Meat caused too much food waste. So this Montreal Pizzeria went vegan.
Pizzeria in Montreal Chez Zac Recently, the restaurant converted its restaurant into a fully vegan pizzeria to reduce food waste from meat products. Although the pizzeria originally offered a vegan menu alongside meat and vegetarian options, Chez Zac owner Dj Bhate says the vegan pizzas outperformed the other options.
“We chose a plant-based diet because we throw away a lot of our meat products every day and every week,” Bhate told VegNews. “Originally, in addition to meat and vegetable options, we also had a vegan menu and the vegan pizzas did quite well in comparison. We thought it would be better to just focus on the vegan menu so we added a couple of pizzas [the existing vegan menu] so we have many options. The response so far has been great and very encouraging. “
Vegan pizza menu
The pizzeria reopened earlier this month with a new menu of 13 vegan pizzas, including the award-winning Lisa Simpson (marinara sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, almonds, and vegan cheese); Vegan Thai (Thai peanut sauce, artichokes, coriander, roasted red peppers, spring onions, sriracha, and vegan cheese); and VLQ (marinara sauce, mushrooms, seitan, green peppers and vegan cheese).
Chez Zac shared the news of his vegan switch to his 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 pastry, basic sauces and the use of fresh ingredients. One downside we noticed is the amount of food waste, especially meat products, ”wrote the pizzeria. “That’s why we decided to expand our vegan range to include a plant-based pizzeria. We understand this may disappoint some of our current customers, but we are confident that you will still enjoy the pizzas and that we will fill in the gaps in the flavor element. “
Vegan pizza in Canada
Although all-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 meat.
In 2017, Pizza Pizza added vegan Violife cheese to the menu in 419 locations across Canada and Super Plant Pizza in more than 750 locations in 2019. The menu item consists of a cauliflower-based crust and comes with vegan hot peppers from Yves Veggie Cuisine, vegan chorizo from Field Roast and milk-based mozzarella – which can be substituted for the chain’s vegan cheese for a completely plant-based pizza.
Earlier this month, international chain Pizza Hut Beyond Italian added sausage crumbles in select locations in Canada. The new vegan meat was created exclusively for Pizza Hut Canada in collaboration with Beyond Meat and is presented in three new menu items: The Great Beyond (a pizza specialty with Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, a vegetable topping with sliced red onions and banana peppers, and served on a Pizza Hut -Crust); Beyond Italian Sausage Alfredo Loaded Flatbread (a crispy flatbread made with Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, roasted red peppers, milk-based Alfredo sauce, and milk-based mozzarella cheese); and Beyond Creamy Alfredo (a milk-based Alfredo pasta with Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese).
The Canadian bread bakery COBS entered the trend at the beginning of the year with the introduction of the vegan Arrabbiata Mini Pizzas. The plant-based pizza squares feature Beyond Meat Italian Sausage Crumbles, roasted red peppers, a flavorful arrabbiata tomato sauce, and vegan Nabati mozzarella cheese on a fermented Turkish batter basis.