bellamonicaflatbreadsBefore I was gluten-free, we never made pizza at home – ever. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease in  early 2006, there was no gluten-free pizza to be had in a restaurant here so I had to make my own.

We didn’t like any of the prepared frozen pizzas available locally so we made gluten-free crusts from various mixes. When we occasionally tried a frozen pizza, we usually ended up eating only the toppings and throwing out the crust.

These days there are six companies in nine locations offering gluten-free pizza in the Metro Atlanta area. So we stopped making pizza at home over a year ago. However, when I read the Celiac Princess’ review of a new frozen ready-made gluten-free pizza, I thought it might be worth reviewing myself.

Bella Monica is a NC based company that offers several gluten-free flatbread pizzas. They are sold at Natural Foods Warehouse and Whole Foods - that I know of. The product is a little pricey but that’s due to the ingredients used. The toppings are of excellent quality.

We tried the Margherita flatbread pizza which was the best frozen gluten-free pizza that we’ve tried, that we can buy locally. We’ve tasted every brand that is sold here and none of them compares to the Bella Monica product. The standard 10″ size is really a little small for us, but that is the largest gluten-free pizza sold here, no matter the brand.

Bella Monica also makes a Mushroom and Herb pizza and their Spinach and Tomato pizza is made with fresh spinach.  At present, they are the only company using fresh spinach on a packaged gluten-free pizza. The company is really interested in customer feedback which is refreshing, to say the least.

If you’re in the Raleigh NC area you can enjoy Bella Monica pizza and other gluten-free dishes at the company’s restaurant – Bella Monica. The gluten-free menu is quite impressive offering traditional Italian fare including, but not limited to: Shrimp Scampi, Chicken Parmigiana, Stuffed Shells, Eggplant Parmigiana, Shrimp and ‘Italian Grits’. If like I was, you’re wondering what that is, it’s polenta. You can view Bella Monica’s amazing gluten-free menu here.

Give Bella Monica flatbread pizzas a try if you find them in your area. They truly are a cut above the average frozen gluten-free pizza! Let us know if you’ve tried these pizzas yet and if so, where you found them.

NOTE: If you like to make your own crust, here are a few recipes you might be interested in.