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Vegan pizza delivery in Athens - Pizza Bite- Διανομή βέγκαν πίτσας στην Αθήνα - Vegan in Athens

The discovery of a vegan-friendly pizza delivery restaurant in Kallithea and a beautiful picnic

During the Holy Week we decided to move on to relaxation and rest and let the spring revive our souls and bodies. As we stayed in Athens for Easter, we were about to fully enjoy the tranquil, spring, festive atmosphere, to walk, to spend time with our loved ones and dedicate more time to us and Petra. On Holy Thursday the weather was amazing and we thought it was the right time for the first picnic of the season!

Of course none of us had gone shopping during our “relaxation” week neither in the organic farmer’s market nor in the grocery shop–so it was a bit difficult to prepare our picnic and to be honest I longed to eat a pizza! Although I love cooking and baking, that day I just wanted to order a vegan pizza as everyone else does. Hmmm, bit difficult if you are vegan to find a vegan pizza that is not just a tasteless tomato sauce a few onions and a few green pepper slices. However I was determined to find the pizza I was craving for, made with fresh vegetables, fluffy and tasty dough, plenty of vegan cheese (without casein or whey protein), that would taste as real pizza and of course I was not about to pay a fortune for that.

Vegan pizza delivery in Athens - Pizza Bite- Διανομή βέγκαν πίτσας στην Αθήνα - Veganinathens.com

After searching through the internet I found out the website of a pizzeria named «Pizza Bite», located in Kallithea. In their website I found a variety of vegan pizzas, pasta, burgers and salads and they gave me the impression that they know what vegan diet is about. I took a look at the vegan menu and found it quite interesting. Besides Kallithea was on our way to the picnic plus I wanted to go by myself, talk to the owners and ask a couple of questions (vegans throughout the world understand what I mean! The list of questions we always ask when we go to a restaurant: “are you sure it doesn’t contain milk or eggs?” or “Do you use butter or margarine for the crust?” etc).

So I went there where I met Anastasia a warm and friendly woman, who is also the owner and chef of «Pizza Bite». After we talked I mentioned my concerns and Anastasia answered all of my questions. The first thing I was concerned was the pizza crust! Nearly without even ask, she assured me that the crust does not contain milk, eggs or other animal products and it is prepared daily in their kitchen with a slow ripening process, using a flour suitable for pizza. Additionally, if one wants a healthier version he or she can choose the dough named «Brown Crust» which is made with whole wheat flour and flaxseed.

Vegan pizza delivery in Athens - Pizza Bite- Διανομή βέγκαν πίτσας στην Αθήνα - Vegan in Athens

When we got to “cheese” Anastasia talked about how she imagined this business when they started, seven years ago. “When we started the business, I wanted to use only high quality organic products to prepare all the dishes, because I wanted to offer the best to my customers. Unfortunately crisis came and this was not possible. So we decided to offer the best quality at the best price. Every day we wash and cut fresh vegetables and we make our own dough“.

A few years ago I wanted to create some dishes that would meet the needs of people who can be in fast or be vegan, but I found that most of the “lenten” cheeses contain animal derivatives. So I chose not to use them, as I would feel that I cheat my clients. However I added a pizza in the menu with natural, plant-based ingredients and I did my best to make it so delicious that cheese would not be necessary”. If you have eaten pizza in Italy you probably remember that many of these pizzas were not topped with cheese without lacking in flavor.

A few months ago I was told by a customer about the company “Viotros” and their series of vegan cheese, I contacted them and I made sure that the cheese they sell is 100 % vegan. Thus I added in the menu also vegan pizzas with vegan mozzarella and vegan parmesan”.

Vegan pizza delivery in Athens - Pizza Bite- Διανομή βέγκαν πίτσας στην Αθήνα - Vegan in Athens

Finally we discussed the use of margarine and she was clearly against its use in any case “Only virgin olive oil when needed“. It is worth mentioning that the vegetables they use are all fresh – the time I arrived Anastasia was chopping on a bench red tomatoes, onions and fresh mushrooms.

We got the pizza named “Tartufo”, topped with walnut pesto, fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, vegan mozzarella and vegan parmesan! Because Anastasia was relatively more relaxed that day and probably she noticed my enthusiasm, she invited me to watch the process of preparing our pizza and to take some pictures. It looked amazing: thin crust topped with a layer of walnut pesto, lots of fresh mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and finally, a generous amount of vegan cheese. After photographing, she put our pizza in the oven and its smell heightened my anticipation even more.

