No, cheese is not a requirement for pizza. Sure, pizza is synonymous with cheese, but these amazing pies in New York City without cheese will blow your mind:
Marinara Pizza – Kesté
It’s no surprise that Kesté – long known as one of New York City’s very best pizzerias – serves up one of the most incredible cheeseless pizzas around.
In the spirit of Italian cuisine, owner and head chef Roberto Caporuscio uses his Marinara Pizza as a vehicle to highlight a simple, yet intensely flavorful blend of tomato sauce, oregano, fresh garlic, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.
This pie is 100% cheeseless, vegan, and indescribably delicious.
The Roma Mixed Vegetables No Cheese Pizza – Cafe Roma
Veggies are the focus at this Upper West Side slice shop. In fact, Cafe Roma is confident enough in its veggies to allow them to be the star of the show on the cheeseless mixed vegetable pizza. With fresh peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomato, you won’t even notice that the cheese is “missing.”
Veggie Medley Pizza – NY Pizza Suprema
Built on an impossibly light and airy Sicilian crust, Pizza Suprema serves up one of NYC’s best cheeseless pizzas. This outstanding pie features an onion-anchored sauce, diced tomatoes, black olives, sliced onions, sauteed garlic mushrooms, basil, and a drizzle of imported extra virgin olive oil to replace the silky mouth-feel of cheese.
Roasted Tomato Focaccia Deep Dish Pizza – Solo Pizza
A skeptic might ask, “Isn’t a cheeseless pizza just a focaccia bread?” Well, maybe it is, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
We invite any hater to try the Roasted Tomato Focaccia Deep Dish at NYC’s Solo Pizza. Who needs cheese when the homemade roasted tomato sauce is this good?
Napoletana – Celeste
In Southern Italy, you’ll often find anchovy-topped pies that are either completely cheeseless or sprinkled with only a bit of Parmesan Reggiano. At Celeste, they pay tribute to that tradition with a simply delicious Napoletana pizza that features only anchovies, capers, and a bright tomato sauce.
Cheeseless pizza lovers can also opt for the minimalistic La Marinara, which gets its brilliant flavor from just tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, and parsley.
Marinara Pizza – Brunetti Pizza
There’s no tomato more sought after than the San Marzano tomato, which is grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius. Low in acidity and seed count and always sweet, making them an excellent base for a pizza sauce.
These tomatoes are phenomenal for cheeseless pizzas, which is why Brunetti’s “Marinara Pizza” needs nothing more than sauce, fresh garlic, oregano, and basil to make one of NYC’s best cheeseless pizzas.