All zpizza locations offer gluten-free pizza!

provenceOne of the main things people who can’t eat gluten miss when dining out is pizza. I never made pizza before my celiac diagnosis but I soon learned that I had to start, or go without it. At that time, we did not have any gluten-free pizza options in Atlanta.

Even though I eventually settled on the pizza crust mix from Gluten Free Naturals (which is excellent by the way), I don’t think a pizza made in a home oven will ever be as good as one from a pizza place. These days Atlanta seems to be in a race with NYC in regards to how many places offer gluten-free pizza. Therefore I very rarely make pizza at home anymore.

But not everyone lives in NYC or Atlanta. Presently, zpizza has 88  locations around the U.S. They came to offer gluten-free pizza because the CEO’s sister has celiac and he wanted her to be able to enjoy pizza. The rest as they say, is history. Now anyone near a zpizza location can enjoy great gluten-free pizza as well. There are new stores set to open in NYC (in the West Village) and San Francisco!

The CA based company started rolling out their gluten-free service slowly. They wanted to get it right of course, but the company just confirmed to me that they now offer gluten-free pizza at all zpizza locations! The company prides itself on using fresh ingredients and offering interesting toppings. The result of their efforts is great tasting unique pizzas! I’ve only eaten at the Metro Atlanta locations in  Alpharetta and Duluth. Those stores actually offer gluten-free brownies and carrot cake! Sorry – this is available only in the Atlanta area.

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Don’t worry, you can order an apple pie pizza if you can’t get cake or a brownie at your zpizza. It’s sort of a large dessert and will serve 2-4 people. It’s a wonderful apple dessert, with a strong almond flavor. I order it without the extra almonds on top.

The carrot cake is some of the best in town and a gluten eating friend of mine could not believe the brownie was gluten-free. The trick is that zpizza does not tell their gluten eating patrons those two desserts are gluten-free. This is how they can afford to stock them – they sell them to everyone. And everyone loves them because they are in fact, quite delicious! If you want to make your own carrot cake, check out this post.

Danny Kim owns the two zpizza locations in the burbs here. He’s very involved with the local gluten-free and Autistic communities.  zpizzawould do well to have more people like Danny owning stores around the country. Danny and his right hand man, Glenn Hockert, are simply fine individuals. They very much care that we get safe gluten-free pizza and even desserts – what more could we ask for?

Let us know if you have a zpizza location near you in the comments below. If you’re not sure – check out the locations here!


26 thoughts on “All zpizza locations offer gluten-free pizza!”

  1. I live in Southern California, and used to dine regularly at the Zpizza in my neighborhood. Then, my daughter and I were diagnosed with Celiac Disease and our pizza dining days were over. A couple months ago my friend told me that she heard from a friend that Zpizza offers GF pizza. My Mom (also GF) called that neighborhood pizza, and they said, “not yet.” I hasten to add that the location is not a franchise and is owned by the company. Four days ago, I was walking through the strip mall that houses the Zpizza, and I stopped in and asked about the status of their GF pizza option. The manager told me that very few locations have the GF pizza because it needs to be prepared in ovens with separate “compartments.” This particular location is hoping to offer it when they replace their pizza oven in early 2010. My fingers are crossed. My mom has eaten at a Zpizza in a town about 20 miles away and says its fabulous.

  2. I live in Southern California, and used to dine regularly at the Zpizza in my neighborhood. Then, my daughter and I were diagnosed with Celiac Disease and our pizza dining days were over. A couple months ago my friend told me that she heard from a friend that Zpizza offers GF pizza. My Mom (also GF) called that neighborhood pizza, and they said, “not yet.” I hasten to add that the location is not a franchise and is owned by the company. Four days ago, I was walking through the strip mall that houses the Zpizza, and I stopped in and asked about the status of their GF pizza option. The manager told me that very few locations have the GF pizza because it needs to be prepared in ovens with separate “compartments.” This particular location is hoping to offer it when they replace their pizza oven in early 2010. My fingers are crossed. My mom has eaten at a Zpizza in a town about 20 miles away and says its fabulous.

