Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Guide to Eating Gluten Free Pizza in Georgia

In my experience, the top thing people miss the most when they go on the gluten free diet is pizza. We are fortunate that we have so many local places offering gluten free pizza now, so I wanted to provide you with a summary below to help you make a decision on where to go eat pizza!

During these trying economic times, it can be difficult to eat out, but lets try to do all we can to support our local companies. Our request for gluten free pizza has finally come true, so we need to do our part by going out and supporting their efforts.

Belly’s Pizza (www.bellysofroswell.com) - has begun serving gluten free, thin-crust pizza.

I have not been to this restaurant as I only found out about it last week from a support group member, so I am unable to post any comments/feedback.

Pizza Crust – 10” Domata Living Flour rice crust
Dessert – n/a
GF Beer –n/a at this time, but one should be coming soon
GF Menu – GF offerings are on the regular menu
Location: King Plaza, 885 Woodstock Road, Suite 330 Roswell, GA 30075, 770-594-8118
Open: Sun - Thurs 11:30 am to 10:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11:30 am to 11:00 p.m.

Pepperoni's Pizza - offers gluten free pizza on two different crusts. Specify which one you want when you place your order. If you do not specify, then you will get the French Meadow crust by default.

Their homemade marinara sauce is made with shallots and wine, which creates a fabulous taste that I haven’t found at any of the other pizza places. Their pizza is cooked the most consistently, so you don’t end up with a burnt or underdone pizza. They have calibrated their pizza oven, which works like an assembly line and drives the pizza through as it cooks, to produce a perfectly prepared gluten free crust.

Pizza Crust – 10” Domata Living Flour and French Meadow Bakery – both thin crust
Dessert – French Meadow Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
GF Beer – Bard’s Tale
GF Menu – n/a; ask staff which toppings are gluten free prior to ordering; sausage is not gluten free; barbeque sauce is gluten free
Other- Gluten free pasta with marinara sauce is also available (Tinkyada)
Location - 2750 Buford Highway, #5b, Duluth, 770-232-0224; Closed on Sundays

Pizza Fusion (www.pizzafusion) – they use organic, fresh ingredients and hybrid vehicles for delivery (yes delivery). Their topping options are extensive and are all gluten free except the sweet sausage and the barbeque sauce. All of their salad dressings are gluten free except the goddness dressing. They only offer Boylan’s sodas because they don’t carry any carbonated beverages with corn syrup. Don’t worry, they also offer juice boxes for the kids, Vitamin Water and Greens Ice Tea.

In my experience, this is the best local pizza around. The organic mozzarella, sauce and plentiful toppings make this pizza worth the money. The crust is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, which makes for a fantastic texture. They also offer a couple of specialty salads that can be ordered in a small or large portion that are a nice addition to the pizza.

Pizza Crust – Still Riding Pizza Crust – thin/thick crust that is only available in a Large. The crust is shaped more like an oval/rectangle as are the pizza boxes.
Dessert – Vegan/Gluten Free Brownie (Arrowhead Mills mix) topped with powdered cocoa and berries
GF Beer – Green’s Beer
GF Menu – GF menu offerings are on the regular menu
Other - They offer a lunch special that includes a personal sized pizza, small salad and drink for $13.50

They offer Vegan/Gluten Free Cheese (Follow Your Heart) for those who are lactose/casein intolerant

Still Riding Pizza trains everyone who buys their crusts on avoiding cross contamination. The pizzas are baked on one specific rack in the oven and cut with dedicated utensils.
Location - 2233 Peachtree Road, Suite M, Atlanta, 404-351-9334

zpizza (www.zpizza.com) –has been offering gluten free pizza made on Domata Living Flour’s (www.domatalivingflour.com) pizza shells since October 2008. zpizza has completed the NFCA’s Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Training Program, so they verified their gluten free ingredients and are able to properly prevent cross contamination.

In my experience, the pizza can be overdone/burnt making is too crispy or underdone/soggy. I have yet to have to experience the pizza cooked properly. They have a number of ‘specialty’ pizzas and toppings to choose from and also offer salads. Their pizza sauce is organic.

Pizza Crust – Domata Living Flour – 10’ thin crust made from rice
Dessert – Brownie and Carrot Cake made locally using Domata Living Flour (only available at the Alpharetta and Duluth locations)
GF Beer – Bard’s Tale
GF Menu – Yes, they have a laminated menu at the counter
Other – gluten free pasta with two types of sauces: marinara and pesto; can add chicken
5315 Windward Parkway, Suite B, Alpharetta, 678-205-4471
11720 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770-817-0526
860 Peachtree Street, Suite D, Atlanta, 404-745-9911, www.zpizzaatlanta.com

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