A very close friend of mine came to visit this past week, and I made sure to show her my favorites of NYC. We made a trip to Economy Candy in the lower east side to stock up on chocolate lentils (i.e. the vegan equivalent of M&M’s) and peanut chews (more or less a snicker’s bar). We also hit a lot of my favorite restaurants, and of course, drank A LOT of kombucha. Just an important note: the Whole Foods on Bowery now has kombucha on tap!! They’re using Katalyst kombucha, which is good, but sadly is not nearly as potent as GT’s.
This post is dedicated to Viva Herbal Pizzeria — if I lived downtown, I would probably be eating here at least 4-5 times a week. Their prices are excellent — around $4-5 for a HUGE slice (about the size of 2-3 standard pizza slices — and they have the most unique topping choices that I’ve ever encountered. They offer both vegan and vegetarian pizza (there is the option of getting real cheese on your pizza, but no meat). Viva also offers whole wheat, cornmeal, and spelt crusts. My favorite vegan slices include: the Zen, Magic Mushrooms, and the Tutta Verde. Here’s a look at Viva’s pizza case:

I ordered my stand-by, the Tutta Verde, which has a spelt crust and is described on their menu as an “all green pizza with pesto sauce, green peppers, broccoli, zucchini, and spinach.” I love vegetables and I love pizza places that LOAD on the veggies! My friend ordered the vegetarian Picante with a whole wheat crust, soy sausage, roasted red bell pepper, and mozzarella cheese. She loved her choice and Viva Herbal — perhaps just as much as I do!
And I’ll leave you with a picture of me just about to dig into my slice of green goodness! Yum!!
Amanda
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