An Italian restaurant group in Edinburgh has added a vegan pizza to its menu, which it has claimed is a first for the Scottish capital.
La Favorita Delivered now gives customers the option to have cheese made from rice milk, in a move that will be available across the brand's four Edinburgh sites from 1 October.
Chief executive Kenny Scott introduced the choice after he spoke with a representative from animal rights campaign group PETA, and claimed that the decision would be popular among those looking to improve their diet, as well as those who do not eat animal products for personal, ethical or environmental reasons.
The new cheese will also be a choice at the group's Glasgow site, which is set to open before the end of this year. The sites also offer gluten-free options across their menu, including pasta, pizza dough and desserts.
Scott said: "We carefully selected the dairy-free Italian mozzarella and thoroughly tested the texture and taste to make sure it was just right. We're delighted to be providing choice for Edinburgh's growing free-from market."
The move comes ahead of the new European rulings on allergens which state that all food providers must clearly label their food with warnings, to make it easier for consumers to avoid potential hazards such as nuts, gluten and dairy products.