A craze for cauliflower crust is sweeping across Manhattan’s dining scene—and beyond. The veggie, which appeals to those seeking low carb and gluten-free fare, is a hot pizza topping these days. It's even featured as a key ingredient in bread, muffins, and more. Here’s a lineup of New York City spots featuring cauliflower on their pizza menus—either as a topping or a base for their dough.
You'll find the Veggie Vacanza cauliflower pie holding forth at downtown’s Adoro Lei, one of the more stylish pizza spot’s best-selling pies. This Neapolitan brick-oven pizza destination also provides an abundance of pasta, paninis, salads, soups and more. 287 Hudson St., 646-666-5096, adorolei.com
Brickoven Pizza 33
Night owls feeling peckish in the wee hours should head to Brickoven Pizza 33 for a savory late-night snack. This East side pizza joint tantalizes with a menu of thin crust pizzas. Especially recommended: the cauliflower pizza crust pie—a gluten-free margherita pizza. And this little eatery remains open until 4am. 489 Third Ave., 212-545-9191 Brickoven33.com
Marinara Pizza’s venerated recipes put quality ingredients first, including cauliflower. The menu, which is available at four Manhattan locations, includes an assortment of classic and specialty pizzas including their spicy pepperoni stuffed crust and the aforementioned cauliflower crust. Locations include the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Park Avenue, and a new East Village location. 160 Second Ave. 646-837-7000, marinarapizza.com
Pizza by Certe
Imagine: Green pizza that's actually good. Pizza by Certe is touts its Green Restaurant Certified status, granted by an international nonprofit organization called the Green Restaurant Association, which encourages restaurants to green their operations. This eatery, which serves up classic New York City-style pizza by the slice, also offers a gluten-free cauliflower pizza, which showcases a roasted cauliflower with spicy harissa, sweet peppers, fennel, tomatoes, and mozzarella. The pizzas are made using fresh tomatoes, cheese, herbs, and locally-sourced (when seasonal), unprocessed ingredients. Pizza by Certe even boasts a “green” wall, where they grow their own fresh basil. 132 E. 56th St., 212-813-2020, Certenyc.com