One of the toughest things to find a good gluten-free replacement for is pizza. Over the past few years, I have found a few good substitutes, though, and I thought I’d share my findings.
Obviously, you have two options: make pizza at home or go out. Personally, I like making pizza at home because you have more control and the risk of cross-contamination is far less. Here are the at-home options I’ve tried and how it went.
- Big Life Pizza: These pre-made fresh and frozen pizzas are gluten-free and delicious. I love the pepperoni flavour! It can be found at the Halifax Farmer’s Market as well as various organic stores in Halifax.
- Kinnikinnick frozen pizza crusts: These are a staple in our freezer. (In fact, I think that this is what Boston Pizza uses.) They are fairly thin, square shaped, and quite tasty, although a little chewy. Find them in the frozen gluten-free section of your supermarket. $7.99 for four crusts.
- Udi’s gluten-free pizza crusts: Definitely the best option that I have found so far. Fresh, thin, and pretty close to “real” pizza. Way better fresh than frozen. You can find them in the bakery or the frozen gluten-free section of your supermarket. $5.99 for two crusts.
- There are also lots of pizza crust mixes out there. I’ve tried Bob’s Red Mill, and although it was pretty dense, it had a good flavor.
If you’re wondering what to add for toppings, remember that most vegetables and cheeses are gluten-free. Bacon is a good choice, too – just remember to check the ingredients. Pillers makes several kinds of gluten-free salami and spiced meats. As well, Maple Leaf Natural Selections salami and Pizza Delight pepperoni contain no gluten, although they are not guaranteed to be gluten-free.
If you’d rather go out for your pizza fix, here are some options.
- Boston Pizza offers gluten-free pizza with quite a few toppings. One of my favorites.
- The Pizzatown chain in the Halifax area has gluten-free pizza. Although it’s good, toppings are pretty limited.
- The Pizza Market in Truro and Pictou also has good gluten-free pizza with plenty of toppings.
- Bramoso Pizza (Quinpool Road in Halifax), Pizza Delight, Pizza Pizza, and Martha’s Pizza (Bedford) all have gluten-free options, too! I haven’t tried any of them, though, so I’d like to hear from anyone who has.
If you have any other pizza suggestions, we’d love to hear them! How do you satisfy your pizza craving?