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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cafe Viva Herbal Pizzeria. New York Vegan Pizza. Gluten Free Options.

Cafe Viva Herbal Pizzeria
East Village, New York.
179 2nd Ave.

Out of all the "fine vegan" dining offered in New York, this may be my hubby's favorite.  Pizza could actually be considered a vegetable here!  Lots of gluten free, dairy free, kosher options.  Vegan cookies, brownies, and ice creams.  Green Juices.  This place is amazing.  Hemp Crusts.  Spelt.  Spinach.  Broccoli.  Daiya Cheese.  Thin Crust.  Thick Crust.  By the slice or buy the whole pie.  In a wonderful location, across the street from Liquiteria, a juice bar that offers both "regular" juice and "wonder juice" from the "Norwalk Juicer" (the juicer of yours truly).

 Lots of Vegan options....

 Yikes!  GLUTEN FREE!!! VEGAN!!!!  This is the first place we ever had Daiya.  They had it before it hit retail.

 Vegan & Soyfree!


 Wheat & Sugar Free.  Vegan.  And full of HEMP!

 Ganja anyone??  This is Pizza on Willy Wonka!!  VERY full of garlic!

 Vegan.  Spelt.  "Seitan Dream".  With Artichokes & SunDried Tomatoes.

 Green Tea Miso-Tofu?  Shitake? Maritake?  Green Tea herbed spelt crust.

 Everything Vegan.  Some gluten free.

 Gluten Free.  Vegan.  Sugar Free Cookies.

 Vegan Whoopie Pies. 

It's a small place but a very comfy hang.  Super casual.
Lots of students.  But people of all ages come here for yummy vegan eats.

 Green Juices, Kombucha, Coconut water.

 Even a Vegan Ice Cream Freezer.  Chicago Soy Dairy desserts.

 Here the Pizza would probably qualify as a vegetable.  

There is so much broccoli on the pizza.  Probably more on one slice than most people get in a whole day.

 Hubby usually gets this Sicilian for lunch then gets something with more zing for late night eats!  The sauce is so full of flavor.

All the good stuff.  Hot peppers, nutritional yeast. 

 Yes, they have "real" juice.

 Veggie & "Omega" zines....

 Love that the Veggie places support the animal sanctuaries & food festivals.

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Late night eats.

1. Magic Mushroom Minestrone (V) shitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, reishi mushroom broth, veggies and herbs

2. Soup Of The Day (V) 

3. Marinated Roasted Veggies in hemp oil, fresh herbs, and balsamic
4. Spinach & Broccoli Stromboli spinach, broccoli, ricotta and mozzarella rolled inside whole wheat pizza dough
5. Soy Sausage Stromboli soy sausage, red pepper, onion, mozzarella rolled inside whole wheat pizza dough


1. Garden Salad romaine, tomatoes, red onion, broccoli, zucchini, carrots

2. Pasta Salad tri-colore fusilli pasta with fresh veggies and sun dried tomato in a herbed pesto sauce

3. Antipasto romaine, artichokes, calamata olives, grilled red pepper, broccoli, red onion, grilled eggplant, carrots, zucchini
4. Caesar Salad romaine, whole wheat croutons, parmesan cheese with a yogurt caesar dressing (no anchovy, no eggs)
5. Spinach Salad with goat cheese and sundried tomato
6. Caprese Salad fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh basil


1. Roasted Garlic with sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella and ricotta
2. Grilled Veggies grilled eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, mozzarella and ricotta
3. Four Cheeses mozzarella, goat, ricotta, parmesan
4. Viva whole wheat crust, roasted garlic, fresh garlic, spinach, broccoli, mozzarella, ricotta
5. Santa Cruz (V) whole wheat crust, soy sausage, miso and herb marinated tofu, veggies
With Spelt Crust
6. Zen (V) green tea herbed miso tofu, green tea basil pesto, shiitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, onion, red pepper, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic in a green tea herbed spelt crust.



