New vegan eatery at Reading Terminal wants you to 'luhv' your body

Meats are seitan- or soy-based; cheeses are oil-based

Hadas Kuznits
September 13, 2018 - 6:34 pm
Reading Terminal held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for its new vendor, Luhv Vegan Deli.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Reading Terminal Market held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for its new vendor, Luhv Vegan Deli.

Co-owner Facundo Lucci said all of their cheese and meat deli options are actually meat-free and dairy-free.

"Our eggs are made out of garbanzo flour and tofu," he said. "We want to focus on using vegetables though — that's a priority for us as a vegan company. So if you look at our tuna salad, it's made out of chickpeas and seaweed."

The meats are seitan- or soy-based. The cheeses are oil-based, and they're working on stocking nut-based cheeses.

Lucci said his father started making nutritional vegan food for his family when they were going through some health problems.

"He sort of like loved us back to health and with that, we sort of just picked it up."

"That was the goal, to eat healing foods," added co-owner Sylvia, Facundo Lucci's mother. "Foods that were good for my body. Veganism came attached to that."

When Facundo Lucci became vegan, he said it changed his life.

"It changed my personality, my character, the way I think," he admitted. "We want to promote that people have healthy options without having to sacrifice taste."