A MOD Pizza recently opened in my town, and I eagerly visited with my good friend Caroline. This fast, “Subway-style” pizza chain lets you build your own pizza right at the counter and takes just minutes to bake it up. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, a big assortment of dairy-free toppings, and even a gluten-free crust. The manager we spoke with also said that their menu is completely nut-free, even the pesto. However, I don’t believe that the pesto is dairy free.
The dairy-free cheese alternative that they use is the “new” Daiya, which is a little sticky, but very melty and quite tasty. Even Caroline thought it was delicious atop our custom made pizza.
Their primary pizza dough is vegan, but we didn’t inquire on the gluten-free crust. The red sauce, BBQ sauce, and garlic rub are also dairy-free, and so are several of their finishing sauces. We tried the fig balsamic glaze on the side, and it was sweetly delicious. We were also told that all of their meats are dairy-free, but double check at the restaurant before ordering. They do not seem to have any vegan meat alternatives at this time, but they do have a lot of fun veggie toppings.
As for severe allergies, MOD Pizza has the same concerns of cross-contamination as any restaurant. The dairy-free cheese at the location we visited was kept in a separate container away from the other ingredients. But you would need to speak with the location you visit to find out how they handle cross-contamination prevention.
Although prices can vary by locations, our local MOD Pizza was very affordable. We split the satisfying 11-inch pizza shown her for just $8.50!
Where to Find MOD Pizza
At last count, MOD Pizza had locations in 28 states, and a few in U.K. And they seem to be opening new restaurants at a very rapid rate. See their website below for addresses, phone numbers, hours, and the main menu.