Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, Part 2: Pizza

gflogo1 Going gluten free in Fort Wayne, Part 2: PizzaThis is the second in a series of posts about eating gluten-free in Fort Wayne! For my first post about sandwiches, click here.

Pizza

If you’re like me, you seriously craved pizza when you stopped eating gluten. I seriously had to walk out of Pizza Hut a few times because it smelled so good, I was afraid I’d lose my willpower and break my intestines. Luckily, some pizza parlors popped up in the last few years to satisfy my need for cheese-and-tomato-sauce covered crust.

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Though pricey, this independent pizza shop boasts my favorite gluten-free pizza in town. Located on the north side, 800 Degrees has a wood-fired oven, and serves up many varieties of 10″ pizzas, from a delicious, classic margherita-style to fancy pizzas involving spinach and feta. My favorite is with pepperoni (they shred a spicy pepperoni on top) and black olives. The gluten free crust is crispy, and almost indistinguishable from a beglutened thin-crust. Expect to pay no less than $13 for a 10″ pie, though, and it just goes up from there.

B. Antonio’s

This local chain serves inexpensive, classic pizzas with super-fresh ingredients. With two locations on the north side, it’s a commute for those living or visiting central or south. A friend of mine worked there, and just hours after he tweeted they introduced a gluten-free pizza, I was there! Like 800 Degrees, the pie is 10″, which is perfect for one hungry diner, or two snackers. It is cheaper, however, usually by three or four dollars. The crust has upon occasion been somewhat soggy, as gluten-free bread products tend to be, so make sure to indicate you’d like the order to be on the crispier side of baked.

Red Angel

I just tried their pizza for the first time a few weeks ago! With two locations; one in Fort Wayne, and the other in Paulding, OH, this small chain seems to be trying their hardest to be the gluten-free stop. It’s biggest selling point for me was that it also has a gluten-free beer on the menu, thereby reuniting a duo that I sorely missed: pizza and beer. Granted, the beer they offer is Red Bridge, an Anheuser-Busch product which is so-so at best. But the pizza definitely made it taste better. While the price was mid-line and the ingredients were good, but not special, they offer flavor combinations that are fun and interesting. I had the Red Angel special, hold the ham and onions.

Next week, stay tuned to learn about where to find gluten free pasta! Fort Wayne visitors or residents: Have you found other gluten-free pizzas? How was it? Let us know in the comments, below.

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Andy Welfle is a nonprofit geek, a pencil blogger, and freelance writer living and working in Fort Wayne. He loves urban bicycling, the nonprofit arts and culture community, and his cranky cat named Sachen, which is the German word for "things".

6 Responses to “Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, Part 2: Pizza”

    Alison
    June 2nd, 2011
    Although I haven't tried it, Biaggis also serves gluten free pizza.
    Alison
    June 2nd, 2011
    Oh, and although the gluten free pizza around town is pretty good, ALL (with the exception of Biaggis) of these pizza places are on the north side of town and don\'t deliver past a certain region (except with Waiter on the Way, which is extra costly), which is a disappointment for those of us who live on the south end of town.
    Rachael
    June 4th, 2011
    A word of caution as a very sensitive Celiac with many pre-GF years of experience working in the pizza business: flour can stay airborn for 24 hours. I tried a GF pizza from one of these places once and became sick, in spite of all their best intentions. To the best of my knowledge, none of these places maintain a list of toppings confirmed to be GF either. They supply a GF crust. So please be careful out there and use your best judgement! I miss GF pizza nights at The Roasted Bean.... :(
    gluten free pies
    June 29th, 2011
    Nice website! Greetings from Glory Foods.
    Ed
    January 6th, 2012
    Thanks for your gluten write ups on Fort Wayne, I do appreciate it very much as I am a new celiac.
      Kristen
      Kristen
      January 7th, 2012
      You are welcome! Please give us a call at 1-800-767-7752 if we can ever assist you in any other way!

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