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Pizza Express – gluten free pizza in the UK

By on October 18, 2019 in UK Restaurant Reviews with 3 Comments

Pizza is usually a gluten filled food that coeliacs miss out on – but not so at Pizza Express. where you can have pizza, pasta, risotto, their famous dough balls as well as dessert!

 Coeliac UK are doing wonderful work with some of the large chains, training them in all matters gluten free.

Pizza Express - announcing Gluten Free!

Pizza Express – announcing Gluten Free!

How they do gluten free safely

You may wonder how safe it is to eat in a gluten filled pizza restaurant?   Staff are trained in cross contamination, and they 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.  They used to have a page on their website about how they achieved Coeliac UK accreditation, however sadly that has now disappeared.

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’.

Dough Balls

I absolutely love the dough balls and highly recommend starting with these!

gluten free dough balls


There is much more than pizza on the menu, but I always have pizza! Some visual examples of the gluten free pizzas on offer are here:



There are several dessert options and sometimes there are 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 🙂

Pizza Express dessert_opt Pizza Express apple crumble2_opt


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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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  1. gill albiston says:

    Just been to PZ and watched the server place a normal small pizza on the top black pizza board, cut it and then slide it onto the plate for serving, leaving the dirty contaminated board on the top of the pile. I told the manager about what I had just seen and he had no interest at all even when I advised him it had Coeliac Disease. he said they use the boards in the middle of on their pile so this is not a issue……, he then took the menu and could not get us out the branch fast enough. I have eaten here for years and am so dissappointed and have pass this inforation over to the head office to try and prevent someone from getting ill due to this contamination issue.

  2. Daniah Hafez says:

    I recently visited a pizza express and had such a bad reaction! I was extremely excited at their new gluten free menu and clearly extremely disappointed although companies are offering gluten free I don’t think the extremes of cross contamination are taught or fully understood. I have severe reactions and genuinely starting to give up on eating outside of the house! Sorry just wanted to share.

    • The Coeliac Plate says:

      Hi Daniah
      What a shame – Pizza Express are accredited with Coeliac UK so they should all be trained in cross contamination procedures. I would suggest you contact Coeliac UK to let them know which store you had difficulty with.

      Have you seen the 100% gluten free page (under Reviews & Travel menu) which might help you find safe places to eat?

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