Slice / Sm / Lg
1. Napoletana mozzarella & tomato sauce

3. Siciliana Marinara (V) thick crust, spicy marinara (no cheese)

3. Al Pesto pesto sauce and mozzarella

4. Sorrentino ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan (no sauce)

5. Margarita fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil with tomato sauce

8. Ziti unbleached white crust, mozzarella, ricotta, ziti pasta, marinara sauce. price plus tax.

Whole Wheat Crust

Slice / Sm / Lg
7. Siciliana thick crust, with mozzarella and tomato sauce

8. Napoletana mozzarella and tomato sauce

9. The Viva mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic (no sauce)

10. Naturale (V) tomato sauce, miso tofu, fresh veggies and spinach

11. Bella pesto sauce, mozzarella, sauteed spinach, onions and feta

12. Santa Rosa (V) tomato sauce, sundried tomato, mushroom, roasted garlic, calamata olives, miso tofu
13. Vegetarian (V) tomato sauce, tomatoes, broccoli, onions, mushroom,
14. Picante soy sausage, roast red pepper, mozzarella cheese
15. Viva Special tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheese and saute artichokes
16. Artichokes Dream tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheese, and saute artichokes

17 Vegan Picante soy meatball onion red pepper.

Corn Meal Crust

Slice / Sm / Lg. Wheat Free
18. Veggie Dream grilled veggie tomato sauce and mozzarella
19. Azteca no sauce, mozzarella, onions, red pepper, corn kernels
19. Sausalito no sauce, roasted garlic sun dried tomatoes goat cheese and mozzarella
20. Mexicali a salsa of jalapeno peppers, onions, tomatoes and cilantro topped over a bed of melted mozzarella cheese

Spelt Crust

Slice / Sm / Lg
22. Tutta Verde (V) all green pizza with pesto sauce green peppers, broccoli, zucchini & spinach

23. La Vita (V) roasted red peppers, soy sausage, mushrooms, broccoli, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, corn kernels

24. Il Fiore (V) grilled eggplant, onions, roasted peppers, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, fresh rosemary

25. Zen (V) green tea herbed miso tofu, green tea basil pesto, shiitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, sundried tomato, roasted garlic, on a green tea herbed spelt crust (super anti oxidant pizza)

26. Carrozza fresh tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella cheese

27. Canja (V) diced onions, tomato and garlic marinated in hemp oil roasted hempseeds, hempseed nuts, hemp herbed basil pesto, calamata olives tempeh and roasted garlic on hemp herbed spelt crust with hemp herbed miso tofu

28. Magic Mushrooms (V) shitake mushrooms, spinach, red peppers, onions, hemp oil, hempseed nuts, hemp herbed basil pesto on a hemp herbed spelt crust with miso herbed tofu

29. Santa Cruz fresh tomato, broccoli, mushroom, tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheese soy sausage

30. Seitan Dream (V) seitan, caramelized red onion, sundried tomato artichokes

31. Gluten Free (V) brown rice crust daiya cheese steam broccoli tomato sauce

Spelt Contains Proteins That Should Be Avoided By Celise Patients.


Baked Pasta

Lunch & Dinner
1. Grilled Veggie Lasagna grilled eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, roasted garlic, mozzarella, ricotta

2. Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna saut├ęs mushroom and spinach in fresh garlic with ricotta and mozzarella

3. Soy Meatball Lasagna (V) soy meatball, red pepper, onion, daiya cheese
4. Baked Ziti Sorrentino ricotta and mozzarella with tomato sauce
5. Baked Ziti Primavera grilled eggplant, zucchini, red peppers with ricotta, mozzarella & tomato sauce
6. Stuffed Shells ricotta, cheese and mozzarella
7. Manicotti ricotta cheese and mozzarella


Lunch & Dinner
8. Ravioli Di Soya (V) tofu filled with tomato sauce. price plus tax.
9. Spinach Ravioli (V) spinach filled with tomato sauce
10. Portobello Mushroom Ravioli (V) 
11. Ravioli Primavera (V) 
12. Jumbo Cheese Ravioli ricotta cheese filled with tomato sauce
13. Pumpkin Ravioli (V) 

