To Have and To Hold One’s Own Calzone
Calzones have been a favorite of mine since college. I loved ordering up my very own little piece of yummy for a number of reasons. 1) It was cheaper than ordering a whole pie. 2) It was the perfect amount of food after getting home at 2 a.m. when the bars closed. and 3) It was in one cute little package that prevented broke roommates from hovering around and sneaking “just one slice”. Yes, the calzone was perfection to me.
Since going vegan I hadn’t really thought about my beloved calzones too often. Mainly because places didn’t offer a vegan calzone (yes, I know, hold the cheese and there you have it) but it seemed more worth our time perfecting pizza like this instead. I seemed to be just happy in my little calzone-less world…until we moved to Upstate New York about a month ago.
We live just west of Ithaca and people kept telling us about Pizza Aroma and their amazing vegan calzones. Outside of Eugene’s own Pizza Research Institute’s P3 pizza, (which Rahzh blogged about for his veganniversary), I haven’t been all the impressed with the vegan pizzas that are being made out there so really didn’t go running at the first whisper of calzone. I was indeed quite skeptical.
Pizza Aroma is definitely a no frills pizza-on-the-go sort of joint but don’t let that fool you. What was served up for us was a made to order, hot and fresh, honest to goodness, yummy yum yum, worth getting in the car and driving a half hour (40 minutes with a damn detour) for vegan calzone. Made with black olives, spinach, roasted red peppers, eggplant, fresh garlic (ooo the garlic!), roasted garlic sauce, olive oil and Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese. This, my friends, is something to have and to hold, behold:
And the bonus was they were HUGE! We each ordered one and while Rahzh was so excited and rallied through eating a whole calzone, we could have easily shared one. Mine made for a really great second lunch later in the day. The only critique we had of this dish was that the cheese could have been melted just a little more but outside of that it is definitely worth the hype. NOM.