Answered by Mufti Yusuf Mullan
In the name of Allah, ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem and may his abundant blessings be showered on his beloved prophet, the best of creation.
In themselves vegetarian and cheese pizzas are permissible for Muslims to order from pizza out-lets and consume. In order to avoid possible contamination as mentioned in the question, employees can be asked to use washed utensils and cutting knifes.
Having undertaken these precautions, eating will be lawful, provided no other clear sign of contamination exists. This is the legal ruling regarding such pizzas.
However, since vegetarian and cheese pizzas are cooked in the same ovens as pizzas with pork and other haram toppings, avoiding even these would be strongly recommended. It is highly possible for the grease from the pork etc. to accumulate on the ceiling of the oven and then drip down onto the vegetarian pizza, thus contaminating it.
And Allah knows best.
[Mufti Yusuf Mullan is Director of the Toronto Shariah Program (www.shariahprogram.ca). After long years of study, he completed the specialization in fiqh & legal verdicts (ifta') under top scholars such as Shaykh Taqi Usmani Shaykh Mahmud Usmani.]
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