Pizza is amazing. Who doesn’t love pizza? Unfortunately for gluten free folks, eating safely at pizza restaurants can be a challenge with so much flour flying around. For a cuisine filled with gluten containing dishes, Italian restaurants are some of the best at catering for gluten free customers. But how many of them are doing enough to keep gluten free customers safe? Do you feel safe eating gluten free pizza at restaurants?
Some celiacs say they never eat gluten free pizza at restaurants. The only pizza they eat is the pizza they create themselves at home because they don’t trust that the pizza at restaurants is safe enough for them to eat.
Other celiacs say that they of course eat gluten free pizza. They will eat pizza whenever and wherever they can get their hands on it and they are so happy to have the option. Cross contamination is a possibility in any restaurant which isn’t entirely gluten free so if you are going to eat out at all why limit yourself?
When I was first diagnosed I thought I would never again enjoy the taste of a freshly baked pizza but I soon discovered there was such a thing as gluten free pizza. Woohoo! I then began to order pizza at any restaurant I found which offered a gluten free option but I just as quickly found out that gluten free doesn’t always mean 100% gluten free. Burned (and ill for a week at a time!) due to cross contamination on a few different occasions, this scared me away from ordering pizza at restaurants and I resorted to making my own.
Nowadays I do eat pizza at restaurants but I’m extremely picky about which restaurants.
Pizza is awesome, obviously, and there are an increasing number of pizza places and Italian restaurants offering gluten free pizza. The precautions each restaurant takes to keep gluten free customers safe however seems to vary pretty extensively from simply offering gluten free bases to having a whole separate prep area, utensils, ingredients and oven for making gluten free pizza. Most of the restaurants with gluten free options that I’ve come across fall somewhere in the middle.
So what are your thoughts on this? Do you go out for gluten free pizza? Will you eat ‘gluten free’ pizza anywhere that offers it or do you only eat at the one or two places you consider to be safe?
Tune in next week for my tips on ordering safe gluten free pizza, no matter where you are in the world!