It embarrasses the Snob to admit that there was a time in his life when he was not involved in serious pizza eating. This period of lost opportunity existed during my vegan years when my family and I stopped eating all meat and dairy. The dairy part eventually came to an end when I realized that pizza and ice cream were just too good to give up. Fowl and fish later returned to my diet, but unless you like weird toppings, that has nothing to do with pizza.
During these desperate years, I still ate a lot of pizza using soy cheese as an alternative to good old mootz. The family and I would make our own homemade pies with readymade crusts for weekend movies nights. Back in these days before Whole Foods took over and standardized their menu, master chef, “Bawb,” at the old Wild Oats in Green Hills made a killer soy cheese slice. But, the real go-to place for a great soy cheese pie was the late DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza.
Running from 1986 through 2010, they resided in an old converted house in Midtown. DaVinci’s pie was really not the true classic style, and they were more known for their topping-laden gourmet pies. They used excellent ingredients, however, and cooked a nice thin and tasty pie. They would even let us bring our own soy cheese if they had run out! In later years, I got to try their real cheese pizza, and it was a tasty treat.
Sadly, some things happened, and they are not with us anymore. The Nashville Scene reported on DaVinci’s demise here.
Here are a few old photos of the kids with some DaVinci’s pies out on their front patio. Back then, our toppings of choice were red peppers, black olives and onions. Oh, how things change!
WHERE IT WAS
DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza
(off West End Avenue between 18th and 19th)
Nashville, TN 37203