Review: Vegan and gluten-free options at Fatto A Mano

Since bursting onto the Brighton pizza scene with the opening of their London road restaurant, Fatto A Mano quickly established itself as a strong contender for the best pizza in town. Their flavourful Neapolitan pizzas proved so popular that they have since opened a second branch in Hove on Church road, and remain a firm favourite of mine alongside my beloved Pizza 500 and VIP pizza. But,far from sitting on their lorels in the face of success, Fatto a Mano have taken the new restaurant opening as an opportunity to expand their menu offering, and have made some exciting additions based on customer feedback, which I was lucky enough to be invited along to sample.

While Fatto a Mano have undoubtedly mastered the art of creating tasty pizzas with interesting toppings; (smoked ricotta anybody? Yes please); one area theyve previously lagged behind in, compared to local competitors such as Pizza Face, has been their vegan and gluten-free offering. Until now, vegan diners would have had no option other than to forgoe cheese entirely. I was excited to heat that this is no longer the case: Fatto a Mano are now serving a full range of dairy-free and gluten-free pizzas – horrah!

Fatto a Mano – Vegan pizza with ‘mozzarisella’ from Italy

Although I’m a vegetarian and not a vegan, taking part in veganuary at the begunning of the year has made me way more open to exploring vegan choices and trying dairy-free alternatives. I have been suprised to discover along this journey that vegan cheese doesnt necessarily have to taste like plastic bags or old swimming caps as I’d once feared/ believed. Dairy-free cheese has come a long way in recent years and there are some really satisfying options available now.
The vegan-cheese which Fatto a Mano has opted for on their pizzas is a Mozzarisella from Treviso, Italy. The Fatto team said they spent a long time deliberating and selected this particular vegan cheese due to the fact it melts well and has a great flavour. I was really impressed as it had a creamy texture without being overly rich. It’s very different to the vegan cheese on pizzas i’ve tried elsewhere but worked well with the other toppings on the Vegana: Tomato, fried courgettes, caremalised onion and pesto.

Fatto A Mano vegetarian pizzaFatto A Mano vegetarian pizza

Gluten free pizza dough with bite

We sampled both a gluten-free and normal pizza base. Personally, I’m a carbaholic with no quarms about eating all-of-the-regular-dough, but, as so many people seem to be on the gluten-free wagon lately I thought it would be intersting to contrast and compare. In the past when I’ve tried gluten free bread/ pasta/ anything It’s not been a positive experience. For me, the whole joy of eating carbs is the chewy, dense texture which seemed entirely lost in the free-from-gluten versions i’d previously sampled which held no form and crumbled to nothing in your mouth.
Compared to these terrible gluten-free experiences of my past, Fatto a Mano’s pizza base was a definite ray of sunshine in comparison: It held together well, had flavour and maintained a good bite. While I don’t think the gluten-free base compares flabour or texutre wise to the regular dough, and isnt something i would necessarily order again myself, it’s a great addition to the menu for those who do suffer from gluten intolerence.

Gluten-free pizza Fatto A Mano
Aside from the vegan and gluten-free pizzas we also sampled some delicious classics from the menu incuding the bruschetta, rosemary fries, tiramisu and affogato (vanilla gelato with espresso) – belissimo!
In a word I would say that if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant and you enjoy pizza, the new options at Fatto a Mano are most definitley worth trying, so try them for yourself and let me know what you think. Fatto a Mano – Vegan pizza cheese from Italy

Bruschetta Fatto a Mano

 

Aside from the vegan and gluten-free pizzas we also sampled some delicious classics from the menu incuding the bruschetta, rosemary fries, tiramisu and affogato (vanilla gelato with espresso) – belissimo!

Fatto A Mano TirimasuFatto A Mano Tirimasu

In a word I would say that if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant and you enjoy pizza, the new options at Fatto a Mano are most definitley worth trying, so try them for yourself and let me know what you think.

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