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Pizza Hut & Dominos Gluten Free Bases

I feel like 2012 has been all about the pizza!

Firstly, way back in January, we discovered Dominos did gluten free bases in Australia and New Zealand – but not here in the UK or the US.

Then in May Dominos US announced they were doing gluten free bases in the US – but it wasn’t suitable for those with coeliac disease or those with gluten/wheat intolerances [that still baffles me!]

Then, we discovered Dominos UK announced they were also going to do gluten free bases and my friend David Johnstone [DavidJ_GF] was kind enough to blog about his experience trying them for the first time at the Coeliac UK AGM Food Fair in July.

But with all this talk about Dominos, we kind of neglected to think about the other huge pizza chain; Pizza Hut and Coeliac UK has announced that from Monday the 8th October we can now order gluten free bases from Pizza Hut!

Although many of us began to wonder what Pizza Hut would do regarding cross contamination but according to the Coeliac UK article:

 “Pizza Hut keep all their dough separated throughout the entire product journey to ensure that it doesn’t come into contact with floured dough bases and they’ve made all their toppings gluten-free throughout their restaurants. They also use separate sauces for their gluten-free pizza bases, which are also stored separately, and separate utensils are used for making each product”

All their team members are receiving in depth training so they rigorously clean all the food preparation areas, and they have a thorough hand cleaning process before they make any gluten-free pizzas

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!

Dominos UK gluten free bases will become available from NOVEMBER 5TH! And both Dominos and Pizza Hut pizza bases won’t incur any additional charges!

Dominos Pizza UK May Be Going Gluten Free!

Way back in January [gosh has it been that long?] we all discovered that Dominos Pizza made gluten free bases in Australia and New Zealand. The UK coeliacs, and the US coeliacs  felt a little upset that we weren’t able to enjoy the delights of Dominos Pizza like our Aussie and Kiwi friends over seas!

We started pestering, tweeting and retweeting  Dominos UK, begging them to start offering gluten free bases in the UK! So to show we cared so much we signed a petition to show them how much we missed it, plus Martin Saunders offered to assist them in finding a  suitable supplier – but it was no easy task! But, we have to give it to Dominos UK, they were trying their hardest and really wanted to do this.

Then in May we discovered that Dominos Pizza were launching gluten free bases in the US which came with a huge, bad ass disclaimer – their gluten free bases weren’t suitable for coeliacs or those with gluten sensitivities….

 [I’ve explained it more in this post]

Many of us wondered whether this would happen in the UK, that we’d finally get our gluten free bases but wouldn’t be able to eat it! But…Dominos UK surprised us.

David Johnstone [DavidJ_GF] attended the Coeliac UK AGM Food Fair where Dominos UK had a selection of their new gluten free pizzas which unlike the Dominos US – ARE SUITABLE for people with coeliac disease! Why? Because Dominos US uses a wheat/corn flour mix to ‘pound’ and ‘knead’ their dough whereas Dominos UK uses corn flour! So if you’re wanting to know what went down, what they tasted like, David was kind enough to write me a guest blog post!

David’s Guest Blog Post

 

“I noticed that Dominos was attending the Coeliac UK AGM Food Fair a month or so ago when reading through the exhibitor list. Intrigued me instantly, especially after all the recent fuss from the USA… Dominos none Coeliac safe Gluten Free Pizzas! 

I’m massively intrigued as to what you guys are doing here today?” I said. Also noticing a big sign on the desk… Saying that the next batch of Pizzas was due to arrive in 30mins.

 The Dominos lady explained how that it was all about a taste test and fact-finding mission on their behalf. Today they were trailing a New Gluten Free Pizza base and wanted to gauge Coeliacs reaction to it, get feedback forms completed from everyone who tastes tests it and to get registered interest / location of all the people interested. So if today was positive and a success, Dominos could then decide if and where to demo run the range in selected stores!

I couldn’t wait to try then! All the usual questions a Coeliac should ask just slipped my mind as I was slightly over excited by this point. But to contradict myself, I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the experience. I’ve had decent gluten free pizza bases that I’ve used and topped myself before. As nice as it was, they never really compared to having a [and I use the words loosely] professional made pizza from any chain. I’ve also been lucky enough to get Gluten Free McDonalds while travelling in Spain and Sweden. But again,  as fantastic it was to have the naughty Maccy D’s taste, it just wasn’t quite there, the bun couldn’t match it! 

So I went away and came back to the stand later, just as teams of delivery staff was running though  with the familiar Dominos bags. Boxes piled up and flung open. People crammed around the table excitably, like a scene from a New York Toys R Us at Christmas when the new Buzz Lightyear is delivered.

What They Tasted Like! 

 

The Gluten Free Pizzas on offer then were: Original Cheese and Tomato, Texas BBQ, Vegetarian Supreme and Pepperoni Passion! 

I graded a slice of the Veggie Supreme, stood back from the crowd and took a bite – WOW – it was everything that a Dominos Pizza should be!

The base was light and crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, not too think and not too deep! Great crust, everything that I remembered, just perfect! I’ve eaten a lot of Dominos over the years while having to work late in my old career; this was absolutely as it was pre Coeliac days! OMG WOW!

