Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pizza, Pizza!

Some friends had invited us over for dinner one Friday night and we were really looking forward to it. They asked if we could bring a salad and some wine. But as we pulled up to their house at 6:00 on the dot we noticed something strange.... a Domino's Pizza car was pulling out of the drive way. "Oh no," my husband said, "Now don't get upset". But I was upset, my friends know I'm gluten-free. There must be some kind of explanation. "Maybe that's why they asked you to bring a salad," he smirked. "Ha ha," I retorted. We entered cautiously, me with an exaggerated smile plastered on my face, and immediately my friend said "Look what we got you!!". It was a beautiful and delicious looking gluten-free pizza from Mellow Mushroom. Guess we shouldn't have been so quick to judge.

If you live in the Wilmington, NC area you are no doubt super excited, ecstatic and just plain beside yourself now that there are TWO, I repeat TWO,  pizza parlors in our tiny little town that serve gluten-free pizza.  But how do they taste?  Well, my first experience with take out gluten-free pizza was indeed Mellow Mushroom and it was DElicous. My friend had ordered a white pizza with grilled chicken and sun dried tomatoes. The gluten-free crust reminded me of a rich whole wheat crust that I used to order from a gourmet pizza place in Vegas and I loved it! I felt like I was eating a real pizza.


My second experience with a gluten-free take-out pizza was at Incredible Pizza at 1952 Eastwood Road. I specify the location because we seem to have a million Incredible Pizza's here, only two of which are actually related to each other. Incredible not only offers a gluten-free pizza but also has dairy-free options. But BEWARE: the dairy-free cheese there is not good. I could barely get past the look of it, much less the smell, but I did it for you guys.  And even after disguising it with oregano and some red pepper flakes it was still tough to get down. All you dairy-free-ers out there, you just remember I took one for the team when I put that pizza in my mouth.  As for the gluten-free crust, this version tastes more like the real thing. In fact this thinner, crisper version (unlike the softer, whole wheaty flavor of Mellow Mushroom's crust) is quite good. At this time the gluten-free pizza is offered in a personal size only.  Another cool thing about Incredible is that all their pizzas are available to take and bake.

Incredible Gourmet Pizza on Urbanspoon

Now if you live elsewhere, there a quite a few Pizza chains jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon including Godfather's Pizza (one of my favorite's in Vegas) and Uno Chicago Grill. Check out this review on Godfather's gluten-free pizza. There is also a fabulous gluten-free pizza available at Jules Thin Crust Pizza in Doylestown,  PA.  For a list of gluten-free pizza restaurants around the nation check out this page for more information, it was really helpful to me when I was visiting the flam in Jersey.

Until next time,

Eat Pizza, Drink and Be Gluten-Free

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2 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try those pizzas. Also, Elizabeth's Pizza in Greensboro, NC--not affiliated with the chain--has gluten free pizza that is DE-lish!

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  2. Pizza chains are looking for ways to make their products more healthy.

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