  3. Hi Glee – I work for the zpizza corporate office and would definitely like to get this situation rectified for you and our other gluten-free guests! All of our locations should be offering the gluten-free crust as of 10/1 and I can definitely assure you that all of our corporate stores currently do. It sounds like there might be some miscommunication at one of the locations that I’d definitely like to clear up. If you can let me know which location you visited, I’ll be sure to reach out to them! As an FYI, we use special pans to cook the gluten-free crusts and have specific procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination, but we are not replacing our ovens. I hope you get to enjoy your pie soon!

  4. Hi Glee – I work for the zpizza corporate office and would definitely like to get this situation rectified for you and our other gluten-free guests! All of our locations should be offering the gluten-free crust as of 10/1 and I can definitely assure you that all of our corporate stores currently do. It sounds like there might be some miscommunication at one of the locations that I’d definitely like to clear up. If you can let me know which location you visited, I’ll be sure to reach out to them! As an FYI, we use special pans to cook the gluten-free crusts and have specific procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination, but we are not replacing our ovens. I hope you get to enjoy your pie soon!

  5. I was very excited to hear that Zpizza offered Gluten Free Pizza, so I went to a Southern California location located in Orange County. I chose my sauce and cheese and watched them make it specially for me! Sadly, about an hour after I ate 3 slices of pizza I felt very sick to my stomach. The indigestion and stomach cramping lasted for almost 24 hours! I have been a Celiac since June of 2009 and have had success at most Gluten Free locations. I was very dissapointed when I got sick from ZPizza. I had spoken to my girlfriend Kristen who also has Celiac disease and she got sick at a Laguna Beach location one week before me. I wish this was not true, but I will NOT be going back to ZPizza.

  6. I was very excited to hear that Zpizza offered Gluten Free Pizza, so I went to a Southern California location located in Orange County. I chose my sauce and cheese and watched them make it specially for me! Sadly, about an hour after I ate 3 slices of pizza I felt very sick to my stomach. The indigestion and stomach cramping lasted for almost 24 hours! I have been a Celiac since June of 2009 and have had success at most Gluten Free locations. I was very dissapointed when I got sick from ZPizza. I had spoken to my girlfriend Kristen who also has Celiac disease and she got sick at a Laguna Beach location one week before me. I wish this was not true, but I will NOT be going back to ZPizza.

  7. Hi,

    Just wanted to let everyone know that you can get gluten free pizza @ Carlo’s in Englishtown, NJ. Rt. 9 North bound side at Union Hill Rd. For a plain pie, about the size of Domino’s regular, they ask $19. But when you put on the toppings, it can get it a little pricey. I did come to realize that any GF pizza is really not that good when it’s reheated. The crust just isn’t the same.

    They also offer GF carrot cake, $9 a slice.

  8. Hi,

    Just wanted to let everyone know that you can get gluten free pizza @ Carlo’s in Englishtown, NJ. Rt. 9 North bound side at Union Hill Rd. For a plain pie, about the size of Domino’s regular, they ask $19. But when you put on the toppings, it can get it a little pricey. I did come to realize that any GF pizza is really not that good when it’s reheated. The crust just isn’t the same.

    They also offer GF carrot cake, $9 a slice.

  9. Erin – so sorry you got sick but I hope you told the restaurant what happened so they can figure out what went wrong. If they don’t know you got sick, they for sure can’t investigate what went awry with your pie. Any restaruant trying to feed us deserves to know when they mess up. Otherwise there is no reason for them to make food for us. If one person gets sick then it’s likely others will too and if no one speaks up, eventually the restaurant won’t have any gluten-free customers to worry about. I can’t speak for the owner of your zpizza (or theh one in Laguna Beach), but if they are anything like the guy that owns the locations here, they want to make safe food for you. Please tell them they messed up (if you didn’t already) so they can do that for you and everyone else in your area that can’t eat gluten. You can also e-mail or call the zpizza corporate office if you don’t want to speak with your local store directly.