Saute Pasta

With Choice Of Linguine Or Penne. Now Available With Wheat Pasta Or Spelt Pasta. Add $2
14. Toscana (V) mushrooms, onions, plum tomato, zucchini, roasted garlic, capers with tomato sauce
15. Margarita fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh basil with tomato sauce
16. Soy Sausages & Peppers (V) soy sausages, roasted red peppers, fresh garlic, onions with tomato sauce
17. Marinara (V) with tomato sauce
18. A La Vodka (V) plum tomatoes, vodka, fresh garlic, cayenne, parmesan, with a soy cream sauce
19. Florentine (V) spinach, onions, mushrooms, fresh garlic with a soy pesto cream sauce
20. Arrabiata (V) plum tomatoes, fresh garlic, cayenne, fresh basil, tomato sauce
21. Cutlet Parmigiana (V) Optional homemade seitan cutlets with mozzarella or soy cheese (contains some casein) or no cheese at all with tomato sauce
22. Primavera (V) grilled eggplant, zucchini, red peppers with fresh garlic, white wine and tomato sauce
Dinner Special after 5pm. choice of pasta plus cup of soup and sm garden salad add


1. Zen Hero green tea pesto, green tea miso-tofu, shiitake, maitake, onions, sundried tomato, roasted pepper, roasted garlic.
2. Goat Cheese Grill Veggie Pesto 
3. Soy Sausages & Peppers 
4. Grilled Eggplant Parmigiana 
5. Caprese fresh mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, sundried tomato
6. Garlic Bread 


Natural Sodas & Spritzer 
Fresh Squeeze Juices coke, d coke, sprite, root beer cans
Honest Tea 

Vegan Desserts

Daily Specials all kinds of cakes, cookies, brownies

Create Your Own Pizza

Choice Of Toppings

Slice $0.75 / Sm Pie $3 / Lg Pie $4, Per Topping
Onions Fresh Garlic 
Sweet Corn 
Green Peppers 
Green Olives 
Fresh Tomatoes 
Extra Mozzarella 

Choice Of Crust

Sm / Lg. To Substitute, Add To Price.
Whole Wheat Free 
Wheat Free, Corn Meal Or Spelt Crust 
Green Tea Herbed Crust 
Hemp Herbed Crust 
Gluten-Free, Yeast Free 

Hemp Seed Products And Hem Oil Are High In Protein And Contain All The Essential Amino Acids In A Favorable Ratio, 
And In An Easily Digestible Form. The Hemp Oil Contains 75 Percent EFAs Including The Important Omega 3 And Omega 6.

Sun Dried Tomatoes 
Grilled Eggplants 
Grilled Zucchini 
Roasted Red Pepper 
Saute Spinach 
Pesto Sauce 
Feta Cheese 
Roasted Garlic 
Goat Cheese 
Soy Cheese? contains casein
Soy Pepperoni 
Soy Sausage 
Fresh Mozzarella 
Tofu Marinated In Miso 
Calamata Olives 
Shitake Mushroom 
Add Maitake Mushrooms 
Daiya Vegan Cheese add maitake

(V) Vegan.

And I have to include some short videos of just a few of the kids that we see on the East St. Louis Feeding Route.
East St. Louis Strays.
These are just a few of the kids we see.  Pj feeds the dogs every single day and GPG rescues them as we are able.  We always need fosters!  Knuckles may get pulled soon.  His leg/hip might actually be dislocated so PJ is keeping an eye on him to see if it is just arthritis or if he needs medical attention.

I kind of can't believe Mr. Tux & the Siamese cat aren't already adopted!!  There are about 5 cats at this house.  We tried to trap one for someone, but we got the "wrong" one (that wouldn't work with her others) and ended up doing a trap & release, and a neuter.  We are working with some girls that will be doing more T&R for these kids.  Of course we would prefer to find them homes, but while we are looking, we don't want the population to get too crazy.  They are not truly "feral" as they let Pj pet them and they run alongside the car!!

This cat is by far the most social cat on the route.  He always runs alongside the car, too close for comfort.  He will love all over you.  We thought he belonged (we use that term loosely) to someone, but Pj checked, and he does not.  I think he would do really well adapting to life in a home.  Does anyone want to foster this cat??

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