The Roman Candle

Madison, Wisconsin

3.6 / 1 vote

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Pizza joint with a cheese-free vegan pizza

Has a vegan crust - there is even a vegan pizza (the "Vegan Destroyer") on the menu.

Added by sillymiranda on May 3 11 (last updated May 30 11)

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The Roman Candle is a cool pizza joint with friendly service. I had a 12-inch "vegan destroyer" ($14) which was a simple pie covered in spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts and pureed red pepper. It also featured the shop's signature "firecracker" sauce which is a tomato sauce spiced up with chipotle.

The pizza was tasty but, at $14, pretty expensive considering the small size. I finished off the whole pizza with no difficulty.

Also, given how hip and funky this place aims to be, it surprised me that there are no vegan cheeses or vegan mockmeat toppings offered here (how about some Daiya vegan cheese? Or a nut cheese, like the "rinotta" offered at Pizza Luce in the Twin Cities? Or some phony pepperoni and Gimme Lean vegan sausage?). Roman Candle is missing out on serving its vegan and vegetarian customers better; moreover, no other place in Madison offers any of those items, so Roman Candle could fill a great niche.

Also, there are no vegan desserts, which is amazing given that they serve ice cream from The Chocolate Shoppe (which carries at least two vegan ice cream flavors at its downtown Madison branch). They could also source some of the amazing vegan desserts served at The Green Owl or the Willy Street Co-op, both just down the road.

The service was really friendly, though it took a good 20 minutes for my pizza to arrive, even though the place wasn't busy when I visited.

All told, Roman Candle is not bad, but they could easily improve themselves by adding some vegan options.

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11am - 10pm
11am - 11pm
11am - 10pm

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