As one would expect from its name, Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria serves pizza, but it’s the unexpected offerings that makes it really special. The restaurant serves a completely gluten free/nut free menu which includes not only its signature dish, but delightfully, unconventional items such as Hungarian goulash, pumpkin rolls and, a large selection of Mighty Leaf tea. Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria also provides something that is even rarer for families with members who have dietary restrictions: the opportunity to go out to eat together.
“That’s the reason we did this”, says Wendy Lauzano-Hertz, whose husband, Gabe Hertz is the owner/manager of Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria. “We found we just couldn’t go out to dinner as a family any longer.”
Hertz’s daughter Renee has Celiac Disease and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Hertz explained that even though there are restaurants that offer gluten free dishes, there is still the fear of gluten cross-contamination which can limit dining options.
Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria has been all about family for the Hertzes. Everyone takes a role at the restaurant and that includes son Donovan, who delivers carry-out, and Renee, who is part-time hostess.
Family is exactly what brought Princess Galloway, of Auburn Hills, in to visit this week on her lunch hour. Galloway, who works in Troy, was thinking about her mother when she stopped in. “My mother suffers from nut allergies. I wanted to see if this was someplace I could take her.”
Asked what she liked about the restaurant, Galloway says, “The homemade touches were the best; the pumpkin roll and the Hungarian goulash. That was unexpected.”
The restaurant opened February 15th and Hertz says the feedback from customers has been very positive. “They’re just happy to go out to dinner as a family.”
Allergies or not, everyone will find something to satisfy them at Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria. Whether it’s a slice of pizza, a Greek salad, one of the freshly baked desserts or tea – they’re available every day of the week at this delightful restaurant.
Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria is located at 1937 W. Maple in Troy. Hours are Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday – Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery. For more information, call 248-280-7800 or visit their website at Renee's Gourmet Pizzeria.