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Vegetarian & Vegan Italian Food Options

There’s no denying that Italian cuisine is one of the most beloved and influential cuisines in the world, as it is enjoyed by countless people both in Italy and the world alike. While it is home to great tastes such as those found in pizza and pasta dishes, for example, that is not to say that everybody is automatically able to enjoy Italian cuisine – they may have dietary preferences such as being vegetarian or vegan. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of ways that you can enjoy the great tastes of Italian cooking without sacrificing your diet discretions. In today’s blog, we’ll be looking at Italian-inspired options for those who are vegetarian or vegan!


Bruschetta is nothing short of a beloved food in both Italy and the world. The reason for its popularity? Well, for one, we would guess that it’s because bruschetta is naturally delicious. As it turns out, bruschetta is also naturally vegan and vegetarian, making it an excellent candidate for when you want to enjoy Italian cuisine without any animal-based ingredients in it. Bruschetta is typically composed of bread, tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and garlic.

Vegetarian & Vegan Pizza

For vegetarians who want to enjoy Italian food without meat products, pizza remains a great option, as there are many pizza recipes out there that lack meat. For example, the first known incarnation of modern pizza, the Margherita Pizza, is a great choice for vegetarians. Authentic renditions of the Margherita pizza typically have crushed tomato sauce, basil, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese.

For vegans looking to indulge in pizza, simply removing the presence of cheese or any ingredient sourced from animals is an easy way to cater pizza to your preferences.

Vegetarian & Vegan Pasta

For vegetarians, there are plenty of delicious pasta dishes without meat products. Consider incorporating these classic ingredients into your pasta dishes:

  • Pesto
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant

If you are vegan and want to enjoy pasta dishes, be sure to use and/or consume pasta that is egg-free. Additionally, be mindful of sauces that might contain dairy products such as alfredo sauce.

Looking for Excellent Italian Food in Boston’s North End? Join Us at Nico

Nico Ristorante is located at 417 Hanover Street, right in the heart of the North End, Boston’s iconic Italian-American neighborhood. Our menu features elegant Italian-inspired favorites that are both modern and classic. We’d love to have you join us – call 617-742-0404 or make a reservation through our website here.

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