Pick Your Pizza in NYC: Gluten-Free Treasures in the City That Never Sleeps

NYC Gluten Free pizza

Living in Manhattan I am constantly reminded that the city is unwaveringly boastful over two food items: pizza and bagels. Many will argue that is the creativity of cuisine and water that distinguishes both gluten-filled doughs from other cities around the world, but it just might be prideful competition that keep both popularly demanded items at their best.

While I can’t deny a good bagel (and often still have trouble finding one), pizza is one food that is hard to refuse. Whether it’s for a quick bite or a sit-down celebration, the right combination of sauce, cheese, and vegetables can satisfy any taste bud craving. Continue reading “Pick Your Pizza in NYC: Gluten-Free Treasures in the City That Never Sleeps”

Nizza, New York City

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Nizza is an Italian restaurant in New York City, which has been offering gluten-free dishes to customers since they opened in 2007. They are located on 630 9th Avenue, in a busy area of the city, very close to Times Square. Last week when I was in the city they were kind enough to let me sample some of their gluten-free items and I was very impressed!

Whilst not a completely gluten-free restaurant, Nizza offers a separate gluten free menu with lots of delicious dishes to choose from. Their chef and staff members are very well trained on gluten-free dining. They understand the serious threat of cross contamination and do everything they can to prevent it. They prepare gluten free items in a separate area and with separate utensils. As they are a small restaurant, cross contamination is, of course, always a possibility, but this is always the case unless a restaurant is 100% gluten-free. I am a very cautious and sensitive celiac, but I felt safe and comfortable eating here knowing that staff were doing everything they could to keep me safe.

Their gluten-free bread is made from a mixture of different flours and it’s really tasty. It’s the kind of bread that makes you want to double check that it’s safe for you to eat (and of course it is!) as it really doesn’t taste gluten-free at all. I couldn’t get enough of their gluten-free bruschetta topped with pesto and tomatoes. It was delicious.

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Domino’s Announces Gluten-Free Crust: One Cheesy Leap for the Gluten-Free Kind

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.

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Domino’s Introduces Gluten-free Pizza in New Zealand

Domino_s_logo_-transpMost of us that live in the U.S. are aware that this country is behind many other countries in terms of gluten-free options – both dining and products. In Australia, there is an amazing allergen food show that puts shows held in the U.S. to shame. And there have been some pretty amazing gluten-free and allergen events held here in the last few years. The presence of that Australian show is probably related to the fact that it’s “normal” for pizza places there to offer gluten-free pizza. When I first heard Dr. Peter Green talk about that fact in a radio interview, I almost fell off my chair.

Well, now the folks in New Zealand have something to celebrate in terms of gluten-free options anyway. Domino’ s Pizza, one of the largest pizza chains in the world, announced that they will offer 13 varieties of gluten-free pizzas in their New Zealand locations. This news comes to us via FoodWeek.com. Wow! Can you imagine if that happened in the U.S.? I actually can not – it would seem too unreal. We ordered pizza from a local place when I ate gluten and didn’t care much for Domino’s. Even so, if the company introduced gluten-free pizza here, I’d be the first in line to check it out!  I love Erin’s take on this interesting news on GutenFreeFun. I also agree with her that it would likely be quite a while before something that exciting happened here in the states.

One of the things I’ve always tried to do is let people that can eat gluten know how amazing the food we eat is. It takes a while (and a lot of wasted money!) to find the items you love, but they are out there for the enjoying. Want a powdered doughnut? Try the version from Celiac Specialties. Don’t like plain rice pasta? Try imported corn versions from Italy or blends from companies like Dr. Schar. Need a gluten-free cheese cracker that tastes as good as or better than the gluten versions – check out The Grainless Baker version.

I know some gluten eaters that now eat some gluten-free items, just because they love the taste of them. The more people eating gluten-free – even just a few things – the better for us. The truth is that we are a relatively small market overall and will likely never make up the majority of food shoppers. Therefore, it’s important that people that can eat gluten also buy some gluten-free items. Certainly, the cost will keep many of them away, but some people can afford the food and when that’s the case, it’s a good idea to introduce them to some amazingly tasty products.

As sales of gluten-free specialty items rise, more companies decide to jump into the gluten-free game. You never know when a company like Domino’s decides it’s financially feasible to offer gluten-free pizzas in the U.S. If that’s something that would interest you, make sure and let the company know about it. This is the e-mail contact form for the U.S. headquarters. I could not locate a toll free phone  number on the website. While we’re wishing and hoping for the new pizza here in America, the Restaurant Guide has already listed 120 national and regional chain restaurants with gluten-free options. And if you’re reading this from New Zealand – enjoy the gluten-free pizza from Domino’s!

Mellow Mushroom Begins Gluten-free Test Program

mm8c5210c89e9450Mellow Mushroom, the Atlanta based pizza chain with locations in ten states, has been working on rolling out gluten-free pizza for well over a year. They went as far as creating their own crust recipe with the flour from Domata. The company hoped to make the crusts up at their commisary and ship them out to the various locations. However, after learning about cross contamination issues, that idea wasn’t actually feasible. This was disappointing news because it pushed back the date of the test market program.

At the end of last year, Mellow Mushroom announced that they were about to roll out a gluten-free test market program, offering the pizza in a few select locations. The crusts were reportedly coming from a midwest bakery that was making the Domata flour crusts to Mellow Mushroom specs. Since Mellow Mushroom is known for having some of the best pizza around, most people had high hopes for the crust that the company created to bear their name.

The Mellow Mushroom gluten-free test market program didn’t kick off in the beginning of the year, as had been expected. There were still a few kinks to work out. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to serving the allergen community. Therefore, Mellow Mushroom fans have been trying to be patient as the final plans were put in place for the first gluten-free pizzas to be offered at select locations.

Finally, this week, Mellow Mushroom issued a statement about the gluten-free pizza roll out. The long awaited news was exciting to be sure. However, the company has done a total turn around regarding the gluten-free crust. They have now agreed to purchase the crusts from Still Riding Pizza, which some of you might know from Pizza Fusion fame. The crusts are made in a 100% gluten-free facility.

The Mellow Mushroom locations that started serving the gluten-free pizza on April 5th are as follows:

  • Delray Beach, FL
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Burlington, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Statesboro, GA
  • Albany, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Peachtree City, GA

If the test market program doesn’t meet whatever expectations the company has for it, the gluten-free pizzas are not going to roll out to other locations. Hopefully, people in the areas where these stores are will support this great effort by Mellow Mushroom. The company is reporting that the new crust will rise like their gluten pizzas do. While you’re waiting for Mellow Mushroom’s pizza to appear in your area, the Restaurant Guide lists chain and independent pizza restaurants all over America.

Zach over at Gluten Free Raleigh is test tasting the pizza in NC some time this week so hopefully he’ll post in depth review of his experience soon!