Meat-free Monday: Za Zucca Pizza

It's one guilt-free way to get your veggies in.

By popular request, Tucson Foodie has started a series of vegan meals on Mondays. Look out for our meat-free meal of the week each Monday.

One of the most beautiful pizzas, the Margherita, features no meat; just a simple combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil.

While mozzarella is easy to love, pizza is still beautiful without the cheese.

At Falora, the Za Zucca goes full vegan with a combination of butternut squash puree, zucchini, garlic, sage, and grated Brazil nuts.

The butternut squash puree provides the sauciness with a touch of warm spice. The zucchini adds texture and body, while the garlic and sage complement the squash puree. The grated Brazil nuts provide a light nuttiness (naturally) in a similar way to Parmigiano-Reggiano, without trying to be cheese.

A pizza is only as good as its crust, and thankfully Falora features a beautiful leopard-spotted crust thanks to its pecan wood-fired Stefano Ferrara oven.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit

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