Toppers Pizza recently introduced three vegan pizza specials which feature Follow Your Heart cheese and Gardein breaded chicken (per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). I’m impressed by the selection, and we can all send thanks to Melanie Manuel, owner and founder of Celesta, a vegan restaurant in Milwaukee. Melanie was the menu consultant, which seems to have given Toppers an edge over other places who have made weak attempts to provide vegan options.
The Korean BBQ pizza includes Korean bbq sauce, cheese, crispy chicken, onions, and green peppers. This one ended up being way too spicy for me, though I liked the gochujang flavor. I’m also not a fan of Korean sauces mixed with cheese, so if I get brave enough to try this again in the future, I’ll get it sans cheese.
The Tuscano comes with red sauce, cheese, garlic-roasted tomatoes, green olives, and spinach. I asked for green olives on half because I hate olives, but they left them off entirely – a win for me! The pizza had a good amount of sauce, and I’m a huge sucker for red sauce. This was my favorite, but the Buffalo Chicken almost topped it.
The Buffalo Chicken pizza includes buffalo sauce, cheese, crispy chicken, green onions, and Follow Your Heart ranch. This one is delicious, but it was too spicy for me. Times like these remind me how much of a Minnesotan I am! Next time I’ll plan to have additional ranch on hand to help tone down the heat. The Gardein chicken gets nice and crispy which adds a boost of texture.
Toppers has added a page on their website that lists their vegan-friendly options, though keep in mind that cross-contamination can occur. In a local Facebook group, several people have posted about getting dairy cheese and animal meat, so feel free to wait a few weeks while they get used to working with vegan ingredients. One helpful thing I read in the group is that the Gardein chicken is breaded, while the animal meat is not, so that’s something to look out for. And you can see in the photos above what the Follow Your Heart cheese should look like; it’s very different in appearance from dairy cheese.
From what I’ve seen, these options are available at all Toppers locations. If you try them, I’d love to hear what you think!
For other vegan pizza options in the Twin Cities, check out this post.