Everybody loves pizza. However, for sufferers of celiac disease, pizza is considered as one of those food items in their “off limits” list because their number one protein enemy (gluten, that is) happens to be in the crust. Fortunately for people with celiac disease, many popular chains and restaurants are now starting to serve gluten-free pizza to anyone who needs it. Many restaurants have separate gluten-free menus, while there are few that are totally gluten free. Craving for pizza should no longer be a challenge for celiac victims because there are currently a good number of restaurants that serve great-tasting pizza without the gluten.
1. Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
Biaggi Ristorante Italiano arguably has one of the best gluten-free menus. Biaggi’s serves both gluten-free pizza and pasta. Their gluten-free pizzas come in five delightful flavors, namely Pepperoni Pizza, Chicken Piccante, Sausage Pizza, Margherita Pizza, and Mediterranean Pizza. They also have a large selection of gluten-free sauces, including Alfredo, Bolognese, Italian Salsa, Marsala, Pesto, Scallion Cream, and Rum Caramel, to name a few. Branches are mostly in the Midwest. In the West, they are located in Utah and Colorado. And finally, in the East, they’re located in New York and North Carolina.
2. Uno Chicago Grill
Uno Chicago Grill is a popular restaurant chain that has over 150 branches scattered in 24 states. It’s “out-of-this-world crust” doesn’t just make a buzz in the US, but also in other countries like Columbia, Honduras, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. They offer three types of gluten-free thin crust pizza: cheese and tomato, pepperoni, and veggie. All contain natural soy, egg, and milk ingredients. If you’re suffering from celiac disease, please note that the restaurant does not guarantee that its pizza won’t get cross-contaminated in the kitchen. As always, proceed with caution and talk to the server or better yet the manager when ordering, even if you’re ordering off the gluten-free menu.
3. Wildfire Restaurant
If you’re looking for a place that offers exceptional gluten-free pizza, then go to your nearest Wildfire Restaurant. Simply ask the restaurant crew for their extensive gluten-free menu which features three gluten-free pizza varieties. Their pizzas are baked in their wood-burning oven for a more delightful crust. Wildfire Restaurant braches are located in Chicago, Virginia, and Minnesota.
4. Godfather’s Pizza
Godfather’s Pizza has locations in 40 states. It offers six variations of gluten-free pizzas to its customers, namely cheese, pepperoni, sausage, beef, all-meat combo, and classic combo. All their pizzas are prepared off-site at a facility certified gluten-free to 5 parts per million by the Celiac Sprue Association, and remain individually wrapped until heated in the stores. Not all of the chain’s 600 restaurants offer gluten-free pizza though, and some will sell only a bake-at-home pizza (as opposed to a store-baked version.
5. Boston’s Gourmet Pizza
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza is a Canadian-based restaurant chain with branches in Canada, United States, and Mexico. Boston’s introduced a gluten-free crust nationally in the year 2009. they have no less than 13 kinds of gluten-free pizza to choose from, including their Ultimate Pepperoni, Tropical Chicken, and Mama Meata pizzas. Again, if you’re intolerant to gluten, talk with a crew or manager before ordering to make sure your pizza doesn’t get cross-contaminated with gluten in the kitchen from other customers’ meals.
6. Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza
Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza is a Western-based pizza delivery chain that carries out strict preparation procedures to avoid cross contamination. They store their gluten-free crusts in special containers and sauce them using special spoons and ladles. They also actually use gluten-free flour for “slapping” all their pizzas in the store to ensure that they’re gluten-free. What is more, all their staff members are trained in preventing cross contamination. Note, however, that not all locations offer gluten-free pizza. For your convenience, you can use Garlic Jim’s location search tool to find ones that offer one. Simply choose the drop-down “gluten-free” option when you start your search.
There is no lack of gluten-free pizza chains and restaurants if you just do a little searching. Today, celiac patients no longer have to feel pizza-deprived as there are many famous restaurants and chains that now offer delightful gluten-free pizzas to those who need it, or simply want it.