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Pie Five Pizza has been on a tear...opening new locations at a fast clip all over the country. In fact, this "fast casual" concept now has about 300 locations across 20 states...and is expanding into at least 4 other states.
This is a big deal because now they have not one, but two, choices for gluten free pizza crust! So perhaps you'll want to see if there's a location near where you live...or where you might be traveling. Their "original" gluten free crust, launched years ago, is particularly unique. First, it's homemade, which you don't find at many places. Secondly, it's made from ancient grains, so it has a nutritionally superior profile versus most gluten free pizza crusts. Pie Five combines teff, amaranth, and sorghum flours which deliver vitamins, minerals, fiber, and great taste! And finally, Pie Five's pizzas are ready in just five minutes (thus the name "Pie Five"...).
Quality has always been a huge focus with Pie Five. They use homemade, all natural, preservative-free tomato sauce, sausage without antibiotics or hormones, and other high-quality toppings, almost all of which are gluten free.
Back in April, after introducing a "limited time" pizza crust made from a blend of cauliflower and other ingredients, Pie Five had such a great response that they decided to keep this second gluten free crust option permanently on their menu at all their locations. Not only have customers loved the taste and texture, but they're thrilled that it has half the carbs and sodium of traditional pizza crusts. Plus, cauliflower is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. It even helps with digestion and detoxification. Not bad benefits from eating a pizza!
And should you be concerned about cross contamination at Pie Five restaurants, you'll be pleased to hear that -- while their restaurants are not 100% gluten free -- they DO take many admirable precautions to keep their gluten free and Celiac diners safe. Their gluten free crusts are kept sealed, away from other products...employees wash their hands and put on new gloves before preparing a GF pie....preparation of the pizza is done on a sanitized pizza screen...and clean utensils are used for spreading sauce. You can read all the step-by-step details of the full process, including what is done when the pizza comes out of the oven, on the Pie Five page on our website.
If you've tried either of Pie Five's gluten free crusts -- the ancient grain-based or cauliflower-based -- let us know what you think. You can leave a comment below...or better yet, submit a quick review to our website so people can read your review when they do a geographic search looking for places for a good gluten free meal in their area!