But you don't have to give up pizza if you're eating gluten-free — not at all! As awareness of the gluten-free diet has grown, the availability of gluten-free pizza has grown right along with it.
These days, you can order pizza out, have it delivered hot to your door, or pop a frozen pizza in the oven at home. You've also got choices that range from vegan pizza to gourmet varieties ... all gluten-free. Most of them are pretty good, and some are good enough that you won't be able to tell the difference from the pizza you remember.
Here's a run-down of the gluten-free pizza options available — I've included pizza restaurants, carry-out and delivery outlets, plus frozen pizzas and "make-your-own" crusts and mixes.
I'd also love to hear your suggestions. When you're done getting new ideas, scroll down to the "Readers Respond" button at the end of this article to add your own suggestions or to read what other people enjoy in gluten-free pizza.
Gluten-Free Pizza Restaurants, Delivery Outlets Expand Nationwide
Want to enjoy pizza in a restaurant? How about delivered right to your door? Well, national and regional pizza chains are actively courting the gluten-free market, and you now can find gluten-free pizza restaurants and delivery options in many markets. Large chains like Uno Chicago Grill and Godfather's Pizza lead the way, but many smaller chains such as Pizza Fusion and zpizza also offer some excellent gluten-free pizza options.
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Gluten-Free Frozen Pizzas Come in All Shapes, Sizes
If you simply want to pop a frozen pizza in the oven, you don't have to settle for plain cheese (unless, of course, you prefer plain cheese!). Gluten-free frozen pizzas come in all sorts of crusts (think: folding thin crust and thick-crust Sicilian) and with all sorts of toppings (spicy chicken barbecue and spinach both are options). Your local grocery store may carry one or two of these frozen pizzas, and you can order more online to be shipped direct to you.
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Make Your Own Pizza Using a Pre-Made Crust or a Crust Mix
Obviously, the tough part of creating a great gluten-free pizza is creating the crust; pizza toppings can easily be made gluten-free. To make it easier on us, a wide variety of gluten-free bakeries and food manufacturers have developed both frozen gluten-free pizza crusts and pizza crust mixes to make at home. Just add your favorite sauce and toppings and bake as instructed, and you'll have almost-homemade pizza.
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Start From Scratch with One of These GF Pizza Recipes
If you want to make your pizza 100% yours but don't really know where to start (gluten-free baking is tricky, after all), these gluten-free pizza recipes offer tried-and-true blueprints for the perfect pizza. They also offer options for those of us who have intolerances to ingredients other than gluten (the xantham and guar gums so prevalent in GF cooking, for example). Buy your own pizza stone (always make sure to use one that's never touched gluten, since the porous stone can't be cleaned effectively) and mix up one of these recipes.
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Options for Vegan, GFCF Gluten-Free Pizzas Increasing
Eating gluten-free is tough enough, but when you add in the necessity of avoiding other ingredients, it gets even more difficult. But for two special diets — the gluten-free casein-free diet and the vegan diet — it's possible to find decent pre-made gluten-free pizza. Of course, you always can make your own using a GFCF or a vegan mix or pre-made crust, too.
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