America's Top Takeout Treat Reflects Rising Demand for Vegan Options
For Immediate Release:
February 3, 2015
Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382
Portland, Maine – 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 Sweet Potato of Mine at Portland’s Silly’s Restaurant has beaten out a throng of competitors to take home third-place honors, including a letter of congratulations and a framed certificate. Loaded with sweet potatoes, spinach, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, toasted almonds, dried rosemary, and balsamic glaze, the Sweet Potato of Mine is a strong draw for Portland-area residents and visitors.
“The Sweet Potato of Mine offers a heaping helping of comfort food with a cruelty-free twist, and that earns it a well-deserved spot on our 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., stole second place. 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., claimed spot number five, and pies from pizzerias in Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Kansas City, Mo.; Providence, R.I.; and Flagstaff, Ariz., filled out the top 10.
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