Italian food is normally a four letter word in a gluten free household. Lately though, gluten free pizzas have become pretty accessible. They are available in a lot of "gluten" restaurants around Austin including:
The Brick Oven (chain)
Most of these chains source GF crusts from local company Gluten Free Kneads, one of the sponsors of Gluten Free Pizza Fest. Craigo's is the exception I know of here. The crust is thicker and more doughy. I really like it. I'll try to review it next week. Brick Oven on 35th (not associated with the chain) is probably my favorite of all the options in town. The restaurant serves up a large and varied gluten free menu including pasta, meatballs and sandwiches. It's fantastic to dine there and have choices, and it's one of Austin's most beloved gluten free friendly eateries.
Because most places use the same crust, it really gives the sauce & cheese a chance to shine (or not). The wood fired brick oven gives the pizza at Brick Oven on 35th a great subtly smoky flavor. Note the slightly charred crust edges. The sauce and cheese are also super flavorful, moreso than the others in town I've tried. My husband is a fan of their "regular" pizza for that reason. The gluten free crust is thin and is a nice combo of crispy and chewy. You can add toppings, but note that a plain GF pizza is about $12 and feeds one hungry Gluten Girl.
One thing to note is I did not consult with each restaurant about their policies to prevent cross contamination. The chance to cross contaminate at a pizza place where they make gluten dough is obviously an issue. Please be sure to ask before you order.
This post is a part of Gluten Free Pizza Fest over at ATX Gluten free. Click on over to her page to read daily recipes and learn about the pizza party being thrown to celebrate the Pizza Fest on February 24th. All pizza will be cooked by Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside, which we all know is one of my fave restaurants in town. Come join us!