2012 November: NYPD Pizza Debuts The Veganizza

PHOENIX (November 5, 2012) – Just in time for World Vegan Month in November, NYPD Pizza is excited to announce the debut of The Veganizz, a specialty vegan pizza made with Daiya dairy-free cheese and topped with spinach, garlic, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil. Daiya cheese is now available for all pizzas on its expansive menu at no additional cost. The Veganizza™ will be available starting today at all store locations.

“We are committed to creating menu options that appeal to every person’s preference, lifestyle and diet,” says Richard Stark, CEO of NYPD Pizza. “With the growing demand for healthful vegan and gluten-free options, we have tailored our menu to accommodate every taste.”

This summer, NYPD Pizza challenged its Facebook fans to originate a name for the new vegan pizza. With much fanfare, a local Phoenix resident named the pie, The Veganizza. Next month, The Veganizza will be an exclusive national trademark of Ziegler’s NYPD, LLC.

In addition to its vegan menu, NYPD Pizza has rolled out its gluten-free menu1 to eight of its ten store locations by the end of this year (the Camelback and the Sky Harbor International Airport locations in Phoenix are set for a later date). The food is prepared in dedicated gluten-free ovens. The gluten-free menu features 12-inch pizzas with an assortment of toppings, Broadway Bruschetta and Spinach Artichoke Dip.

“We recognize the need for a healthy alternative for those seeking a gluten-free or vegan-friendly restaurant in the Valley,” adds Stark.

This year, the Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned a national survey to evaluate the increased number of vegetarians and vegans in the United States. The survey concluded that the number of vegetarians in the United States was about 4 percent, or 9 million adults, 2 million of which were vegans. The report also found that Western United States had the highest percentage of vegetarians and vegans.

The heightened awareness for Veganism may be attributed to recent vegan celebrity converts like Usher, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway and President Bill Clinton.

Whether you eat vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, or are looking to explore new flavors, NYPD Pizzas’ menu serves to all tastes. For more information about The Veganizza, or to learn more about NYPD Pizza’s ten locations throughout metro-Phoenix, visit www.aznypdpizza.com, or follow on Twitter: @NYPD_Pizza and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewYorkPizzaDepartment.

About NYPD Pizza
It’s been more than 16 years since Scott and Greg Ziegler moved to the Valley from Long Island to open their first NYPD Pizza neighborhood restaurants. Now locally-owned and operated by Richard Stark, CEO and majority shareholder, NYPD has served more than 2.5 million pizzas.

NYPD Pizza’s recipes have been handed down by three generations. Although their Family Kitchens are located in the desert, the water is produced with a special New York water filtration system that makes the signature crust taste extra chewy and crunchy. NYPD only uses vine-ripened tomatoes and exclusive cheese blends imported from Wisconsin and California.

NYPD Pizza won the 2012 and 2011 Phoenix New Times Readers’ Choice award for “Best Slice” and was named “Best Italian” at TASTE Chandler’s Culinary Festival 2011. Carryout, delivery, express lunch specials and catering services are available at all ten Valley-wide locations. For more information please visit www.aznypdpizza.com.

(1) While NYPD Pizza strives to ensure that all gluten-free menu items are 100% gluten-free, the restaurant cannot guarantee it as the kitchens house ingredients containing gluten.