Montreal pizzeria Chez Zac recently transformed its restaurant into a fully vegan pizzeria in an effort to reduce the food waste it produced with meat products. Although the pizzeria originally offered a vegan menu in addition to meat and vegetarian options, Chez Zac owner Dj Bhate says vegan pizzas outperformed other options.
“We decided to go to plants because we were throwing away a lot of our meat products daily and weekly,” Bhate told VegNews. “We originally had a vegan menu on top of having meat and veg options and the vegan pizzas were doing pretty well in comparison. We thought it would be best to just focus on the vegan menu, so we added a few pizzas to [the existing vegan menu] so we have a lot of options. The response so far has been excellent and very encouraging.
Vegan pizza menu
The pizzeria reopened earlier this month with a new menu featuring 13 vegan pizzas, such as award-winning Lisa Simpson (marinara sauce, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, almonds and vegan cheese); Vegan Thai (Thai peanut sauce, artichokes, cilantro, roasted red peppers, green onions, Sriracha and vegan cheese); and VLQ (marinara sauce, mushrooms, seitan, green peppers and vegan cheese).
Chez Zac shared the news of their vegan transition with their fans on social media, assuring them that the change would result in delicious pizzas but without animal products and unnecessary waste. “We attach great importance to our light crust dough, our basic sauces and the use of fresh ingredients. One negative point that we have noticed is the amount of food waste, especially with meat products, ”the pizzeria said. “As a result, we have decided to expand our vegan menu to become a plant-based pizzeria. We understand that this may disappoint some of our current clientele, but we are confident that you will always enjoy the pizzas and that we will fill in the gaps on the taste element.
Vegan Pizza in Canada
While fully vegan pizzerias are rare, major pizza chains across Canada are also noticing the growing demand for vegan options and many have updated their menus accordingly. Chains like Pizza Nova, Panago Pizza and Pizzaiolo now offer options like vegan cheese and meats.
In 2017, Pizza Pizza added Violife vegan cheese to the menu at 419 locations across Canada, and in 2019, it added Super Plant pizza to over 750 locations. The menu item is a cauliflower-based crust and is topped with vegan pepperoni from Yves Veggie Cuisine, vegan chorizo from Field Roast, and dairy-based mozzarella, which can replace the chain vegan cheese for an all-vegetable product. Pizza.
Earlier this month, the international Pizza Hut chain added Beyond Italian Sausage Crumbles in select locations across Canada. The new vegan meat was created exclusively for Pizza Hut Canada in partnership with Beyond Meat and is featured on three new menu items: The Great Beyond (a specialty pizza topped with Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, vegetable toppings including sliced red onions and and served on any Pizza Hut crust); Loaded Beyond Italian Sausage Alfredo Flatbread (a crispy flatbread topped with Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, roasted red peppers, dairy-based Alfredo sauce, and dairy-based mozzarella cheese); and Beyond Creamy Alfredo (a dairy-based alfredo pasta dish topped with Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, onions, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese).
Canadian bakery COBS jumped on the trend earlier this year with the launch of Arrabbiata vegan mini pizzas. Plant-based pizza squares include Beyond Meat Italian Sausage Crumbles, Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce, and Vegan Nabati Mozzarella Cheese on a Fermented Turkish Dough Base.
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