America's Top Takeout Treat Reflects Rising Demand for Vegan Options
For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2015
Sophia Charchuk 202-438-7382
Providence, R.I. – 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 vegan version of the Figgy Stardust at Providence’s Nice Slice has beaten out a throng of competitors to take home ninth-place honors, including a letter of congratulations and a framed certificate. Topped with a succulent blend of figs, arugula, and vegan cheese, the Figgy Stardust is a customizable crowd-pleaser drawing locals and visitors alike.
“Loaded with cruelty-free flavor and fresh, delicious ingredients, the Figgy Stardust was a shoo-in for our top 10 list,” 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 top honors in PETA’s roundup is the delicious Red Beans and Rice Pizza, created in true Louisiana fashion by New Orleans’ Mid City Pizza, while The Works at 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe on Long Island, N.Y., grabs second place. 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 The 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.; and Flagstaff, Ariz., fill out the top 10.
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