Wisconsin-based pizza chain Toppers—known for its cheesy bread and specialty pizzas—is rolling out its first vegan menu created by Milwaukee-based vegan chef Melanie Manuel. The menu features three vegan pizzas: Buffalo Chicken-Less Topper (Buffalo sauce, vegan mozzarella, plant-based crispy chicken, and green onions, drizzled with ranch sauce); Korean BBQ Chicken-less Topper (Korean BBQ sauce, vegan mozzarella, plant-based crispy chicken, onions, and green peppers); and Tuscano Topper (housemade pizza sauce, garlic-roasted tomatoes, green olives, spinach, and vegan mozzarella). Individual pizza toppings such as vegan mozzarella cheese, plant-based crispy chicken, along with sauces and dips such as ranch and Korean BBQ, are also available.
Toppers partnered with Manuel because the bold flavors in her food creations were a fit with the chain’s branding. Manuel hopes the partnership will help normalize vegan food for a larger customer base. “Through partnering with a national pizza chain such as Toppers, I am excited to help them offer delicious plant-based options to customers,” Manuel told VegNews.
Toppers will test the vegan options at its Madison, WI locations starting on July 20 before rolling them out to its locations in Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas in October.