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May 12, 2010 05:39 PM

Gluten free pizza in Boston - anything actually worth it

We will be visiting Boston in June and excited to try some cuisine. My son and I have Celiac disease and he loves to be able to order pizza. But all the pizza places around here that have gluten free pizza are - meh. Certainly not worth the surcharge, and I can usually make a better pie at home. But pizza i hear is serious business in New England and New York, so maybe people wouldn't settle for gluten-free mediocrity. Anyone tried any GF pizzas that have great texture (chew and crisp) and flavor (well-developed dough)? Stone Hearth and Zing i know offer it. Not interested in folks stocking Kinnikinnick, Still Riding or any of those doughs.

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  1. try NEBO in the North End...although I am not gluten intolerant, my sister is, and she enjoed the pizza there

    1. My sister likes the pizza from Stone Hearth a lot, I haven't tried it. I have tried the GF pizza at Uno's and can tell you to STAY AWAY from it, it's terrible.

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      1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

        The GF pizza at Stone Hearth actually uses dough made by the Better Bread Company frim Portland, ME. Their dough is made from rice flour and tapioca starch, for crispiness, and it really is crispy; you wouldn't guess. They've also started selling their frozen pizzas at some of the Boston-area Whole Foods; they're really good!

        1. re: galleygirl

          I had a sample of that at Whole Foods and it was decent, which considering the circumstances rates highly.

        2. Also avoid the GF pizza at Flatbread Pizza Company. Ick.

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          1. re: Eatin in Woostah

            Flatbread PIzza Company makes a very good gluten free pizza. I would have eaten their GF pizza even if I didn't have to. Just make sure to remind them to put cheese and sauce on it, and if you have a big appetite, order two, as they only sell them in the small size (12" diameter).

            1. re: nosretep

              Oh wow, I really disagree. The crust I had was crumbly and sort of hard. Maybe it was an off day. I never ordered it again.

              1. re: nosretep

                I bet it's the same dough they use at Pizzapalooza. It's boxed in the freezer, they just take out the one size and put on the toppings. I found it to be perfectly acceptable, although I prefer a larger pie for leftovers.

                244 Needham St Ste 3, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

            2. Flatbread Company in Burlington has GF pizza but I haven't tried it so I don't know how good it is. The plus is that they take a fair bit of care with their ingredients and taste of their food so it might work.

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              1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                No, it's awful. I really like FBPC regular pizza, but when I was on a special diet a few months ago that required me to go Gluten Free, I tried their GF pizza. It was very disappointing. Flavor was OK, but texture was not enjoyable.

                1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                  Sorry to disagree, but I find Flatbread's GF pizza to be delicious. My girlfriend is gluten intolerent and therefore I often end up eatin GF as well. She and I love their pizza. Despite it's obvious differences I consider the GF crust to be just as good (if not better) than the regular crust. It tastes more buttery and the texture was as good as you'll find for gluten free. Unfortunately, due to the lack of wheat flour almost everything gluten free has a texture that takes getting used to. I'm pretty sure the crust comes from Mommy's Muffins in New Hampshire.

                  1. re: rrocket18

                    Interesting - I wonder if my serioius craving for real pizza when I was on the GF diet, and the resulting major disappointment with how different the crust was, colored my perception. I really feel for those who have celiac disease and have no choice but to go GF.

                    1. re: rrocket18

                      Yes, it's a whole different scale of taste for GF pizza. We tolerate a lot more, because there are so few options.

                2. Zings in Porter Square has gluten free pizza. I haven't tried it, but they seem to source some unusual ingredients. Might be worth a try if you are on the red line.

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                  1. re: smtucker

                    I am not gluten intolerant either, but both my sister and girlfriend are so I've got a bit of experience on the subject here. Best GF pizza we've found in Boston is @ NEBO. Best overall we've had though was from The Boynton in Worcester - good enough to even please the non celiacs. Definitely get to Nebo though if Boston is your destination.

                    Nebo Restaurant and Bar
                    90 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114

                    1. re: smtucker

                      Had Zing pizza with my non-gluten free friends and at first, they were all skeptical. But after trying it, they couldn't tell the difference. The toppings were amazing (we had the pizza with beets on top!). I would definately recommend this place.

                      1. re: fabtougas

                        I definitely cannot tell the difference with the Zing pizza. I have other issues with the place, but the GF pizza is -- so far -- tops in my book.