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April 28, 2013

Your Pie: Gluten Free Journey Series

Recently, I had the opportunity to try a new pizza restaurant in Murfreesboro thanks to a late but lovely birthday dinner given to me by one of my favorite families. Upon entering, I wasn’t sure about it because it was absolutely deserted. However, when I found out that they served gelato and displayed a pizza bar similar to the sub bar at subway, I was pretty excited to indulge. Then, I found out the kids ate for $3 on this particular night, which made it even better since my friends have three boys. My friend assured me they had gluten free crust before we went, so I felt pretty confident about ordering a pizza. Gluten-free pizza crust can be tricky. It is either soft and chewy or crunchy like a cracker. I prefer the soft and chewy. I also have been reducing my lactose intake because I still have stomach issues even with being off gluten. I was delighted to find that they had vegan cheese, a substance called daiya. I knew I was risking it by getting cheese that is not really cheese, but I figured if I piled on enough toppings, it would cover up whatever weird taste the daiya might have! I decided to go all vegan since they had so many choices. It really is laid out like Subway where you choose your toppings, and they make the pizza right in front of you. There were several sauces to choose from, but I went with the basic marinara. My pizza artist then sprinkled on a layer of the mysterious cheese like substance called daiya. Then, I chose mushrooms, tomatoes, and fresh basil.

A few minutes later, a steaming hot pizza appeared in front of me at our booth. It smelled amazing, so I dove in. I was in food heaven for a moment. Daiya is delicious, whatever it is. It’s slightly sweet and creamy in texture, but it isn’t thick like cream cheese. The crust was soft and chewy, very much like a regular hand tossed crust. The toppings were fresh, and I ended up eating the entire ten inch pizza. If that weren’t enough, I then indulged in a small cup of rasberry sorbet gelato. Again, it was dairy-free. My best friend’s husband ordered the rather ordinary pepperoni pizza, but it was anything but ordinary. Our pizza artist spread the marinara on the hand tossed crust, and then he got a bit fancy with it. He sprinkled on a small bit of crushed garlic and fresh Italian herbs before tossing a thick layer of mozzarella over the sauce and neatly placed pepperoni slices. If you are gluten or lactose intolerant, or if you just like a creative gourmet pizza, they have your pie!

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2 Comments »

  1. The only glutten free pizza i have ever eaten was one i cooked. I made an almond crust pizza. Everything was fresh but the pizza was too soggy. 😦

    Comment by Michael — July 15, 2014 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

    • gluten free Bisquick has been a Godsend-for pizza crust, biscuits, pancakes, etc.

      Comment by desi83 — July 16, 2014 @ 4:15 am | Reply


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