By Zach

Let’s see what’s on the gluten-free dinner table this evening: maybe it’ll be rice noodle spaghetti and meatballs, or maybe a zesty quinoa salad with chicken, or perhaps…a half veggie, half sausage gluten-free crusted pizza from Domino’s! Wouldn’t that be exhilarating? Well, now you can have your own whack at any kind of pie from Domino’s now that they have gone on the record to claim that their glutenless crust is “appropriate for those with mild gluten sensitivity,” however, it is not suggested for people with Celiac Disease – discouraging we know.

Before we get your hopes too high, yes, of course, there’s always some kind of catch or folly with such good news as this. I’m sure this progressive step for the pizza industry isn’t as piquant to those who don’t get to reap the benefits, rather it just keeps you a bit cynical and on the edge. The fact that Domino’s only recommends this new concoction to people with mild gluten sensitivity almost nullifies half the gluten intolerant demographic.

As the second largest pizza-making corporation, just behind Pizza Hut and ahead of Papa Johns, Domino’s is required to reveal this information because their gluten-free commodities will still be made in the same kitchen as all the other gluten products (e.g. flour and dough) that are tossed around in their frenetic and fast-food environment. Cross-contamination is almost an inevitable issue and is probably one of the leading reasons for this dietary disclaimer.

We realize this watershed will make some of you feel enthroned and have others of you (needing 0 parts per million) bemoaning at the irrelevance, but we do think this new formula at Domino’s is an exciting stepping stone for the world of gluten-free consumers.

This semi-crowd-pleasing gluten-free solution will be offered at most of their 5,000 locations nationwide, yet will only be available in the 10” size and for about $3 more than a gluten-containing crust. Having been approved by the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness, this new doughy recipe now welcomes Domino’s on board with thousands of other organizations, establishments, and restaurants (Carrabbas, P.F. Changs, and a whole host of independent joints) to help encourage and cater to the gluten- free community.

The founder and president of the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness, Alice Bast, has been quoted saying that, “The NFCA is thrilled that Domino’s Pizza has developed a product that will improve the quality of life for many of the estimated 18 million Americans who are gluten sensitive.” Certainly if someone of her status and respectability can optimistically look at this news then the most skeptical of gluten-free eaters can as well. It’s one small step for man, one 10” cheesy leap for the gluten-free kind.