Pizza is usually a gluten filled food that Coeliacs miss out on – but around the middle of 2013, there was an explosion of gluten free pizza in the UK high street chains. We went from having one or two options (never close to home!) to get a gluten free pizza, and now it is available in many restaurants (eg Pizza Express, Prezzo, Domino’s, Pizza Hut). This is due to Coeliac UK doing wonderful work with some of the large chains, training them in all matters gluten free.
You may wonder how safe it is to eat in a gluten filled pizza restaurant? Staff are trained in cross contamination, and Pizza Express for example, use gluten free flour for tossing and stretching ALL dough, so that flour isn’t flying through the air and landing on your gluten free meal. You can see on their website page on gluten free how they have achieved Coeliac UK GF accreditation.
To help calm a worrying Coeliac’s mind, all GF pizzas are served on a black stone board and are not sliced. The only differences I have noted between different stores is that some give you a fantastic serrated knife to help cut the pizza, once I’ve had a pizza cutter, and several times just normal cutlery. The pizzas are thin crust and there are plenty of GF toppings to choose from. I have eaten in various branches around London and the UK and have had consistent service, and importantly, have never been ‘glutened’. Some visual examples of the gluten free pizzas on offer are here:
There are also some non-pizza menu items if you don’t fancy a pizza, like a salad or a Melanzane Parmigiana. There is always a GF chocolate brownie as a dessert option.
Pizza Express are also catering for Coeliacs in the seasonal specials. For example, one winter there was a crumble dessert (but contains oats). In Australia we are advised not to eat oats and I’ve decided to continue that in the UK (even though here uncontaminated oats are deemed gluten free), so I passed, but my husband took one for the team so I could take a picture of it 🙂
In 2016 the long awaited gluten free version of the famous dough balls was introduced – highly recommend them! Sorry for blurry text, but you can see what they look like which is the main thing!
For more London dining and gluten free travel options, please check the following links:
- London restaurant reviews
- Visiting the UK
- 100% gluten free London
- Chain restaurants offering gluten free options
- Paris gluten free
- Melbourne Australia 100% gluten free
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