It’s a testament to the tremendous growth in Celiac Disease awareness that in one of the area’s best college towns – Newark, Delaware – I’m able to walk along Main Street and choose from three gluten-free pizza options. That’s a decision that I never thought I’d be able to make. Since the three chains behind those pies have outposts throughout the greater Philadelphia area, I decided to conduct a taste test to see which one came out on top. Although a fourth chain, Nino’s, doesn’t have a location on Main Street, I included them in this extremely difficult challenge since they have locations nearby. One word of caution if you try to replicate this test on your own: Don’t eat them all on the same day.
|Gluten-free pizza from Seasons Pizza|
What impressed me most with this pie was that it tasted like a traditional pizza, with the same type of cheese and sauce. The crust was on the thin side but it held together like wheat-flour dough. My non-gluten-free friend thought it tasted better than conventional frozen pizza – similar to a thin-crust style – and commented that it was one of the better gluten-free foods he’s tried.
The only downside with Seasons is you can’t customize your gluten-free pizza – just one size and one style, with tomato sauce and cheese.
|Peace A Pizza's gluten-free |
bacon cheeseburger pizza
Another non-gluten-free friend told me it was the best pizza she had in a long time, gluten free or otherwise. The thin, pliable crust made this pizza even better.
The odd thing about Peace A Pizza is that they don’t have any information about the gluten-free pizza on its website, but walk inside and you can’t miss the signs. I found the staff in Newark to be friendly and knowledgeable (they used a separate pizza shovel for the gluten-free pie).
Don’t feel obligated to eat the entire pie in one sitting. Peace A Pizza’s gluten-free pizza tastes great right out of the fridge the next day.
|Grotto Pizza's boardwalk-style pizza, gluten free|
While I wouldn’t make a pilgrimage to try this pizza, It’s a solid option if you’re traveling in Delaware since you’re bound to be near one.
|A gluten-free pizza from Nino's Pizza|
The gluten-free pizza was relatively small and only comes in one size ($9.99 including toppings). I found it to be average but I liked the idea of having a choice of toppings and the convenience of delivery. My mother thought it tasted similar to a frozen pizza.
1. Peace a Pizza – Best taste, size, and customizable
2. Seasons – Great taste; can’t customize toppings
3. Nino’s – Average taste; can customize toppings
4. Grotto – Good taste; small, can’t customize toppings.
Despite having the most expensive gluten-free pizza, Peace A Pizza won out on taste for me. But I’m spoiled with all of these options close by. You won’t go wrong even if only one of these four shops is an option.