In my opinion, Norcross attracts too many chain pizza places. We have: California Pizza Kitchen, Cici's Pizza, Domino's, Johnny's NY Style Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, Marco's, Papa John's, and Pizza Hut, so the last thing we need is another pizza place, right? Well, that would be correct, unless you are talking about Riverside Pizza because they are providing an affordable and tasty way to enjoy it, which also applies to its gluten-free pizza.
Pizza is one of the top missed comfort foods for those who follow a gluten-free diet. Thankfully, Riverside Pizza makes their gluten-free pizza with taste, safety, and cost forefront. The owner, Al Thompson, took great care when auditioning a gluten-free crusts until he finally settled on one made by Senza Glutein. They serve up their 10' gluten-free pizzas starting at $6.99. Yes, I said $6.99, which is cheaper than what one sells for frozen.
This vegan gluten-free crust is one of the most flavorful I have had and it is presented with thick, bubbly layers of provolone and mozzarella cheese. The pizza cooks evenly, so the crust isn't overly crunchy, it isn't doughy in the center, and it is completely foldable without losing its toppings. The pizza isn't over-sauced and the toppings aren't applied sparingly.
I am a fan of this pizza because they grate their cheese daily and they use two layers of cheese. They also use Stanislaus pizza sauce, which is tangy and flavorful without being unnecessarily sweet. The pizza is affordable, starting at $6.99 for a one-topping pizza and up to $9.99 for a three-topping pizza. Their gluten-free toppings include: cheese, ham, bacon, green pepper, mushroom, tomato, black olives, green olives, jalapeño, banana pepper rings, and pineapple.
The crust is GMO Project Verified, and it is certified gluten free by the Celiac Sprue Association and the NSF. The crust contains: water, rice flour, modified rice starch, potato starch, olive oil, evaporated cane sugar, tapioca flour, yeast, salt, xanthan gum, calcium sulfate, Italian seasonings (oregano, thyme, sage, marjoram, basil, rosemary), and garlic powder.
When preparing a gluten-free pizza they take the following steps to prevent cross contact:
- Change their gloves and shake off their aprons
- Use a separate container of sauce and ladle
- Use a separate screen when baking the pizza
- Use dedicated utensils, such as the paddle to remove it from the conveyor oven, pizza cutter, and a ring they use around each pizza to keep the toppings in place
- Don't touch the ingredients with their gloved hands
There are a number of locations for Riverside Pizza and we are lucky enough to have one very close to the house. My favorite pizza to order is topped with onions and bacon, while Jojo likes pepperoni. We order from them once a week, at least. It is best to call in advance to order a gluten-free pizza because they take longer to prepare.
Riverside does make its wheat-based dough daily, but they have a lidded container for the gluten-free utensils, they close the lid on the toppings station, and the dough is made at the very back of the kitchen to keep cross contamination minimal.
Have you tried a gluten-free pizza from Riverside Pizza? What did you think?