The cauliflower crust craze is sweeping through Manhattan’s dining scene—and beyond. The veggie, which appeals to those seeking low carb and gluten-free, is being used as a pizza topping, on pizza crusts, and even as a key ingredient in bread, muffins, and more. Here’s a lineup of New York City spots that are featuring cauliflower on their pizza menus. These eateries offer everything from pie topped with cauliflower to innovative cauliflower crusts.
The Veggie Vacanza cauliflower pizza at downtown’s Adoro Lei is one of the stylish pizza spot’s best-selling pies. This Neapolitan brick-oven pizza destination also offers pasta, paninis, salads, soups, and more. 287 Hudson St., 646-666-5096, adorolei.com
Brickoven Pizza 33
Those who are still out in the wee hours of the morning can head to Brickoven Pizza 33 to snap up a late-night snack. The East side pizza joint tantalizes with a menu of thin crust pizzas. Indulge in the cauliflower pizza crust pie—a gluten-free margherita pizza. The eatery remains open until 4am. 489 Third Ave., 212-545-9191
The East Village’s health conscious Cheska’s has a mission to inspire healthier habits. The menu is fully gluten-free. Pizza offerings boast 1.5 servings of vegetables and they’re loaded with fiber and protein. Cheska’s has three varieties of cauliflower crust pizzas. They include the classic—a tomato, mozzarella, and basil pie made with extra virgin olive oil, and red pepper flakes; the white velvet—made with mozzarella, garlic ricotta, garlic oil, lemon zest, and parsley; and the avo addict club—a spicy tomato pie with mozzarella, jalapeño, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and red pepper flakes. The menu includes a trio of sweet potato crust pizzas as well. 348 Bowery, 718-571-9095, cheskasny.com
Marinara Pizza’s time-tested recipes boast quality ingredients including cauliflower. The menu, which is available at four Manhattan locations, includes a variety of classic and specialty pizzas such as the cauliflower crust pie and a spicy pepperoni stuffed crust. Locations include the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Park Avenue, and Midtown East. marinarapizza.com
Pizza by Certe
Pizza by Certe is proud of its Green Restaurant Certified status, which was granted by the Green Restaurant Association—an international nonprofit organization that encourages restaurants to green their operations. The eatery, which offers classic New York City-style pizza by the slice, offers a gluten-free cauliflower pizza, which features roasted cauliflower with spicy harissa, sweet peppers, fennel, tomatoes, and mozzarella. The pizzas are made with care using fresh tomatoes, cheese, herbs, and locally-sourced (when seasonal), unprocessed ingredients. Pizza by Certe even boasts a “green” wall, which grows its own fresh basil. 132 E. 56th St., 212-813-2020, certe.pizza