Vegan-Friendly Pizza Chain Opening 30+ Locations Nationwide This Year

Uncle Maddio's vegan pie via Sean Hedge on Instagram.

Uncle Maddio’s vegan pie via Sean Hedge on Instagram.

A slice of pizza is pretty much the perfect food, and vegans love cheese and tomato creations as much as any omnivore. Sadly, plant-based options are lacking in most major chains—just ask Domino’s. 

Luckily, one rapidly expanding pizza purveyor is all about satisfying vegan eaters. The Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio’s has locations in 14 states and is opening a whopping 30+ outposts this year alone.

Known for its speedy firing times, reasonable prices and customizable menu, the company has offered vegan options since its launch in 2009.

Maddio’s will double in size in 2015, for the third year in a row. In the past month, franchise locales have popped up in Panama City Beach, Fla and High Point, NC, with deals for new spots being signed every day.

As far as plant-based options, customers can build their own pizzas using 27 vegetable toppings, six sauces, three crusts (including gluten-free) and Daiya cheese.

“Everything from traditional veggie pizza toppings like green peppers, olives and mushrooms to eggplant, sundried tomatoes and even black bean corn salsa,” says Matt Andrew, the company’s CEO and founder. “We also offer grilled tofu for vegan tofu lovers.

The vegan-friendly pizza chain is in a total of 14 states, including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and Tennessee. (You can check out their locator online to see if there’s a spot near you.)

“The response to our vegan menu items has been very positive,” says Andrew. “Our vegan guests are very appreciative that we’ve taken their dining preferences in mind, since vegan menu items can still be hard to come by.”

(Dying for vegan pizza in your hometown? If Uncle Maddio’s isn’t already there, they’re always looking for franchise owners.)

In the words of @PizzaGoth: “People disappoint. Pizza is eternal.”

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Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

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47 Responses

  1. Alyssa says:

    They lost me at Daiya cheese. Gross. Get on that Follow Your Heart cheese man!

    • Hannah Sentenac Hannah Sentenac says:

      Lol, send them a note! Personally I love Daiya shreds, but I dig Follow Your Heart, too. I know personal preference varies, haha.

    • Nicole says:

      I hate Daiya cold, and too much on a pie isn’t good, but less cheese, add oregano, basil, and a veggie, and noooms!

  2. steph says:

    would be great if they had more than just grilled tofu… like some gardein, boca spicy chickn, morningstar riblets, vegan pepperoni, tempeh. non-veggies tend to run screaming at the mention of tofu. people would be much more open to trying veggie meat.

    and the daiya cheese at pizza places is so overdone. the new follow your heard provolone is fantastic shredded on pizza. And doesn’t end up looking weird like daiya tends to.

    love that more places are at least offering vegan stuff though, no matter how small the options are.

    • Hannah Sentenac Hannah Sentenac says:

      Maybe they’ll take suggestions from customers? 😉 Always helps to ask!

    • Ellie McCole says:

      Just to let you know…..Morning Star products are GMO unless marked otherwise…….

    • Wary Vegan says:

      Most of those, Morning Star, Boca, Gardin, Garden Burger, except Amy’s Kitchen (which states non GMO ingredients, right on the box), may have hidden GMOs in them, in the form of corn starch and such things. They make a point to say “made with non GMO soy” but when asked about other possible GMO ingredients, they are silent. So be wary, and do research.

  3. Pati says:

    Daiya is tolerable on a pizza but Chao would be awesome!

  4. Mark Portier says:

    Advice to all the wonderful vegan-aware food businesses such as Uncle Maddio’s: Bring in a group of vegan foodies to test your fare before you launch. I’d prefer a dollop of any of Miyoko’s cheeses to Daiya and would rather go cheese-less than go Daiya. The Mellow Mushroom pizza chain offers a sausage-like marinated tempeh.

    • Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief says:

      Miyoko’s is definitely the cream of the crop as far as artisanal cheese, but personally I’m a Daiya fan, too! Especially on pizzas. 😉 It’s all a matter of taste — and availability. Daiya is probably much more readily available via distributors.

  5. Amybeth Hurst says:

    It’s all a matter of personal preference, folks. I happen to adore Daiya, use it daily! Happily and healthily vegan for many, many years.

  6. Randi says:

    YES AMAZING! Though I agree with the other commenters – at least have a non-Daiya option…WHILE you work on a house-made cheese!

    • Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief says:

      Totally! House-made cheese is always amazing! It’s fabulous what some spots can do with tofu and nut milks.

  7. ivonne says:

    The Pizza Experience in Palmdale where I live has vegan pepperoni, vegan ground beef and vegan chicken. Now those ar vegan options.

  8. Allison says:

    TEESE is another great vegan cheese option and they sell directly to restaurant owners

  9. Darlene says:

    more vegetarian and vegan options the better! Hope they open one near me!

  10. asoka says:

    how about making the cheese on site…..make the cheese from almond seed….it would blow your mind….subway make bread on site…but cheese on site that would be worthy of $25 just to see it in action

  11. asoka says:

    I made yogurt from almonds….that is easy….making cheese that is a challenge….a 10 day study

    • betsy shipley says:

      Have you viewed Miyoko Schinner’s website for her vegan cheese? I think the name of her company is Miyoko’s Creamrey.

  12. asoka says:

    how about making bread from almond yogurt and brown rice flour….that would blow your mind…..that could be your ad……blow your mind

  13. asoka says:

    Uncle Maddio’s could also set up a vegan farm that can supply 30 chains

  14. asoka says:

    they sound like big investors

  15. asoka says:

    how about setting up in Australia with joint investors

  16. asoka says:

    I also make almond meat mixed with brown rice flour soy sauce and then fried for 2 minutes

  17. HappilyVegan says:

    Do they have any Organic Vegan pizza options?

  18. Clyde Lerner says:

    Looked them over – looks okay. There is heavy competition for our vegan pizza dollar these days. – has many, many stores – and they have pre-made vegan options – you can actually sort by vegetarian, vegan and animal-filled pizzas. Love the sausage. Friend was telling me it tastes so real – he has to look at box it comes from to make sure they don’t use cruelty-filled sausage.

  19. hulya johnson says:

    I would be happy to support your eatery if you have Vegan option on your menu .

  20. Kynthia Rosgeal says:

    This would be so welcome in Las Vegas. And if your dairy free you can rerquest substitutions or request it nit be on the pie at all. It is that easy.

  21. Diane says:

    Where at n Pa is the Vegan Pizza Place going to be..

  22. Lori says:

    Daiya has carrageenan in it, which is a carcinogen and inflammatory. It is NO GOOD for you. You should also be concerned about the ingredients in your vegan choices. Follow your heart slices are pretty close to the real thing with no carrageenan, but the blocks have it.

  23. susan haines says:

    where do I find out if there is a vegan restaurant near me? I live in Grants Pass Oregon.
    thank you

  24. fran h says:

    According to the locator website, there is NOT a NJ location; please update your article Thanks!

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