I managed to salvage another slice as the first wave of Coeliacs attacks died down. This time I tasted the Pepperoni Passion and once again it was everything that it should be! Stunned, I went away and completed the feedback form. 10/10 – everything EXCELLENT!

How They Are Prepared! 

 

At a quite point I returned to the Dominos stand to ask more questions about UK manufacturing risks and the issues surrounding Dominos gluten free pizzas in the USA. The Dominos ladies were fully clued up on the situation. They explained the main problem in the US stores was that they used a Wheat/Corn base flour mix when dusting or “pounding” the dough. Where as in UK, Dominos use only Corn Flour, so this dramatically reduces the Cross Contamination risk to begin with.

Secondly, if this project was to go ahead, the staff would be given specific education and training regarding Gluten Free food preparation and manufacture! I was thoroughly reassured by them that this would not be sold with a waiver and would be a safe product for Coeliacs to eat.

As the day went on the Pizzas came in thick and fast. Stock was piling high and people were either full or had gone home. The Dominos staff handing out boxes to all the other stand owners. In fact I ended up eating 10 slices in total and the lovely ladies were trying to give me more to take home. Amazing!

Everyone I spoke to was over the moon by it. Filling out as many feedback forms as they could to guarantee this comes to trial. Every slice, every flavour and every batch was brilliant and completely consistent. If there is a Gluten Free God out there, please let him shine down on this and bless it with all his love. I’m so very thankful and humble I got to enjoy this, hope you all can soon!

 

 

Zizzi Gluten Free Pizza Review [Guest Blog Post]

A couple of weeks ago, twitter was a buzz with excited peeps retweeting a tweet from Zizzi regarding their gluten free pizza! Now I must admit I was soon a little hesitent since it was only days after the whole Dominos Pizza fiasco, where Dominos had brought out a gluten free base in the USA… but, it wasn’t suitable for coeliacs nor those with gluten sensitivities [I know, I know, what’s the point!].

So considering Zizzi was trailing out their new gluten free pizza in only a few selected restaurants: Bluewater, Newcastle, Earls Court, Notting Hill and Farnham, I asked the lovely Laura Newman [Little Missed Gluten] to be my spy and ask if she’d be kind enough to write me a review of their pizza – which I may add was a glowing review and I’m not surprised. Zizzis already offers a gluten free menu for their free from fans. We already have the choice of pasta dishes and what’s more, they totally understand the issues surrounding cross contamination and bake every fresh gluten free pizza in it’s own tray!

 

Lauras Guest Blog Post

 

“Since officially becoming a diagnosed coeliac in January 2012 it’s been difficult adjusting to a new diet, to reading the labels on absolutely everything and having to say no to foods I used to love. Another thing that’s been tricky is finding good restaurants which offer a selection of gluten free meals.  One restaurant chain which seems to be far more coeliac friendly than others is Zizzi Ristorante, who already supply an allergen menu on request and offer all of their pasta dishes with Dove’s Farm organic gluten free pasta (having already tried this with their carbonara all I can say is yummy!).

When I heard through the social media grapevine that Zizzi were trialling a gluten free pizza I was beyond thrilled!  And then I heard it was only going to be in 4 of their restaurants.  Damn!  I’d already consigned myself to the fact that because I live out in the sticks there was no way any of the branches near me would be participating but low and behold, Farnham (about 10 miles from where I live) was one of the chosen!  What followed was massive joy, a little dance around the house, and within five minutes I’d already called my two besties to have dinner with me.

Fast-forward to a few days later and we were sat at a quaint little corner table at Farnham Zizzi being served by a lovely waitress (who definitely knew her gluten free stuff) and my pizza was ordered (I couldn’t decide on a topping so went for Quattro Stagioni which is basically a little bit of everything).  I was told on arrival that the gluten free pizzas take longer to cook than the regular ones, about 20-30 minutes, so I ordered my food slightly earlier than my friends to accommodate this.  I was also told that they are smaller than the regular pizzas, and so to check how much smaller my friend ordered the normal Quattro Stagioni so we could compare.

['normal' pizza at the back & gluten free pizza at the front]

20-30 minutes later, pizza time! I would say overall it was about an inch or so smaller in diameter than the regular pizza and a bit thinner but the quantity of toppings was the same so it wasn’t really a big deal. First cut, and the pizza crackled at the edge… it was crispy!  I was immensely relieved as a little part of me was expecting a soggy, doughy base, but this was the total opposite.  Inside the edge, the pizza base was softer, and the taste reminded me of rice noodles.

Overall the flavour was really good, and the base had the lovely, slightly stretchy consistency of a pizza, it didn’t just crumble and fall apart, phew!  Even though the pizza was smaller, it was definitely enough for a meal, very tasty and very filling.  Zizzi are very generous with their toppings, which went right to the edge of the base, and they didn’t slide off when you cut through it, which is always a good sign! I think the only thing I would recommend to improve the pizza is to maybe try and make the base slightly thicker, at least around the edges, but maybe that’s just a personal preference because I love pizza crusts!

Overall I would definitely recommend Zizzi gluten free pizza to fellow Coeliac’s, and I really hope they find this trial a success and roll it out across all of their restaurants soon, as I already want to go back for more! Well done Zizzi, I salute you and your gluten free pizza goodness”

Laura Newman (May 2012)