Pizza time! There is no doubt that for many of us, pizza is an ultimate comfort food. From baking homemade pizzas in the oven – and the tantalizing scent that comes with it – to a fantastic delivery pizza, pizza is still one of the most popular takeout foods. There is just something so incredible about the perfect crust, sauce, and cheese combo – with your favourite toppings to round it out.
But, of course finding gluten free pizza used to be very difficult. Thankfully, more and more pizza restaurants are making gluten free pizzas – and ones that taste every good as their gluten-containing counterparts. Here, then are three of the best pizza joints in Calgary that are serving up gluten free slices!
This is one of my favourite places to order a delivery or takeout gluten free pizza. Papa John’s gluten free crust is really extraordinary – it is thin, and has a delicious nutty flavour. Unlike many gluten free pizza crusts, the ingredients in Papa John’s Gluten Free Ancient Grains crust are pretty healthy: sorghum flour, teff flour, amaranth and quinoa. Their crusts are also never frozen. The combination of a chewy crust, with a crispy exterior and the delicious taste make this a pizza worth trying. (Please note: Papa John’s says that because of the way the pizzas are prepared in the same kitchen with gluten-containing ingredients, that they cannot guarantee that their pizzas are safe for customers with Celiac disease.)
2. Una Pizza & Wine
This ever popular downtown pizza restaurant (616 17th Avenue SW) has a gourmet selection of pizzas that will delight any palate. Just listen to some of these mouthwatering options:
- Beltline Pizza: Double smoked bacon, fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella, drizzle of maple syrup (Interesting to add that touch of sweet with the maple syrup!)
- Mushroom Pizza: Roasted cremini mushrooms, smoked mozzarella cheese, grana padano cheese, and a drizzle of truffle oil
- Prosciutto Pizza: San Marzano tomato sauce, crisp prosciutto, provolone piccante, grana padano cheese, and fresh arugula.
Plus, they list a Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Budino (rich, creamy custard) for dessert! Topped with mascarpone whipped cream no less. Sigh. And, whether you order a pizza for delivery or to dine in, Una’s takes preparing their gluten free dishes very seriously, and works hard to prevent any possible cross contamination. The pizzas are baked on locally made Care Bakery pizza crusts, a wonderful thin and crisp gluten free option that even gluten eaters can appreciate!
Another gourmet option for gluten free pizza is Village Flatbread located at 2511 17th Avenue SW. This is a place that those of us with serious gluten allergies can really feel comfortable dining in. Why? They are 100% gluten free!! So, you can come and dine on some amazing flatbread pizza without worrying.
Village Flatbread also have a wide range of delicious, healthy starters and salads. But, fear not! Their pizzas also sound insanely good. And, dairy free cheese (cheeze) is available at no extra cost. Here are a few of their pizza offerings:
- Hillhurst Pizza – Tomato sauce, ham, mozzarella, pineapple bacon
- Aspen pizza – Chimichurri, roast beef, mozzarella, mushroom, red onion, rosemary
- Redstone Pizza – Tomato sauce, mozzarella, tomatoes, balsamic glaze, basil
- Inglewood Pizza – Tomato sauce, goat feta cheese, tomatoes, cilantro
Finding gluten free pizza options in Calgary is thankfully getting easier all the time! There are many delicious choices, so that you can satisfy that pizza craving safely. If you’ve eaten any of the pizzas we’ve mentioned above OR you have a gluten free pizza that you love in Calgary, please leave a comment below!