Panago Pizza adds vegan Daiya cheese to menu

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      Vegans no longer have to settle for a (sad) cheeseless pie when ordering from Panago Pizza.

      That's because the popular pizza delivery company has added Daiya dairy-free cheese to its menu options.

      On its corporate Facebook page, Panago posted today (May 26):

      We’re excited to introduce the delicious and dairy free Daiya Cheese to our menu! Whether you’re dairy intolerant, allergic, vegan, or want to try something new - we’re on it!

      Daiya is free for personal size pizzas. There's an extra charge for Daiya on small (25 cents), medium (50 cents), and large (75 cents) pizzas.

      By the way, Panago's crusts and tomato sauces are free of milk and eggs, and meat-free pepperoni is on the list of toppings.

      Update (May 28): While the gluten-free crust is vegan, the others are not because they contain animal-derived L-cysteine.


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      May 26, 2014 at 5:43pm

      Too bad it's not vegan. Panago posted that there is l-cysteine in the crust


      May 26, 2014 at 10:55pm

      And what is l-cysteine?


      May 27, 2014 at 9:53am

      The "Gluten Smart" crust is vegan... :)


      May 27, 2014 at 1:09pm

      Nate - l-cysteine is derived from human or animal hair (usually animal).


      May 27, 2014 at 1:49pm

      When will vegans admit they are just doing this for attention?


      May 27, 2014 at 2:58pm

      There is also the local Vegan Pizza House on Kingsway, offering pizza, pasta and many other vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free choices.


      May 27, 2014 at 6:16pm

      CommonSen$e - maybe you should do some research on veganism before posting something like that.


      May 27, 2014 at 7:04pm

      Yes, @CommonSen$e, my allergies are totally for attention and not debilitating -_- Being vegan is not for attention, it's so I don't die, and if it helps the planet in the process, good.


      May 28, 2014 at 10:08am

      Thanks for the update!


      May 30, 2014 at 8:26pm

      Being vegan is not something people do for the attention, it is something they do because they realize that it is wrong to exploit and kill billions of sentient beings every year when we don't have too.

      I emailed Panago to ask for more details after reading some of their crusts aren’t vegan. Here is the response I got:

      Thank you for your query. Know there are many types of Vegetarian. A traditional Vegetarian, who would eat dairy, or a Vegan, who would not eat any animal products.

      I have included a list below suitable for a Vegan who would not eat dairy or eggs or any other animal products below. All items, such as the Mono and Diglycerides contained in all below have been confirmed to be vegetable sourced.

      Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions or concerns. We have found both Vegans and Vegetarians define what they do or do not consider acceptable for themselves and would be glad to discuss any specific ingredient.

      Thank You,

      Amy Gunness
      Panago Pizza Inc.

      Below are the current Vegan-friendly options (contains no animal meat or animal byproducts):

      Dough-good for Vegans
      Gluten Free Crust
      Multigrain Hand-Tossed
      Multigrain Thin

      Cheese-good for Vegans

      Sauces-good for Vegans
      Italian Tomato Sauce
      Topical Sauce
      Passata Sauce
      Hot Buffalo Sauce
      Salsa Sauce
      BBQ Sauce

      Toppings-good for Vegans
      Meat-free Pepperoni
      Roasted Garlic
      Jalapeno Peppers
      Hot Banana Peppers
      Roasted Corn Medley
      Kalamata Olives
      Black Olives
      Green Olives
      Fire Roasted Tomatoes
      Mixed Grilled Veggies
      Red Pepper
      Green Pepper
      Red onion
      Cooked tomatoes
      Fresh Tomatoes
      Baby Spinach

      Salads-(dips and dressings below)good for Vegans
      Salads are ok, if any cheese that is not Daiya is removed

      Dips/Dressings-good for Vegans
      Italian Tomato Dip
      BBQ Dip
      Cayenne Hot Sauce Dip

      Shakers-good for Vegans
      Italiano Shaker
      Chilli Shaker

      Cucina Products-good for Vegans
      Panago Cucina Cayenne Hot Sauce