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MOD Pizza adds plant-based Italian Sausage, Willow pizza to menu

Arrival of pea-based ‘sausage’ celebrated with meatless BOGO offer

MOD Pizza launched a new plant-based Italian Sausage in partnership with Plantly, and a new Willow pizza. The new pea protein topping, featured on Willow, will roll out to MOD locations systemwide Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Customers will be able to order plant-based Italian Sausage as a substitute topping or enjoy it on the featured pizza.

The Seattle-based fast-casual pizza chain developed the plant-forward topping, made with non-GMO pea protein, with Plantly, a chef-created, plant-based food and beverage brand. In addition to pea protein, plant-based Italian Sausage contains filtered water, expeller-pressed canola oil, and is seasoned with fennel, oregano, and thyme.

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MOD Pizza says the topping contains 12 grams of protein per serving and is vegan, gluten-friendly and soy free, but has no artificial ingredients, fillers, sweeteners, preservatives, flavors, or colorings.

The featured, limited edition “Flash MOD” Willow pizza features the chain’s new plant-based Italian sausage on a creamy, garlic Parmesan sauce base, topped with shredded Asiago cheese, fresh creamy ricotta and sliced mushrooms. After baking, it’s garnished with peppery fresh arugula and a drizzle of smokey-flavored Romesco sauce.

“We’ve spent the past two years methodically testing plant-based proteins and simply put, we found Plantly’s Italian plant-based sausage to be completely craveable and far superior in both taste and quality—and were immediately drawn to the real ingredient list,” said Mark Shambura, chief marketing officer at MOD. “We’re excited to bring our customers a product that is not only delicious, but an easy swap or add, if they want to go meatless or simply have more flexible choices.”

The vegan option of MOD’s Willow includes new plant-based Italian sausage, an extra virgin olive oil base with chopped garlic, dairy-free cheese, roasted red peppers, and sliced mushrooms. After baking, it’s garnished with peppery fresh arugula and a drizzle of smokey-flavored Romesco sauce.

To promote the plant-based Italian Sausage, MOD is offering a “Plant One, Get One” offer on August 31. The fast casual will offer a second pizza for free to customers who order a meatless pizza in-restaurant with a friend.

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The Willow, available through November 30, 2021, will add to MOD’s vegan options, which includes its signature red sauce, regular and gluten-free crusts, and dairy-free cheese.

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