MD & VA – Coal Fire Pizza: A Menu Sprinkled with Dairy-Free Options


Coal Fire Pizza, a small chain in Maryland and Virginia, offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at all of their locations. This cheesy option makes many of their menu items accessible to dairy-free and vegan diners, including pizza. However, you will need to order the gluten-free crust, as the regular crust reportedly contains dairy.

As for other vegan options, you can order the Greek salad, field greens salad, and the roasted veggie coalby sandwich without cheese. And when I asked about dairy-free options, I received the following response:

Almost all of our pizzas are dairy free as long as they are ordered with the Daiya cheese are dairy free.  The only pizzas that are not dairy free are the BBQ chicken, the White pizza, the ricotta infusion and the bianco speciale.

The House salad and the Coal Fire salad are dairy free as are the rest of our salads if you omit the cheese that comes with it or substitute Daiya.  Our wings are dairy free.

All of our pastas have a dairy product in them, the one that would be easiest to serve as dairy free would be the garlic shrimp without the Romano that it is served with.

The coalbys (sandwhiches) that are dairy free are the beef brisket without coleslaw [it contains buttermilk], the cold cut without provolone, the Cajun shrimp, the burger without cheddar cheese, cheddar cheese steak without cheddar, grilled marinated chicken, and coal oven roasted vegetable without goat cheese.

Our appetizers that are dairy free are our fries, bruschetta subbing goat cheese for Daiya or no cheese at all, and our calamari.

Coal Fire Pizza Fuels the Dairy-Free Movement in Maryland and Virginia - they have vegan cheese and gluten-free, dairy-free crust!

Where to Find Coal Fire Pizza

At last count, they had eight locations. See their website for addresses, hours, and a snapshot of their menu.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

1 Comment

  1. Ashley Reynolds on

    I do not recommend coal fire. I have called the location in Hunt Valley and they cook all of their pizzas in the same oven. I asked about cross contamination and the manager could not confirm or deny this possibly happening. They seem extremely lost on dairy allergies.

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