August 20, 2008 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla., - Pizza Fusion (www.pizzafusion.com), America's most environmentally friendly restaurant, was recognized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Friday as one the top 10 vegan-friendly pizzerias in the U.S. Voted on by PETA members, Pizza Fusion was recognized as "the biggest vegan-friendly pizzeria" for their vegan menu options, including a number of specialty pizzas that can be made with the organic restaurant's available soy cheese.
"Any way you slice it, Pizza Fusion's vegan pizza offers all of the flavor but none of the cholesterol and cruelty that come with meat and cheese," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Pizza Fusion is a great example of the growing number of restaurants meeting America's hunger for healthy and humane cuisine."
In addition to pizza, Pizza Fusion also serves vegan brownies, breadsticks, sodas and wine. The organic, eco-friendly restaurant chain has specialized in vegan options from their early days, prior to launching their franchise program.
"For making a tasty pizza with vegan options, we felt it was only right to include Pizza Fusion on our Top 10 vegan-friendly pizzerias list," Lindsay Rajt, spokesperson for PETA, states. "By providing vegan options, these pizzerias not only make vegans happy but help show others that you can still have a good pizza that is healthier for you, without any animal suffering. Our list was compiled from the nominations of our very well traveled staff here at PETA who are constantly on the road speaking up for animals."
Today, a number of Pizza Fusion locations around the country participate in the company's 'love your vegan' day where patrons receive free soy cheese on their pizza.
"With a number of vegan and vegetarian friends myself, I have a tremendous respect for the vegan community," Vaughan Lazar, co-founder and CEO of Pizza Fusion, states. "Catering to their needs was crucial for us from the very beginning of our operations. We're extremely honored to be recognized by our vegan friends at PETA."
To view a complete list of PETA's top 10 vegan-friendly pizzerias, visit: http://blog.vegcooking.com/2008/08/top_10_veganfriendly_pizzerias.php. For additional information on how PETA compiled this list of vegan-friendly pizzerias, contact Lisa Rajt, PETA spokesperson, at 757-943-7456.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns. For information, visit: www.peta.org.
Founded in the best interest of the individual and the environment, Pizza Fusion combines an eclectic, organic menu with an industry-leading environmental approach to restaurant service in chic LEED certified dining establishments. Pizza Fusion specializes in gourmet pizza, ciabatta sandwiches, salads, desserts, beers, wines and more in their purest form - untainted by artificial additives, such as pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. For additional information, visit: www.pizzafusion.com.