A few weeks ago, local pizza chain Alexandra’s joined Twitter (and followed our blog). I got extremely excited about their first tweet:
I immediately tweeted at them asking for more information. They put me in touch with their marketing consultant, who has family members with Celiac and who seemed to really understand my concerns about gluten-containing ingredients and cross-contamination. Her first e-mail gave some information, including the fact that the dough is made off-site to reduce the chance of cross-contamination.
But then something weird happened. I replied to her asking for more information (and re-sent the e-mail a week later) and she has still not responded. Even worse, the Alexandra’s Pizza website now contains a page about their gluten-free crust with this statement:
“Our medium pizza is now available with a Gluten Free crust. However, no guarantee can be given that the pizza has not come into contact with flour or products containing flour or gluten and therefore is not recommended for those following a Gluten Free diet for the protection of their health.”
I appreciate them being honest about this, but it’s still very disappointing. Pretty much all of the restaurants I eat at are not 100% gluten-free, but as long as they take reasonable precautions (as I do in my own kitchen), there is no reason to issue a blanket statement shooing Celiacs and those with gluten sensitivity towards the door.
If you are looking for gluten-free pizza in the HRM area, here are a few places that do serve Celiacs.
- Piez Bistro (Cole Harbour)
- Morris East (Downtown Halifax and Bedford)
- Bramoso (Quinpool Road, Halifax)
- Freeman’s Little New York (Various Locations)
- Pizzatown (Various locations)
- Boston Pizza (Various locations)