A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.
Despite not having much energy and my lack of mobility, I was determined to eat out at a restaurant during my stay in Brighton. My lovely friend Bryn suggested heading down to Purezza, a new (for me at least) Vegan Italian place in town.
We had a gentle stroll down and got there for around 7pm. There were no free tables as the place was absolutely packed, but we were told the wait wouldn’t be too long and given menu’s to check out.
Oh my gosh, there was so much to choose from here. I got really excited about the various pizza’s on offer and then spotted Mac n Cheese. Goddammit, it’s not fair to have both pizza and mac on the menu! Luckily for me, Bryn is an absolute babe and offered to share a main course of Mac as a side dish. A genius idea that I was incredibly grateful for, this man understands me <3, he is a good human.
I was still umming and ahhing over what pizza I fancied by the time we were given a table. It took me a while to choose between the Parmiagana Party (Smoked Mozzarella, fried sausage, fried aubergine, nooch and basil) and the One Night in Bangkok (white base, stir fried veg, sprouted beans, peanut sauce and siracha). I decided to go for the Parmiagana because I frigging love sausage.
Look at that pizza. So beautiful. I have to say, this was really really good. I love sourdough pizza bases and the toppings worked really well together. I devoured this.
I also got to try some of Bryn’s Couch Potato (white base, smoked mozzarella, sliced roast potatoes, fried aubergine and pea pancetta). THIS WAS A GOOD CHOICE. A GOOD CHOICE INDEED! Roast potatoes on pizza is a genius idea. I love carbs and loved my slice of heaven.
I also really liked the Mac n Cheese. It had the delicious pea pancetta on top, but I’m also sure that there was pea in the cheese sauce, it had a really unusual sweetness to it. It wasn’t the cheesiest mac I’ve had, but it was super tasty, different from anything I’ve had and had a beautiful savoury taste to it. It was a bit weird, but in a good way for me, I loved it.
After eating all this, I was absolutely stuffed. Which was a real shame because there were some amazing sounding desserts that I wanted to try…Oreo Pizza anyone?
Overall, I was super impressed with my visit to Purezza. Service was great, the food came out quickly and it all tasted amazing. It is quite pricey, but then it’s not your typical fast food pizza and I thought the quality of the food was definitely worth the price. The menu has some really interesting combinations on it, I’m definitely going to have to return and try out some more dishes…the Lasagne, Raw Smoked Salmon and Cheesy Bites are calling my name!