Heather Sliwinski

Gluten-free Pizza: How to Make Sure It’s Gluten-free

Gluten-free PizzaPizza shows up everywhere – corporate events, kids’ birthday parties, game day, after work drinks, before the movies, adult birthday parties, work lunches, friends’ houses or even as a substitute for holiday meals. There’s something about the combo of crust, tomato sauce and cheese that everyone can get behind. However, gluten-free eaters find navigating these pizza-heavy events tricky, even if gluten-free pizza is on the menu. Staying gluten-free while eating pizza isn’t as simple as just swapping in a gluten-free crust.

So here are some quick survival tips for all our gluten-free, pizza lovers out there. AND, some stats on #nimatested gluten-free pizza from our Nima community.

Questions you should ask when ordering gluten-free pizza

Some might be obvious, but quite a few we learned to ask after still finding gluten in gluten-free pizzas with Nima.

  • Are there dedicated gluten-free prep space and toppings?
  • Does the staff change their gloves?
  • Is the gluten-free pizza cooked in the same oven as conventional pizza?
  • If cooked in the same oven, is it put on a sheet of tinfoil or on a cooking dish reserved for gluten-free orders?
  • Is the gluten-free dough made in-house?
  • Is it a frozen gluten-free pizza that will be cooked to order?
  • Are there dedicated gluten-free pizza cutters?
  • If ordering delivery, ask if your pizza will be stored in the same to-go container as a conventional pizza. You may wish to ask if they have dedicated gluten-free insulated bags.

Depending on the toppings you like, you may need to ask additional questions about how those items are prepared or sourced. Just because the crust is gluten-free, doesn’t mean the sausage or pepperoni is, and the restaurant may not think to warn you about gluten in toppings.

Stats on #nimatested gluten-free pizza

Nima community members are testing pizza and contributing their results into the app. Here’s what we found:

While there are now a variety gluten-free pizza options you can buy at the store and bake at home, nine out of 10 Nima tests for pizza were at restaurants.

While some home tests were for pizza made from scratch or using a pre-made crust, majority of the test results were for packaged frozen or fresh whole pizzas labeled as gluten-free. Despite the labeling, our community discovered 30% of packaged pizza had gluten.

For pizza tested at restaurants, the pizzas were labeled gluten-free on the menu or specified to be gluten-free with the restaurants. About 58% of pizzas at restaurants contained gluten. It’s a good idea to test often even if it’s at a restaurant you’ve been to before.

Updated on 11/9/2017 with Nima community data.

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