NYC just gained one more authentic vegan eatery, La Vellutata. The original restaurant, located in Venice, Italy, opened 20 years ago by the Mazzucato family. After success in Italy, the owner, Elisa Mazzucato, decided to open a location stateside in early November. Unlike many Italian restaurants, La Vellutata has a unique twist.

“Here, I see many Italian restaurants [serving] pizza and pasta. [This menu] is different,” said Mazzucato.


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One of the signature items offered at La Vellutata is a creamy soup made of soy milk and plant-based cheeses. This dish is representative of the name of the restaurant which translates to “the velvety”. Additionally, the menu includes the Curry B Burger which consists of a patty with a milk curry flavor and the Parmigiana made of a veggie burger with eggplant and vegan cheese. You can even enjoy coffee, tea, shakes, and the Sweet Chocolate Burger which is made of oat flakes, mango sauce, and fresh mint.

La Vellutata is located on 172 5th Avenue.


How to Make Homemade Vegan Italian Foods

If you can’t make it out to La Vellutata in NYC, make your own plant-based Italian foods at home! Here’s some of our best Italian recipes from the Food Monster App bloggers. Start making your Italian feast.

Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup With Croutons

Make this rich, creamy Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup With Croutons by Lisa Lotts for your lunchtime indulgence. Silken tofu is the key to its amazing texture and a sprinkle of homemade croutons on top adds a savory, satisfying crunch.

Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad

This Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad by Christin McKamey is the perfect lunch! It’s also versatile, to meet all of your mealtime needs! It can be rolled up in a soft flour tortilla or sandwiched between rustic bread for a quick and portable lunch that’s light and delicious.

Eggplant Meatball Parmesan Sub With Caramelized Onions

Pair your favorite vegan eggplant meatballs with a fresh sourdough hoagie, a heap of no-oil caramelized onions, and our homemade cashew parmesan. This Eggplant Meatball Parmesan Sub With Caramelized Onions by Jasmine Briones is sure to be a favorite among family and friends. It does not skimp out on flavor OR nutrition! It is packed with veggies and herbs, so you don’t want to miss out on this.


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Lead image source: Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup With Croutons