It never occurred to me the frequency that I’d be able to indulge in pizza since going gluten-free 5 years ago. First off, the gluten-free landscape was quite different just 5 years ago, yes there was Risotteria and a small assortment of frozen pizzas at crunchy health food stores, but there was nothing even close to the variety that we have available to us now and not even just pizza, but things like bread, cookies and specialty items too. Pizza has always been near and dear to my heart, since I’m a native New Yorker. I’ve had some amazing pizza in my day, from greasy slices at the corner dive in the Bronx back in the 80’s and 90’s to what could be the best pizza out there – Lombardi’s. And while nothing can ever replace the greasy slice or the greatness of Lombardi’s, pizza has become something that you can find in gluten-free form at a multitude of restaurants, both mainstream (Uno Chicago Grill) and mom-and-pop shops.
I randomly stumbled upon a local pizza chain in Connecticut, Planet Pizza, that serves up a decent gluten-free option. It’s not life changing, or really even worth going out of your way for, but it’s good, and it’s convenient (for me). Planet Pizza is the type of pizza joint that exists in every town, their main business is pizza, but you can also find calzones, wings, and an assortment of other morsels that will keep you up until 3 AM with heartburn.
Their gluten-free pizza is on a very thin crust, but it still has a little give to it when you pick up a slice. The overall flavor of the crust was good - a little chewy, and slightly sweet. The only thing I was disappointed with was the amount of sauce (I like a saucy pizza) and the quality of the cheese, which I felt could have been a little better. Other than that, this is the kind of pizza you grab to have with some beer while watching the game, or in my case, Project Runway. There are a few Planet Pizza locations in CT and one in White Plains. Definitely good to keep on your radar if you’re on a road trip!