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How Three Chains Make and Market Plant-Based Pizzas

How Three Chains Make and Market Plant-Based Pizzas

  • Plant-based proteins are less an of-the-moment trend and more a long-term shift in Americans’ eating habits, including pizza lovers.
  • The owner of Caliente Pizza & Draft House, for example, decided he could attract Pittsburgh’s many vegans by crafting menu items just for them.

Related: Get all the latest news on vegan pizza products at PMQ’s sister site, PizzaVegan.com.

By Tracy Morin

Plant-based sales are positively blooming, and by now, they’re less an of-the-moment trend and more a long-term shift in Americans’ eating habits. If you’re thinking of adding some plant-based proteins to the menu, take notes from these three brands that have incorporated them in thoughtful ways—and reaped hordes of new customers in the process.

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Caliente Pizza & Draft House Opens Shop in Acrisure Stadium

PITTSBURGH (August 9, 2022) — Caliente Pizza & Draft House, after a decade growing its award-winning brand throughout the Pittsburgh region, is opening yet another location — and this one has seating for more than 68,000.

The eatery will be serving pizza from three locations at newly named Acrisure Stadium on the North Shore, beginning with the upcoming football season. Event attendees will find Caliente in the south plaza located below the stadium’s main video board, as well as on the east and west club levels.

“Every year, millions of people not only from Pittsburgh but around the world make it to the the stadium for games, concerts and major events, so there’s no better place for us to highlight our amazing pizza,” Caliente owner and founder Nick Bogacz said.

Caliente will be offering slices of cheese, pepperoni, and pepperoni and sausage pizzas to patrons, with a variety of beverages also available at the concession stands.

Moving into Acrisure Stadium marks yet another significant expansion for Caliente, which opened new locations in Sewickley and Crafton over the past year, bringing its total to seven restaurants.

“People may not have believed it was possible then, but when I started Caliente 10 years ago with one shop in Bloomfield, this was always one of my goals,” Bogacz said. “Seeing it come to pass, it’s truly a tribute to the dedicated employees we have and the community support we’ve enjoyed over the years.”

Caliente’s yearlong celebration of its 10th anniversary also has included special menu items and in-store events, including this summer’s customer pizza-making contest featuring special guest judge and former Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier. Caliente is also in the process of opening a central commissary for operations and food prep and is preparing for another major announcement in the weeks to come.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE
Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente’s Mee-Maw pizza earned the title of Best Pizza in America.

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Caliente Pizza & Draft House Introducing Its Own Craft Beer – Hazy Dough Dazy

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 4, 2021) — For the past nine years, Caliente Pizza & Draft House has prided itself on being among the best spots to find hard-to-source craft beers in the Pittsburgh region. Next on tap? A brew that’s decidedly close to home.

Hazy Dough Dazy (5.3% abv), Caliente’s first self-brewed beer, will be on tap October 15 at all five current locations, and beer aficionados will find it at the regional restaurant’s two new locations when they open their doors. The house brew is a New England IPA brewed with two-row barley, oats and Vienna and wheat malts, bright floral, soft citrus and grapefruit tones, with notes of lychee and tropical fruit in every sip.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Nick Bogacz, Caliente’s owner and founder. “We’ve always been passionate about serving great, hard-to-source craft beers, and now we can share a beer that we’ve brewed ourselves with help from experts and friends in the industry.”

The beer is being released just as Caliente opens its sixth and seventh locations in Sewickley and Crafton in the coming weeks. Customers will get to try the authentic flavors of their beer, while also getting acclimated to Caliente’s new stores. Grand opening information on the new stores, as well as other significant developments, is coming soon.

“We’ve got a lot of big things coming in the next few months, including our 10-year anniversary in 2022,” Bogacz said, “The release of Hazy Dough Dazy is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the new businesses and new relationships with residents in the Sewickley and Crafton areas.”

Caliente invites customers to pair the beer with their award-winning pizza options, including the Mee Maw, which was named Best Pizza in America in 2019. Head Regional Chef Eric von Hansen also brought home accolades this summer with a win for best Non-Traditional Pizza, Northeast Region, at the International Pizza Expo for his Tony Montana pizza, a bison-topped pie. It will be available on a limited basis in the near future.

In addition, for the duration of football season, Caliente is teaming with former Steelers star Santonio Holmes on the MVP Pizza, with a dollar of each sale going to the Super Bowl MVP’s III and Long Foundation.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America.