Die Pie: A Vegan Restaurant In Edmonton That Keeps Us Coming Back

Last Updated on February 25, 2024 by Kari

Die Pie is a vegan pizza place in Edmonton Alberta. They have more than just pizza, though. They have pasta, burgers, wings, fries, and more. They’ve been open, on and off, for years. When we first found them a few years ago, I was thrilled! Vegan pizza with cheese that isn’t just Daiya cheese! Yes, please! We’ve had some ups and downs with them over the years, but it seems they’ve settled into a new place and are doing more of a consistent good job… although, there are still some misses.

We’ve Gone To Die Pie Often And Experienced A Lot Of Screw Ups Over The Years

We used to go to Die Pie all the time in their Downtown locations – both of them. And there were a lot of screwups.

For instance, we once ordered their truffle fries, which has sunflower parmesan and truffle olive oil. We got just fries. We paid way too much for just fries. We could have gone to McDonalds. And when I wrote in to tell them about it, they basically told me that things happen and mistakes are made.

That was after a multitude of mishaps with them, and we just stopped going. Then they closed down during Covid and reopened later at another place downtown, so we tried again. They were consistently good at that place.

They have moved from that place and have expanded their menu in their newest location. They are still good, however, we’ve still had some mishaps.

We’ve gotten the wrong pizza, which we didn’t find out till we got home.

We’ve gotten the wrong dips – a lot. Also, the to-go dips are in the worst containers and often spill out either on your hands or in the container where your bites are held. We got home once and all the queso dip was all over the bottom of the container.

We’ve had way overcooked pizza bites, which was extremely disappointing.

We ordered the nachos once and they were cold. I’m not sure if that’s how they were supposed to be, but there was no one else in the restaurant, so I guess so! That was disappointing so we never ordered them again.

And, we’ve waited for OVER an hour during pickup for a pizza that was obviously sitting there the whole time because when we got it to the car (a one minute walk) it was cold.

I’ve also seen the waitress on her phone while skip the dishes is trying to get her attention for minutes, and if I’ve seen that once, I’m sure it’s happened before and contributes to the overall wait time for pickup.

Note: There is a new guy serving at Die Pie and he is excellent. I’m not sure of his name, but he has a long white beard and he understands how to treat a customer. He’s quick to help you and knows exactly what you need when you need it. He’s really good and they’re lucky to have him there now.

How To Order At Die Pie

When we first found them in downtown, it was like a normal restaurant. A waitress would come and take your order. But in their latest place, you have to order at the counter, and then they bring the stuff out to you.

As of this week, they are now taking orders at the table, which is nice, but you still have to pay up front. Update: You can pay at your table now.

One thing I noticed is that since they are taking orders at the table, one of the waitresses who used to not do very much as done a 180 and she is stepping up her game, which is nice to see both for her as an employee and for us as a customer!

They Haven’t Taken Criticism Well At Die Pie

In my experience, Die Pie doesn’t take criticism well. I like to review things and I speak up when something isn’t right, so I’ve written in a few times to let them know that we didn’t get what we expected or that something was wrong, and they’ve been very defensive about it.

Because of this, I don’t write in anymore when things go wrong (like the overcooked pizza bites or the ridiculous wait).

I’m not a fan of businesses that don’t take constructive criticism because it means they are not willing to improve. It makes me want to boycott them. But they are the only place with really interesting and good vegan pizza, so I can’t do that.

The Have Thick Pizza On Thursdays

Die Pie’s crust is usually a thinner crust, and it’s good. But if you prefer thicker crust, they have a thick crust that is amazing and it’s only served on Thursdays.

We have gotten their regular crust since we’ve started eating at Die Pie all those years ago. But the other day we wanted pizza on a Thursday, which isn’t normal, and decided to give their thick crust a try.

At first we didn’t think we liked it as much as the thin crust, but the next day, when reheating a piece of pizza in the air fryer, the edges got all nice and crispy and it was delicious!

Even someone who usually picks around the dough will likely eat it all because the dough both on the edges and inside is so good. It’s so soft and chewy and delicious all at the same time. I guess because it’s sourdough it tastes different than any other thick dough I’ve had. I can’t say for sure, but I can say that if all thick crust tasted like that, it’s all I would get.

Now we have to try all our favorites on thick crust.

Thick Crust Meat Lovers

Thick Crust Meat Lovers

Our Favorites At Die Pie

We have a few favorites at Die Pie.

The Poutine

Die Pie’s gravy is really good. The poutine comes with mozzarella and an aioli sauce. The mozzarella doesn’t have much of a taste. It’s not like squeaky cheese. It’s very, very soft. But when you are in the mood for poutine, Die Pie’s creamy version hits the spot.

