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    Posted on 25 Sep 2015

    This Pizzeria Went Vegan And No One Knows What To Do

    No cheese, no meat, just vegan pizza.

    Gigi Pizzeria has always been considered one of the best places to grab a slice in Sydney.

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    On the top of multiple best-of lists, Gigi has been dishing out cheesy, doughy pizza for seven years.

    Early this month, Gigi announced it would be releasing a new menu - one without cheese - or any dairy at all. Gigi's would be transformed into a completely vegan pizza restaurant.

    Jessica Matino

    The 100% plant-based menu was a result of the Gigi's owner, Marco Matino, researching the ways meat and dairy is produced.

    "The change came about from being aware of how much produce we go through plus all the information I've collected about animal agriculture on many different levels," he told Good Food.

    At first, people did not deal with this well.

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    HEY EVERYONE Gigis in Newtown has gone full plant based! No cheese. No meat. Everyone freak out and riot.

    Which one of you is responsible for making Gigi's vegan? Another reason we all deserve an asteroid.

    But there were also quite a few people happy with the new direction.

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    A spokesperson for Gigi Pizzeria admitted to BuzzFeed News that the reaction so far had been mixed.

    "The reaction to the change so far has been mixed," they said.

    "We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from many of our loyal and new customers. On the other hand, many of our customers have been disappointed. We hope those customers have a change of heart and maybe even come back to appreciate the very first authentic Neapolitan pizza (one of two recognised by the AVPN) - the Pizza Marinara (san marzano tomatoes, garic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil)."

    "Our decision was definitely not one made over night. It was a change for all the right reasons, so we have absolutely no doubts over the new direction."

    The restaurant held its new menu launch last night, with a huge crowd in attendance.

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    A line was scattered along the sidewalk as people waited to get inside and try the new menu.

    And pizzas were made at a rapid fire pace.

    Sydney's latest vegan-eatery seems to have been embraced by its loyal customers.

    And the naysayers, well...

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