Lilly's Pizza

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 10 reviews )

1813 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 27608

Serves meat, vegan options available. Pizza place with micro-brews. Lots of toppings. Customize your pizza with non-dairy cheese, vegan chicken strip, fresh veggies, etc. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, American, Pizza, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by alexa.richards12

Lots of veg options! - Edit

I've been to Lily's twice before and have gotten pizzas loaded with vegetarian toppings - all delicious! The wait for food can be a little long and I don't love the prices, but at least the food is good.

Pros: Lots of vegetarian options, Good food

Cons: Expensive, Long

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Terrible experience - Edit

Order the Vegan Stromboli and it came out with real cheese!! They took it back and then it came out wrong again.

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dough? - Edit

I ordered a vegan stromboli but the cashier asked if it was ok that there is honey in the dough. FYI.

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Not truly vegan - Edit

Lilly's pizza crust is not vegan because it contains honey. While you can special order a crust without the honey, what's frustrating is that after I asked them about it on social media, they said they something along the lines of "all the vegans we know are okay with honey in our crust" and something like "our honey comes from happy bees." Fine, whatever, except the world-wide definition of vegan excludes consumption of honey. And if the majority of vegans that eat at Lilly's in the Triangle are okay with honey they are a smaller population. I hope it's obvious they would say that statement because all the other vegans NOT okay with honey are eating at every other place that doesn't use animal products in their pizza crust).

Oh, how I wish Lilly's would switch to maple syrup or agave because the crust is very good, they have delicious tofu and vegan cheese as toppings, and they're local. They are SUPER busy during the weekends and you'll want to plan to wait a bit. Parking can be difficult. I haven't been there since finding out their "vegan" pizza has honey nor do I want to put in the effort to special order pizza without honey. Also I can think of 6 other places that offer pizza with vegan cheese.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-11

Pros: vegan options like tofu and cheese, will let you special order crust without honey

Cons: crust contains honey aka not vegan, long wait times

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Dough Contains Honey - Edit

Ethical vegans may have an issue eating here. As of July 2016 the dough still contains honey. This came as a surprise as I have been ordering the pizza (including the "vegan stromboli") for months now and was never informed by staff. Giving a low rating due to the lack of transparency. Lilly's says "the majority of vegans to whom we disclose this still return and don't consider it an issue". It appears that honey, instead of an alternative like agave, is in the dough for health and environmental concerns. Supposedly you may order the dough without honey however last time I did that they gave me no olive oil on the crust (not sure what happened there, if there was no honey in the crust or if they misunderstood the request).

Aside from that they have a good mock chicken (assuming it actually is vegan), and a large menu with many options. The only other issues I have with Lilly's is it is expensive and takes a while to get your order. I cannot call on Friday or Saturday nights to place an order because they either 1. don't pick up, or 2. say they are putting me on hold but actually hang up. Good pizza but I'm not sure it outweighs the other issues.

Pros: good pizza, large menu

Cons: honey in dough, long wait times, expensive

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I don't understand this crack tofu. - Edit

Seriously the best pizza I have ever had. I came here with my boyfriend and we shared a vegan pie, adding the atomic tofu. That tofu changed my life. I do not even understand how one can create tofu that is that magical. I typically steer clear of tofu because so many places are unable to cook it well. Um, this place is far from one of them. They got that tofu down pat.

As for the rest of the pizza, the crust and all the toppings were incredible. I was so pleased with how fresh the ingredients were. It was easy to order and the staff was nice. The man who took our order was a tad slow with his knowledge of veganism, but the menu was clear as to what was and what was not vegan. They also have calzones and other options for vegan folk, as well as the gluten free population.

I will be returning here as soon as I can. I also have told most people who I am friends with that they are seriously missing out on pizza if they do not eat here.

Pros: TOFU!, Awesome food, Clear menu

Cons: Staff confusion

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Crust contains honey. - Edit

Though they advertise as being vegan friendly and will sell you a "vegan" pizza, be aware that their crust contains honey.

Cons: will knowingly sell you a non-vegan product

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Lilly's - Edit

I had the Buddha pizza pie which included daiya, roasted kalamata olives,zucchini, tomatoes,and spinach. This place does excellent vegan white sauce and the daiya melted well. To my surprise this pizza tatse good cold too just like the normal stuff. The atmosphere is so so. It's more like a new wave dive for millenials in the form of a resturant. Parking would be tough on a week day from 5 to 7 since its in the downtown area of Raleigh. Prices are reasonable.

Pros: pizza's can be veganized, reasonable prices, plenty of seating, indoor/outdoor

Cons: limited parking, punk/hardcore radio can be distracting

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One of my favorites - Edit

Love the vegan stromboli. Mondays you get beer on the cheap. Love the tofu salad too - one of my favorite salads anywhere ever.

Pros: delicious food, well-priced, good location

Cons: ordering & getting your food can be slow, they get REALLY busy, sometimes confusing if you're not a local/regular.

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Give it a go - Edit

I've been here a few times with friends and I usually leave feeling very satisfied. In addition to vegan cheeses, they have vegan chicken strips but I usually stick to vegetables. They have a great pizza and I usually order a whole one for myself so I can have leftovers.

My personal favorite is the vegan stromboli. Highly recommend to anyone but I would split it- it's huge!

Pros: Big Portions, Good Value

Cons: Usually Crowded, Takes a while

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