I miss pizza. I really miss pizza.
But there are some things about the pizza I used to have pre-celiac days that I don’t miss.
The grease. The calories. The feeling like crap afterwards.
Well…we are entering what I hope is a new dawn in the pizza age.
Pizza that is actually…dare I say…healthy.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to try out Naked Pizza in Princeton, NJ (they have other locations as well).
They tout all-natural ingredients and offer a gluten-free option as well.
(Ironic that they have a store called Cox next to Naked Pizza. I know…real mature Gluten Dude.)
Anyway, I ordered the gluten-free pizza with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. No cheese.
The general manager knew about my blog, so while the pizza was cooking, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the kitchen.
I will say this. They take their gluten-free VERY seriously.
Whoever is making the pizza must put on a special apron that is only used for gluten-free pizzas.
They have to wash their hands thoroughly before preparation.
And they need to put on disposable gloves.
This is very, very cool.
Now…it’s not a huge kitchen so I can’t say there is no airborne flour. But they did tell me that they are moving toward using a corn-flour for ALL of their pizzas, which would be so awesome for us celiacs.
All of the toppings for the gluten-free pizzas are on the opposite side of the station for normal pizzas. They use separate utensils and the prep dish is never put down during preparation.
They really seem to do all they can to avoid cross-contamination.
Are you listening Domino’s??
At the end of the day, of course, it’s all about taste.
How was it?
But not awesome like “this is disgustingly delicious…where’s the nearest bathroom?”
You have to have a different mindset. If you are used to the greasy slices of pizza that you grew up on, you’ll be in for a bit of a shock.
I had a handful of slices last night (and two cold slices for breakfast this morning) and I never got that full, uncomfortable feeling.
And frankly, this is the way it should be. Who wants to feel like crap after eating?
So to you Naked Pizza, I say thank you and a job well-done.
You might not win everyone over with your “healthy pizza” but you’ve made this one celiac quite happy for one meal at least.