carrying Daiya! That’s great! Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome. I love Daiya. I don’t know why more restaurants or pizza places don’t decide to have it on their menus. They can keep it frozen and grate it, as needed for pizzas, or whatever. :) Looking forward to Sammy’s new actual vegan menu in the near future.

  3. That pizza looks SO GOOD! Eggplant is my favorite pizza topping.

  4. Thank you so much for posting about this! I’m visiting SD with friends next week and they wanted to eat @ Sammy’s. So happy to hear I’ll have options! 😀

    • You are sho’ nuff welcome. It is really yummy. Just be sure to follow my tips and you should be good. :) I hope you have a nice visit. There are some really yummy vegan or vegan friendly places here. One of these days I should just make a list on my blog. Good idea! Thanks.

  5. What a bummer with the honey in the crust! Usually regular crust or bread does not have honey and the whole wheat versions do. The pizza looks amazing! You are lucky to have a pizza place that offers vegan options near by your house. It is great that you asked the questions and brought up vegan topic to their attention so they can provide better vegan options on their menu. I love Daiya cheese on my pizza! We have a pizza place that offers vegan options including Daiya cheese (zPizza) and most of their non-vegan options can be easily veganized :-) I like their Tuscan pizza with garlic sauce,mushrooms (including porcini),caramelized onions,fresh thyme,truffle oil and Daiya cheese.They usually make it with feta but I get the vegan cheese instead and do not mind paying extra for that. Sadly zPizza is about an hour away from my house :-( I also like Amy’s vegan Roasted Vegetables frozen pizza that I add extra fresh mushrooms and red pepper and other veggies and Daiya cheese to. And Tofurky has amazing vegan pizzas :-)

    • Ha! That is what thought about regular crust vs whole wheat crust. Just showed me I ALWAYS have to ask the right questions. Hey, I’m still learning. :) We have ZPixxa here. Great pizza, too. I am hoping to write a post about theirs soon. I’ll have to try the Tuscan with truffle oil. Yummy. I like the Tofurky pizza, but haven’t tried out Amy’s, yet. Anyone reading this reply should go check out Elisabeth’s blog and find her Hairy Dumplings recipe. It is AWESOME. :) Click on her name to get to her blog. :) I may write a blog post about it soon. Cheers.

  6. Thanks for the review! Have you tried the vegan pizza (called a Berkeley) at ZPizza? It’s OMG good. And they put vegan ‘sausage’ crumble bits on it too! And you can sub veggies, they have lots of options. You can customize it any way you want AND they have a few locations around San Diego hat DELIVER! Can’t beat it – a large VEGAN pizza delivered to your house for around $20. Love love love. About Sammy’s… I’m going to have to call the one here in Point Loma and see if they do the Daiya pizza. :)

  7. Jessie

    You should try Stephanies Bakery in P.B. They have awesome vegan pizza! My favorite is the ham and pineapple im not sure what they use for the vegan ham but its super good! :)

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