Vegetarians are used to limited pizza choices. In a pizza party setting with only a token vegetarian or two, a sympathetic host will either order a “vegetarian” special (tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, maybe olives, etc.) or a cheese pizza. It’s always the same.
Granted, vegetarians have their own secret orders (I discovered pineapple and onion while flirting with vegetarianism many years ago, and it remains a favourite), but rarely is there a vegetarian pizza option that is both exciting and downright out of the ordinary.
Enter Panago’s new Veggie Korma Indian pizza, which takes one of the world’s great vegetarian cuisines and combines it with North America’s cheese-covered home-delivery food of choice. This pizza sounds amazing.
The Pitch: “Indian korma sauce, roasted garlic, spinach, green peppers, pineapple, banana peppers, mozzarella and cheddar.”
The Taste: Sweet and spicy, but not creamy in the way I expect korma to be. The korma sauce isn’t spectacular, and the spinach threw me off. The pineapple worked with the spice, and the banana peppers added some heat, but it doesn’t feel quite balanced enough. Certainly OK, and a great alternative to the standard “vegetarian” pizza options, but not something I’d order again unless a veggie friend was coming over.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $10 for a small, $12 for a medium, $14 for a large (before delivery or tax).
Value for cash money: Good. The larger, the better the value.
Availability: Panago pizza shops.
Nutrition?: Couldn’t find any nutritional info on the Panago website.
The verdict: An interesting flavour experiment. OK, but not as good as I was hoping.