America's Top Takeout Treat Reflects Rising Demand for Vegan Options
For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
New Orleans – As demand for delicious vegan meals soars at hot spots across the country, PETA’s “official” tasters set out to find the Top 10 Vegan Pizzas in time for National Pizza Pie Day on February 9, and the Red Beans and Rice Pizza at New Orleans’ Mid City Pizza has beat out a throng of competitors to take home first-place honors, including a letter of congratulations and a framed certificate. As its name suggests and created in true Louisiana fashion, this savory pie is topped with a generous helping of red beans and rice. Mid City Pizza offers a broad selection of other animal-friendly pizzas to boot, with vegan cheese available by request.
“As a delicious take on a New Orleans classic, the Red Beans and Rice Pizza won our hearts with its mouthwatering flavor and cruelty-free ingredients,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With so many tasty vegan options widely available, PETA is calling on caring people everywhere to kick dairy products to the curb in favor of a scrumptious slice of vegan pizza.”
As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” cows exploited for their milk are genetically manipulated to produce four and a half times the amount of milk that they naturally would and are often mutilated without receiving any painkillers whatsoever.
Taking second place in PETA’s roundup is the delicious The Works pizza, created by 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe on Long Island, N.Y. Nabbing third place is the Sweet Potato of Mine, a veggie-packed pie from Silly’s Restaurant in Portland, Maine, while fourth place goes to the decadently noodle- and vegan cheese–topped Vegan Mac from Dimo’s in Chicago. The Loaded Potato Pizza—brimming with tempeh “bacon” bits—from Brick Road Pizza Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., claims spot number five, and pies from pizzerias in Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Kansas City, Mo.; Providence, R.I.; and Flagstaff, Ariz., fill out the top 10.
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