Are you looking for a great pizza to satisfy vegetarians and omnivores alike? Countless fresh-from-the-garden options can hit it out of the park when it comes to veggie pizza.
These are some of the very best pizza toppings for vegetarians:
Eggplant isn't among the most popular toppings in the United States, but it's a favorite in Italy. In the motherland of pizza, eggplant is a go-to topping for its slightly smoky flavor, which adds to pizza's unexpected complexity. If you love eggplant parm (and honestly, who doesn't!), you'll go crazy for eggplant on your veggie pizza.
In addition to the delicious and nutritious zucchini, did you know that zucchini plants also produce beautiful and edible flowers? Zucchini flowers are also an Italian favorite for a veggie pizza, and they're now commonly found at many pizzerias stateside.
Unlike other vegetables, zucchini flowers do not need to be sauteed before going on your pie. Pizza chefs place zucchini flowers on top of the pizza before baking, allowing the oven to do the work.
Bonus tip: Order fried zucchini blossoms as an appetizer whenever you see them available. They're stuffed with cheese, lightly fried, covered in honey, and a guaranteed hit for your entire table.
Mushrooms are an underrated umami bomb that can elevate any pizza. And, for recently converted vegetarians, they can be an excellent substitute for popular meat toppings.
In particular, Portobello mushrooms pack a meat-like flavor and consistency due to their maturity and thick texture. Or, if you're looking for a nutty, buttery, and gently smoky flavor, you can opt for shiitake mushrooms. Alternatively, if you want to keep it simple, get the old standby of thinly-sliced white button mushrooms.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to mushrooms as a veggie pizza topper. More than 10,000 varieties of mushrooms are out there, and we encourage you to hunt them all down Pokemon style.
When the moisture is removed from fresh tomatoes, it leaves behind a hard to duplicate concentrated flavor. Sun-dried tomatoes are a vegetarian's best friend thanks to their sweet and tart flavor, and they pop when used as a topping on a pizza.
Most vegetables tend to soften in the oven, but sun-dried tomatoes retain much of their trademark chew, resulting in brilliant textural contrast.
Love pesto as an appetizer? It's time to give this meal-starter a promotion to the big leagues with a spot on top of your veggie pizza.
Made with garlic, pine nuts, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, salt, and olive oil, pesto is a perfect enhancer for your white pie.
Looking for a bit of sweetness? Bell peppers are up for the challenge. As a bonus, bell pepper-topped pizzas usually feature a mix of red, yellow, and green pepper strips, making it as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious.
Vegetarian pizza doesn't need to be limited to just veggies, you know. Add figs and arugula to your pizza for a surprisingly delicious pie.
Get your pizza fix from your favorite Wheat Ridge neighborhood pizza place, Li'l Nick's Pizza, today!