Tonight, my friend and I went to Chinatown to catch a movie. We had plenty of time for dinner beforehand, so we decided to go to District of Pi. I had eaten some of the veggie thin crust and deep dish pizzas there before, and knew they had vegan options available.
District of Pi is very vegan friendly. The thin crust pizza dough is vegan, and you can substitute daiya cheese and Match meats for the toppings. I have heard of Match, but I wasn't sure if it was GMO-free soy,so I didn't try it. The Match website doesn't list ingredients, and the internet was no help, so I may have to look for it in a store so I can look closely at the packaging.
You can also get vegan deep dish pizza at District of Pi, but since the regular deep dish dough has butter, you need to give them advance notice if you'll be ordering it so they can ensure to have the vegan dough available for you.
My pizza tonight had red sauce, daiya, arugula, artichokes and red onions. The crust was super crispy and the vegetables were all very fresh. The thin crust pizzas come out quickly, but if you are ordering the deep dish, make sure you budget 25-30 minutes to wait for it to bake. If you're hungry, you can snack on some vegan friendly appetizers while you wait. The server told me that they can do a vegan garlic bread, and you can also choose from cucumbers with thai chili, roasted mushrooms with garlic and rosemary, olives and orange or the pi hummus plate with pita, red peppers and olives. There are also salads that you can easily order without dairy or meat ingredients. And, if you're into beer, they've got a great rotating selection, including Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewing Co. (I went there on a work event earlier this year) and various beers from local brewery DC Brau.
Stay tuned for when I try their vegan deep dish!