Here’s how the eatery introduces itself on their website: “Virtuous Pie is an elevated fast-casual restaurant with locations in Canada & USA, focused on handcrafted pizza and ice-cream, made 100% from plants.”
Yea, PIZZA and ICE-CREAM, both are supposed to be guilty food that’s not so healthy for us to eat. But of course, we all love them. So, I’m so exhilarated when I know that there’s a plant-based food chain that gears itself towards these two brilliant food choices. I had visited Virtuous’s UBC location with my friend who’s having an exchange in UBC, and we tried some of their pizzas and ice cream; which we both agreed that they tasted awesome!
The shop’s pizzas are made entirely in-house and they have an open kitchen that you can witness how your pizza is made, from zero to one. The pizzas are sized at 10 inches for each portion so the size is not too overwhelming, it’s definitely okay for each person could each order one and share together.
We got two pizzas that day: 1. SWEET PEPPER + SAUSAGE 2. SUPERFUNGHI; while for ice-cream we had a single scoop of Thai Tea flavor. My friend ordered a cup of coffee as well and it’s so-so. Anyway, their pizzas tasted really good, because they were so freshly made, the balance between the crunchiness of the crust and the chewiness of the dough was great; there were also enough flavors from the toppings and sauces, not too salty or oily. For the ice-cream, we could feel that it’s definitely dairy-free and a single scoop was actually quite big so we recommend having a single scoop if you would be ordering other mains as we did. The fragrance of Thai Tea is prominent and worth a try, though I believe there are still some better vegan ice-cream choices in town; I hope I’ll later have chances to try some of their other flavors, such as “salted Caramel + chocolate pretzel”, which also sounds amazing.
one $5 | Thai Tea
To sum up, it’s surely a pleasing dining experience, I still remember how the place also sells T-shirts with the quote “Your virtue is my vice.” Perhaps it’s the inspiration of their naming? I truly hope that they will set up an SFU location in the near future.
Location: 3339 Shrum Ln, Vancouver, BC V6S 0C8 (UBC Wesbrook Village)