NYPD Pizza | Triumph Dining Pizza Week

NYPD-Pizza-LogoAs we continue on our tour of Gluten-Free Pizza offerings across the country we spent some time at NYPD Pizza in Arizona.

NYPD Pizza is a 17-year-old business with 11 locations in the Phoenix area and, CEO Rich Stark was nice enough to spend some time with us.

He started with a gluten-free pizza at just one location and has expanded to all the stores, in addition to becoming vegan friendly. Their dough is sourced from a gluten-free dough provider and they take many precautions to minimize the potential of cross-contamination, including a separate oven and dedicated gluten-free prep area. They also use color coded delivery bags and cutters to protect the integrity of the gluten-free offering. That being said, like all of the restaurants we visited, they try and give their visitors all of the information they can so that they can make a determination if NYPD Pizza can meet their dietary needs. Continue reading “NYPD Pizza | Triumph Dining Pizza Week”

Pizza Expo – Part Two | Triumph Dining

photo (10)Welcome back to Pizza Week! We continue on with more about the Pizza Expo we attended this past spring.

We must have tried two dozen gluten-free pizzas that afternoon, most of which were not made in a contamination-free area. The quality is definitely going in the right direction. Several of them were indistinguishable from the gluten-filled pizzas of our previous lives. All of the vendors we met with understood the importance of teaching their restaurants the proper conditions necessary to make a pizza for people with celiac disease and serious GF allergies, although they all had reservations about their restaurants ability to stay complaint. Continue reading “Pizza Expo – Part Two | Triumph Dining”

Kicking Off Pizza Week | Triumph Dining

photo (11)To kick off Gluten-Free Pizza Week on the Triumph Dining Blog, we wanted to share with you our great experience of attending the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas this past spring.

Our purpose for attending was to gauge the prevalence of gluten-free in the pizza industry. To achieve this goal we were granted a press pass from the show organizers.

There were more than 1,000 vendors at the show including some old friends showing their commercial gluten-free pizza crust offerings:

  • ·         Udi’s
  • ·         Kinnikinnick
  • ·         Schar
  • ·         Conte’s
  • ·         Venice Bakery, and
  • ·         Pamela’s


In addition, we were pleased to meet some new vendors like Minsa, Rizzuto, DeIorio’s and Richs; all of whom had new crust and dough offerings made from corn and rice.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of an overview of the Pizza Expo as well as a continuation of Pizza Week!


Triumph Dining launches Gluten-Free Beer Week by blasting off with New Planet Brewing

7393aa84039653fb_New-Planet-6pak_12oz_glass-e1289410543219For the start of Beer Week on the Triumph Dining Blog we had the pleasure of trying three beers from New Planet Brewing in Boulder, Colorado.

Seneca Murley over at New Planet Brewery reached out to us and sent their Treadlightly, 3R Raspberry and Off Grid Pale Ales.

For a long time, the different styles of beers available to the rest of the market have not been easily available for celiacs and other gluten-free drinkers.

New Planet definitely shifts the table toward the rest of theindustry with these three libations. We live in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale country, which is THE local favorite. New Planet’s Pale Ale stacks upwell against Sierra and has an expected hoppy bite that retreats to a smooth aftertaste. One of our reviewers even tasted a hint of scotch flavor.

The Raspberry brew is just like the fruit beers made in the Belgium tradition. In fact, we served them to some friends without telling them they were drinking gluten-free beers and no one knew the wiser. It had the sweet taste that many people like, especially on a hot day.

Treadlighty was actually my favorite – I usually like lagers and this met my needs and taste well. It had a crisp flavor and was exactly what I would choose while watching a football game on a cool Fall day.

You can’t go wrong with any of the New Planet offerings and we can onlyhope that they have enough success to allow them to expand their  portfolio of beers to other styles in the future.