Sunday, January 18, 2009

Gluten-Free Pizza at Pizzeria Uno!

Guess where I went last night? I went to have some gluten-free pizza at Pizzeria Uno's!!! Yes. gluten-free pizza in a mainstream, large pizza chain. And it was delicious. I pink puffy heart Pizzeria Uno's.

Yesterday, I called Ant at work and begged him to take me and the wee one to Pizzeria Uno's that night for dinner. Living in the Shaolin (Staten Island, for those not following along), I have two choices for Pizzeria Uno's - going into Brooklyn or going to Jersey. Jersey was the clear cut winner since (1) the bridge is cheaper and (2) parking is easier to find. Ant begged me to call over to Uno's to make sure they had the pizza. I told him not to worry since all Pizzeria Uno's have gluten-free pizza starting this week.
So, we traveled to the Menlo Park Uno's and I saw this:
Yeah kids, this is the REGULAR GLUTEN-Y MENU. Yeah, our pizza is on the regular menu. No asking for the "gluten-free" menu. It's in black and um, yellowish on the regular menu.
The waiter came over and we ordered our drinks. The Menlo Park Pizzeria Uno is also a microbrewery, so Ant had a house-made microbrew and I opted for a glass of wine. When the waiter came back with our drinks, Ant and the wee one ordered a Pepperoni Deep Dish (non-GF) and I ordered the Pepperoni Gluten-Free Thin Crust. The waiter had a look of sadness on his face and said that they hadn't gotten in the GF Pizza Crusts yet. He went off to get me a GF menu....I was saddened that they didn't have it (and Ant saying I told you to call didn't help either) A few minutes later, the waiter came back to the table with a huge smile on his face. He spoke with the manager and said that the GF Crusts came in that morning and he put our order in.
A short amount of time went by and this was delivered to the table:
Oh yeah, a hot, fresh from the oven gluten-free pizza at a real restaurant. While I was enjoying the cheesy, pepperoni goodness, the manager stopped by and specifically asked how I liked my gluten-free pizza. I pointed out to them that we drove from Staten Island just for it and it was worth it.
Within a few minutes my pizza looked like this:

And I ate the last slice.
I definitely prefer this crust over the Still Riding Crust that is served at independent pizza parlors. This was a perfect flat bread crust with excellent sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. The crust wasn't chewy (which I find with Still Riding) and it was crisp and thin like a regular pizza.
The pizza is gluten-free, not Egg Free, Dairy Free, or Soy-Free. The ingredient list for the pepperoni pizza:
Gluten free pizza crust RICE FLOUR, FILTERED WATER, TAPIOCA STARCH, POTATO STARCH, ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, VEGETABLE SHORTENING (CANOLA OIL, HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL), SUGAR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF THE FOLLOWING: YEAST, SALT, EGGS, GELATIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, ORGANIC DEFATTED SOY FLOUR, EGG WHITES, LEAVENING (SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA), SOY LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, GUM ARABIC, ORGANIC GUAR GUM., Mozzarella Cheese part skim Low Moisture Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Pasta Sauce Uno (tomato puree, tomato, carrot, olive oil, salt, onion, garlic, sugar, spices, sugar, citric acid), Pepperoni pork, beef, salt, spices, sugar, sodium nitrate, oleoresin of paprika, citric acid, Romano Cheese grated (pastuerized sheeps milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, anti-caking agent).
I am so happy that a national chain has given me pizza back! Go Pizzeria Uno!! Next, bring on the Redbridge!!!!!!!!

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Stacey said...

My sister and I used to love going to Uno. I was excited to hear they had a GF menu but then the closed the MN location. At least it gives us another option while traveling.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Wow, that's very cool and I'm glad it was good enough to eat the whole thing. Nice!

I'm not GF, but I'm thrilled anytime a restaurant can provide for a wide variety of needs.

Now ... if they can just leave the sugar out of everything ...


Anonymous said...

Hello, I am that waiter who happened to wait on you and your family that night. We read what you had written on your receipt, and looked into it. Then when we got the e-mail that corporate sent us, from you, we looked into it further. We now carry Redbridge Gluten Free beer by Anheuser-Busch at the Uno's located in Woodbrdige. Hope to see you there sometime soon.