The Perogy Pizza

I’ve actually made a perogy pizza at home based off Die Pie’s pizza. This pizza was the only pizza I was ever able to get my dad to eat at Die Pie, and he enjoyed it, which is saying a lot. If he knew something was vegan, he was often already turned off by it. But, this pizza he liked, so I highly recommend trying if you like perogies.  It has feta, potato, cheddar sauce, sour cream, onions, and bacon flavored parmesan.

The Pickle Pizza

This pizza is good. It has pickles, red onions, dill, jalapenos, pickle seasoning, feta, mozza, chedda, and a dill cream sauce. It’s a little spicy with the jalapenos, which we like. The various cheeses on here work well together, and I especially like the feta cheese. The dill cream sauce is good. It’s just a good pizza overall.

The Black Garlic Truffle

This is also a good pizza at Die Pie. It has an aioli with black garlic and truffle, mozza, gorgonzola, chickpea parmesan, and baby greens. The black garlic and truffle aioli is kick ass good. My favorite part is the Gorgonzola, but it all blends together on the pizza to give a delicious taste with each bite. Even the baby greens are good on this pizza. This vegan pizza has to be eaten to understand the taste and how good it is.

black truffle garlic pizza die pie

The  Mediterranean Pizza

 Mediterranean Pizza vegan die pie

Mediterranean Pizza On Thick Crust

This just got added not long ago and I love it. It’s like their habanero hell, but without the habanero.

They put olives, feta, pickled onions, pickled jalapenos, and basil on it. Doesn’t sound like a ton, but the taste is on point!

The Cheddar Bites

We have tried all of their cheddar bites – plain cheese, with pickles, and with kimchi. The dough is really good. I like the plain the best, but these are often inconsistent. Sometimes you get a lot of cheese in them and sometimes you get next to nothing. Sometimes you get a lot of sunflower parmesan and sometimes you get next to nothing or nothing at all.

These are best hot from the restaurant. We live quite far away, and letting them sit reduces how good they are.

But, the worst is when these are overcooked. They dry up pretty fast and don’t taste good, even if you eat them from the restaurant.

A Little Trick We Learned For Heating Die Pie Pizzas

Because we live far away and we often have to pick the pizza up on the way home from work, we always kind of have colder pizza that we had to throw in the microwave.

The pizza does taste good cold, but if you want it hot, throw it in the oven at about 325. For some reason it crisps up the crust in the oven and it tastes almost like fried pizza or maybe like really good toast with delicious toppings on it.

If you are just doing one or two pieces, you can use the air fryer too at 350 for a few minutes. Just as good.

All Their Desserts Are Good

I’ve never had a dessert at Die Pie that I didn’t like.

The cheesecakes are my favorite. They are always very smooth and tasty, no matter what kind of cheesecake it is.

cranberry orange cheesecake vegan die pie

Smores Vegan Cheesecake

Smores Cheezecake

Strawberry Captain Crunch Cheezecake

My favorite vegan cheesecake from die pie was the Oreo cheesecake, but I didn’t get a picture. I ate it way too fast.

Specials We’ve Tried At Die Pie

Die Pie always has a ‘special’ pizza of the week (sometimes it’s on the menu longer). We don’t tend to sway too much from what we like but if we try one, I’ll add it here.

The Habanero Hell: No picture because it was too good to stop and admire. And we’ve had this pizza many times. This pizza would be my go-to pizza if they had it on the menu. The closest thing to it on the menu is the Mediterranean pizza, which is equally good, just with less kick.

Beetza pizza. This pizza has beets, arugula, dill, fennel, and beet greens with chickpea parmesan and ricotta. Wow. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but we do like borscht and we had to try it. It’s good. There’s a taste of coconut, which I think is from the ricotta, but that’s my only complaint. My husband really like it. It tastes like you would expect it to taste like – beets and greens on a pizza with some creaminess to it. I actually liked this pizza better cold than warm. The flavors of everything stood out to me more. But, warm or cold, it really does remind me of a bowl of Borsch – but slightly different. And, beets are good for you, so this pizza is good for you… and that’s always good.

beet pizza

Die Pie Keeps Us Coming Back

All in all, the food is good at Die Pie if it’s cooked right and has what it’s supposed to on it. We’ve had quite a few mishaps, though. Maybe we are just unfortunate? I don’t know. But we keep trying, so that’s saying something.

Update February 2024: We’ve been going to Die Pie a lot since our dog passed away and they have been a hit every single time. The only mishap we had was with the dip containers busting open on the way home somehow, but other than that, we’ve enjoyed every bite and they’ve been consistently good besides some slight overcooking. They’ve started selling a few of their cheeses from their store (only available to purchases as preorder online right now), so I will be making a few dishes with those.

You can find them on Facebook here or at their website here.

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