Leona's

Chicago, Illinois

2.5 / 12 votes

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Italian Restaurant With Vegan Options

Leona's is a local Italian restaurant chain that has recently been making its menu more vegan-friendly. It serves a number of vegan options, including soy cheese pizza (now casein-free), a "big fat vegan burger," tofu ravioli and various mushroom/seasoned tofu skewers.

Added by Eric Purdy on Aug 12 04 (last updated Oct 20 04)

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Leona's is very deceptive. They pretend to be vegan-friendly when actually they are only vegetarian-friendly. After eating there for years, a good server finally told me that the bun served with the Vegan Burger is not vegan. They also do not offer another option, such as bread or a wrap. I ate mine without the bun, just as a patty, and without the bun to contain it it just crumbles apart. I've been told that the soy cheese is not vegan. The pasta is vegan but the marinara sauce is not. I think I wanted to order some sort of veggie wrap awhile back but was told that the sauce is not vegan. I'm very disappointed. I used to count on Leona's as an easy place to eat when going out with non-veggie friends, but it looks like I won't be going there anymore. You can't trust the menu or the servers.

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I'm fairly annoyed with Leona's for telling me twice that their soy cheese was now casein-free and then telling me the last time that I went that there is casein in it. At the same time, they make a fantastic grilled veggie wrap that is vegan.

I think that the other reviewers are being a little harsh. Yes, it's bad that Leona's doesn't seem to know what the verdict on their soy cheese is, but at least they're trying to have soy cheese and at least they have a few vegan options that are clearly labeled on their menus as vegan (notice that the menu doesn't say ANYWHERE that they have soy cheese). They're still pretty far ahead most Italian restaurants in Chicago.

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Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Allows Smoking

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • Discover MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Italian

Features

  • Delivery
  • Large Group-Friendly

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