I barely held myself from grabbing a piece when we were on our way to the ancient Koili Street, a place we often visit for our picnic. After we settled our matting and relaxed, I ate my first bite and I felt that I found exactly what I wanted and what I was craving: a real pizza with fresh vegetables, delicious and light dough, plenty of vegan cheese and spicy, cheesy taste.

Vegan pizza delivery in Athens - Pizza Bite- Διανομή βέγκαν πίτσας στην Αθήνα - Vegan in Athens

For information, their page on Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/Pizza.Bite.TheBestPizza/

and their website in which there are great pictures and all the information you’ll need: http://pizzabite.gr.

PS “Pizza bite” only delivers. Those who live beyond the areas they deliver (Kallithea, Neos Kosmos, Nea Smyrni, Koukaki, Petralona, Taurus, Thissio and Moshato), can go there to get their order. But if you want to make an order for an event, they can cater upon request in even more areas.

Vegan pizza delivery in Athens - Pizza Bite- Διανομή βέγκαν πίτσας στην Αθήνα - Vegan in Athens
Η Πέτρα έφερε μια φίλη της! – Petra invited a new friend!
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Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

Vegan shopping in the center of Athens

The feature of this day, here in Athens, was the bright sun, the clear blue sky and the atmosphere, filled with the impatient “whispers” of spring which seems to be here earlier than expected. Only two days after the latest snowfall, the weather is really warm, with the temperature being unusually high, considering that it’s only February.

Since we decided to stay here for the weekend, I found it was a great idea to visit the center of Athens in order to do some “vegan” shopping and spend some time with a good friend, drinking coffee and talking.

If you are planning to visit the center of Athens, maybe the best idea is to use the metro in order to reach Omonia station and from there you can start walking across Athinas Street.

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

The first place I visited was the 19th book bazaar that took place on Kotzia Square. The bazaar lasts 2-3 weeks (until March 6) and opening hours are 9 am to 9 pm. (Update: This book bazaar takes place on Athens 1-2 times each year and last 2-3 weeks each time.)

The next stop is definitely the grocery flea market in the central market of Athens. Usually I buy from there pickles, avocados, mushrooms and many different kinds of breads from all over the world, in really good prices, often 100 % lower than those of supermarkets.

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

After a walk around the markets, you can visit Evripidou Street –it’s the very next street- where you can find shops with a great variety of spices, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, pulses, grains and nuts. If you are used to buying all this stuff from the supermarkets, you will be surprised by the low prices, compared to the supermarkets and for sure one can have a quite significant economic benefit by choosing to buy in bulk from here. On top of that, you can certainly buy really fresh and good quality products if you do a small research.

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

Although we don’t live near the center, I often do my shopping from there, since I can choose between a huge variety of good quality products, from rare super foods to giant black beans and Ceylon cinnamon. Since there is a wide range in prices and quality, one has to do a survey in order to buy on a budget. For example I have found that there is a shop on Evripidou Str where you can find fresh and relatively cheap nuts and seeds, whereas another shop in the same street sells excellent pulses and grains. If I want to buy peanut butter, tahini, agave syrup and molasses in bulk I have found a small shop, located only few meters away, on Athinas Str.

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

Today, however, because of the upcoming Lent, beyond the ordinary products, there was fresh, handmade halvah in many shops and bakeries in different qualities, values ​​and flavors -from the classic vanilla – almonds to the postmodern pink version with cranberries! Of course I couldn’t resist and I bought not one or two but five different varieties! I think I will make soon halva ice-cream!

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

Certainly the most charming part of the day is having a coffee in one of the beautiful cafes of the area, especially when the weather is sunny. Shortly after the central market of Athens towards Monastiraki, turning in one of the streets on your left, you will find Aiolou Str and the cosmopolitan square Saint Irene, with lots of coffee bars, and bar restaurants. Alternatively very close to Athinas Str there is the famous historical Monastiraki Sq where you can find cafes and juice bars, as well as lots of markets selling clothes, souvenirs, accessories, antiques etc.

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

And last but not least, in case you are hungry after walking, there are some take-away falafel restaurants with many vegan options.

Βόλτα για ψώνια στο κέντρο της Αθήνας - Vegan shopping in the center of Athens - Veganinathens.com

 

 

 

 

 

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