Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, Oregon have their share of similarities—from their rainy climates to their vibrant craft brewery scenes. Now, the Pacific Northwestern cities have one more thing in common: outposts of Virtuous Pie—the buzzy vegan pizzeria debuted in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 2016, and has opened a second, 1,900 square foot, two-level location in Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy neighbourhood. Virtuous Pie’s executive chef Jim Vesal was confident his wholesome, plant-based pizzas, topped with nut cheeses and sustainably-grown vegetables, would be warmly welcomed by Portland’s well-established vegan community. Vesal even created new, Portland-exclusive menu offerings like a meatball and chevre pizza with faux-meatballs made with local Baerlic Brewing beer, and a Catalan pizza topped with Patatas Bravas, asparagus, and charred scallion for the occasion. Virtuous Pie’s trademark dairy-free ice creams are available at the new location, too, and can be enjoyed in a gluten-free cone or floated atop local kombucha on-tap. The fast-casual restaurant may have West Coast healthy dining culture in its DNA, but it’s soon to branch out east, with plans for a further expansion into Toronto by winter 2017. The future, it seems, is virtuous.
Virtuous Pie, 1126 SE Division St, Portland, OR, www.virtuouspie.com
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