Gluten-Free Pizza: A Love Story

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Gluten-Free Pizza: A Love Story

There’s no denying it: it’s a mad, mad world. It often feels like there’s nothing out there powerful enough to solve the grave and complex problems that face the world today. But you’d be wrong – there’s pizza. Pizza, the beautiful, cheesy indulgence that your gluten-free diet couldn’t quite manage to pry from your balled, defiant fists. They can take our sandwiches, our pita bread, they can even take our canned beer, but they cannot take away our pizza.

We know – it’s not quite the same. Most of your standard-fare fast food pizzas are out for the count, but there’s been an impressive commitment from pizzerias around the globe to accommodate, and even embrace, gluten-free pizzas. That’s because pizza is important. In a tribute to the innovative, GF-friendly pizzerias around the country, and to ensure that you have access to great GF pizza no matter where you travel, we crowdsourced the very best pizzerias from some of America’s most popular destination cities. Please note that not every pizzeria listed is a dedicated gluten-free establishment, so please do your research before visiting. Here’s our round-up, be sure to let us know if we missed one of your favorites in the comments below!

Gluten-Free Pizza in Detroit, MI.

First stop on the Great Pizza Tour: the Motor City. As a Michigan-based company, we’re proud to say that there are awesome GF pizzas abound in the Mitten. We’ll start at Amici’s Gourmet Kitchen in Berkley, MI, right outside of Detroit. With fresh, creative ingredients and a fluffy, flavorful GF crust, Amicci’s is the gourmet GF-eater’s dream. We love the Artichoke Pizza, with artichokes, fresh spinach, plum tomatoes, walnuts, ricotta, and fontina cheese. Is your mouth-watering yet?

While you’re in the area, other can’t-miss pizza joints include: Ann Arbor’s Stadium Market for their genius GF-crust recipe created in the back deli of a liquor store, Royal Oak’s Bigalora for wood-fired thin crust,  Silvio’s in Ann Arbor for organic innovation, Grand Rapids’ Mitten Brewing Co for a pizza that’s as cool as its surroundings, and Renee’s Gourmet in Troy for a 100% dedicated facility that makes every variation of pizza that you could dream up.

Gluten-Free Pizza in Chicago, IL.

On your next trip to the second city, don’t skip the deep dish. You can still enjoy the city’s trademark indulgence thanks to Chicago’s Pizza. Even better, they have three locations, great hours, and delivery. Choose from a variety of deep dish and stuffed GF pizzas that are bigger than your face and weigh more than a small puppy – you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for a great nightspot to meet friends for dinner, try Homeslice, where you can enjoy a lively back patio, awesome GF thin-crust pizza, and great GF beer options.

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland, OR.

Portland is often viewed as the mecca of all things gluten-free (and all things vegan, and all things organic…), so it’s no surprise that their GF pizza game is strong. Embrace your inner Portlandia and take a pizza bike tour through the streets of Portland. First stop: Tula, Portland’s own gluten-free bakery and cafe. This shop is 100% gluten-free and 100% worth a visit. Stop by Tula to enjoy your GF pizza alongside any number of delicious baked goods, from bread to scones to tarts. To enjoy a brew with your pizza pie, try the Mississippi Pizza Pub, known for its awesome pizzas (all available GF!) and even better live music. This is Portland, so we couldn’t possibly name every pizza joint with GF options, so here’s the short list of honorable mentions: Via Chicago, Bellagio’s pizza, Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, and New Cascadia Traditional. We dare you to try them all.

Gluten-Free Pizza in Charleston, SC.

If you’re planning a trip to Chucktown, you’re in luck. Charleston is home to some mighty good pizza, from thin crust to wood-fired. We’re crowning Your Pie as Charleston’s top GF pizza option, thanks to their GF awareness and their creative down-the-line building approach to wood-fired pizza. The people of Charleston also have nice things to say about Crust Woodfire Pizza, Baroni’s New York Pizza, and Mellow Mushroom (always a safe bet when you’re traveling!).

Gluten-Free Pizza in Las Vegas, NV.

When you’re gambling your money away all day, the last thing you want to do is a take a gamble on your health. Luckily, Sin City is keeping it holy when it comes to gluten-free pizza. With a little research, we dug up some great GF pizza options that will make you feel like you hit the jackpot. First up, Table 89 has all the tell-tale signs of an allergy-informed establishment: they boast local, organic, and vegan options and they used the phrase “farm-to-table.” Check out their menu for a full list of creative, delicious-sounding woodfired pizzas, available on GF crust. If you’re still searching for a place to stay, why not book a room at the Aria Resort & Casino? The Buffet at the Aria is extremely gluten-free friendly, and reviews rave about their GF pizzas. If you’re looking to take a quick break from the City of Lights, head to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse for their trademark gluten-free, thin-crust pizza, plus a selection of GF libations.

Gluten-Free Pizza in New York, NY.

Ah, the Big Apple. Or as we see it, the Big GF Pizza Pie. With 600+ pizza-centric establishment and 1200+ businesses that sell pizza, the odds are statistically in your favor in New York City. That said, some NY pizzerias fair much better than others. New Yorkers are quick to pledge their loyalty to a good-quality pizza, and GF New Yorkers are no exception. The Celiacs have spoken, and they’ve named their winners. First, Risotteria is a 100% gluten-free restaurant that serves neapolitan-style pizza with some of the finest ingredients you can imagine. While it’s on the pricey side, rumor has it the pie is worth every pretty penny. Next, Mozzarelli’s should be on every GF foodie’s short list with their fine-tuned recipe for creating the perfect gluten-free New York style pizza. Stop by for GF pizza by the slice (?!), full pizzas at an affordable price, and awesome gluten-free sides that you can trust. Beyond that, we’ve also heard positive feedback on NYC’s Kesta and their wood-fired, neapolitan-style pizzas on GF crust, Uncle Paul’s NYC for their fast and easy delivery pizza (surprise – also neapolitan!), and Pala, for for their extensive and attentive GF menu, albeit expensive. You did good, New York.

That’s our list – what’s on yours? Let us know about the best-kept secrets in your neck of the woods and the most popular pizza places in your favorite U.S. cities. As the famous saying goes, folks, “Keep calm and eat (gluten-free!) pizza.”  

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