    Thanks for the info Deb! Wow – $9 for cake is a bit much but sometimes you do want cake that you don’t have to make :)

  10. Erin – so sorry you got sick but I hope you told the restaurant what happened so they can figure out what went wrong. If they don’t know you got sick, they for sure can’t investigate what went awry with your pie. Any restaruant trying to feed us deserves to know when they mess up. Otherwise there is no reason for them to make food for us. If one person gets sick then it’s likely others will too and if no one speaks up, eventually the restaurant won’t have any gluten-free customers to worry about. I can’t speak for the owner of your zpizza (or theh one in Laguna Beach), but if they are anything like the guy that owns the locations here, they want to make safe food for you. Please tell them they messed up (if you didn’t already) so they can do that for you and everyone else in your area that can’t eat gluten. You can also e-mail or call the zpizza corporate office if you don’t want to speak with your local store directly.

    Thanks for the info Deb! Wow – $9 for cake is a bit much but sometimes you do want cake that you don’t have to make :)

  11. In the Denver Colorado area, Beau Jo’s Pizza offers gluten free pizza! They offer it with dairy-free cheese or with regular cheese. Wednesday nights are “Wheat-free Wednesdays.” They also carry Deby’s Gluten-free desserts at the Beau Jo’s on Colorado Blvd. They have locations in Idaho Springs, Evergreen, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Denver, and Arvada. You can get them oven baked at the restaurant or get them “take and bake.”

  12. In the Denver Colorado area, Beau Jo’s Pizza offers gluten free pizza! They offer it with dairy-free cheese or with regular cheese. Wednesday nights are “Wheat-free Wednesdays.” They also carry Deby’s Gluten-free desserts at the Beau Jo’s on Colorado Blvd. They have locations in Idaho Springs, Evergreen, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Denver, and Arvada. You can get them oven baked at the restaurant or get them “take and bake.”

  13. Renita – thanks for the info! I’ve heard great things about Deby’s which is part of the reason I want to go to Denver for vacation one day! Denver seems to be the place to be on the West coast for the gluten-free set.

  14. Renita – thanks for the info! I’ve heard great things about Deby’s which is part of the reason I want to go to Denver for vacation one day! Denver seems to be the place to be on the West coast for the gluten-free set.

  15. I would love to discover that there is a gluten-free pizza place in Montgomery, AL! Atlanta is a little far to go even for something as special as real pizza that is GF. Mary

  16. I would love to discover that there is a gluten-free pizza place in Montgomery, AL! Atlanta is a little far to go even for something as special as real pizza that is GF. Mary

  17. Mary – I’ve heard that Montgomery is not the best place for gluten-free dining options. If I was there, I would take my own pizza crust (www.islandgfbakery.com) into a pizza joint (not a large chain) during non peak hours. Ask to speak to the manager or owner and go ask if they’d be willing to use your crust to make your pizza. They would have to devise a way to cook it safely and check ingredients in toppings and sauces. Due to the extra steps they’d have to take for you, they will likely not give you any type of discount on the price of a pizza, even though they are not supplying a crust. Their cost for the gluten crust probably runs only about $1.

    The place we have pizza most often now has gf chicken tenders, pasta and beer too. This all started from my friend taking her own crust in and asking the owner to make them pizza. Last year a good friend of mine here asked her pizza joint if they would consider offering gluten-free pizza. They told her they definitely were not. Just a couple of months ago they started offering both gluten-free desserts and pizza. Things are changing but it’s up to us to nudge them along whenever possible. Good luck to you!

  18. Mary – I’ve heard that Montgomery is not the best place for gluten-free dining options. If I was there, I would take my own pizza crust (www.islandgfbakery.com) into a pizza joint (not a large chain) during non peak hours. Ask to speak to the manager or owner and go ask if they’d be willing to use your crust to make your pizza. They would have to devise a way to cook it safely and check ingredients in toppings and sauces. Due to the extra steps they’d have to take for you, they will likely not give you any type of discount on the price of a pizza, even though they are not supplying a crust. Their cost for the gluten crust probably runs only about $1.

