California Pizza Kitchen has gluten-free pizza! Does this sound like old news? It is. Sort of. Back in 2011 CPK introduced a gluten-free pizza crust to their menu but did little else to ensure its offering was gluten-free and they got panned (no pun intended). After all, most of us know by now that having a gluten-free crust isn’t all that’s necessary for a pizza to be gluten free.
If the pizza isn’t made with a gluten-free crust, in a dedicated area, cooked in a dedicated oven and topped with fixings that are free of cross contamination – it can’t be safely considered gluten free. Sometime after announcing their offering in 2011 CPK pulled it off their menu.
Now they’ve gone about things properly. This time around they’ve worked with Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) to develop a new gluten-free crust and create a safer cooking environment. Gluten free pizzas are made in a dedicated part of the kitchen with separate ingredients, trays, cutting boards and utensils. Food prep is done with clean hands and new gloves. The pizzas are cooked in dedicated pans that have a lip so they avoid touching anything else. The gluten-free crust is dairy free and made mostly of rice flour, potato flour, tapioca, salt, olive oil and cane sugar. A bamboo pick is inserted into each pizza to label it as gluten free. Click to continue reading »