    The place we have pizza most often now has gf chicken tenders, pasta and beer too. This all started from my friend taking her own crust in and asking the owner to make them pizza. Last year a good friend of mine here asked her pizza joint if they would consider offering gluten-free pizza. They told her they definitely were not. Just a couple of months ago they started offering both gluten-free desserts and pizza. Things are changing but it’s up to us to nudge them along whenever possible. Good luck to you!

  19. I have eaten at the Z Pizza a couple of times in San Ramon CA. The first visit, I asked the counter employee if they spread the sauce on all of the “regular” crusts and gluten free crusts with the same utensils. They replied “yes”. I mentioned that this cross contaminates the sauce with any flour on the pizza surface. They shrugged it off and didn’t know what to say. I decided to get a Greek-style pizza that has no sauce, and had no problems.
    On my second visit, I asked if they use the same utensils in sauce for all pizzas, and they said, “yes, we do.” The staff said that they have never been told to do otherwise.They just looked at me. When I mentioned that some people could get really sick from the cross contamination, the worker replied “Well, I don’t have the problem (celiac) myself so I wouldn’t know.”
    Enough said……

  20. I have eaten at the Z Pizza a couple of times in San Ramon CA. The first visit, I asked the counter employee if they spread the sauce on all of the “regular” crusts and gluten free crusts with the same utensils. They replied “yes”. I mentioned that this cross contaminates the sauce with any flour on the pizza surface. They shrugged it off and didn’t know what to say. I decided to get a Greek-style pizza that has no sauce, and had no problems.
    On my second visit, I asked if they use the same utensils in sauce for all pizzas, and they said, “yes, we do.” The staff said that they have never been told to do otherwise.They just looked at me. When I mentioned that some people could get really sick from the cross contamination, the worker replied “Well, I don’t have the problem (celiac) myself so I wouldn’t know.”
    Enough said……

  21. Kathi – that is terrible! I hope you spoke to a manager or the corporate office abut this serious problem. Our zpizzas here are fabulous and have separate utensils for everything. They even use pans with really high sides to cook the gluten-free pizzas in – just to be extra safe with our food!

  22. Kathi – that is terrible! I hope you spoke to a manager or the corporate office abut this serious problem. Our zpizzas here are fabulous and have separate utensils for everything. They even use pans with really high sides to cook the gluten-free pizzas in – just to be extra safe with our food!

  23. Here’s my question to everyone out there… how can a pizza joint truely offer a GF pizza without using a seperate oven to cook these speciality pies? I just got off the phone with a local place that says the offer GF pizza. I askeds them if they use a seperat oven and I was told, “No, we just use seperate pans.”
    Here’s the problem with this: While cooking, steam rises causign condisation to fall back down on to food that is oven. (this my friends, is cross contamination – no way around it!)
    Even if every other procaution is used to ensure it doesn’t come across gluten ie; seperate sauce, cheese, extras, utensils… you can’t avoid the steam factor, which will cross contaminate.

    So, I am off to make my GF pizza to bring to this place, so my daughter can enjoy a slice with her buddies after their last basketball game.
    (I wish it could be easier…)

  24. The zpizzas in our area were certified by the GREAT program offered by the NFCA (www.celiaccentral.org). Many places that serve gluten-free pizza were certified by the GIG program (www.glutenfreerestaurants.org). Most of the places don’t have separate ovens for the gluten-free pizzas. We have enjoyed gluten-free pizzas at five different places in Atlanta and at three places in NYC. What I’ve been served for over a year now is indeed gluten-free. The gluten-free customer base is so large at zpizza here that they just brought in gluten-free sandwiches/pasta and reformulated many of the house made soups to be gluten-free. The celiac experts I’ve talked to about safe gluten-free pizza prep do not think separate pizza ovens are required. Luckily, it’s a free country and everyone can make their own decisions about what and where to eat out 😉

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