Every once in a while we all crave something, well, deliciously bad for you. Pizza…isn’t exactly healthy, even though your daughter keeps telling you it’s one of the basic food groups. Untrue! Hey, she also had a crush on the Cookie Monster so she’s not the most reliable source. But admittedly, it’s America’s favorite default dinner. What to do if you can’t eat the primary component, the crust? For families with allergy prone kids, a trip to the local pizza parlor can be stressful, but nowadays gluten-free pizzas are increasingly popular (and tasty!) Gone are the days when gluten-free meant: tastes-of-leather-and-cardboard. Wheat or no wheat, where are the best places to get your pie on so everyone at the table leaves satisfied and happy? Fret not, here’s your in-depth list of the best slices around sure to please the whole family.
This casual spot in Oakland is well-liked for their organic olive oil infused crust with a crispy gluten-free option, but let’s face it, the $2 pints of beer don’t hurt a bit for moms and dads. If you’re tired of the usual pepperoni toppings, can you say: Veggie Pesto Pizza?
3905 Piedmont Avenue
Amici’s East Coast Pizza
With their slogan, “Enjoy a Taste of New York Right Here in California” this place will give you the skinny on thin-crust pizza for a family night out full of the gooey goodness. Started by two East Coast transplants, they work with a traditional, Italian brick oven firing up both wheat and gluten-free pizzas. It’s a joyful reminder of why man chars over open fire in the first place.
Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area, check out their website for details.
This is a low-key, smaller spot nestled into the Sunset District, and they offer up one of the best gluten-free pizzas around. There’s a solid lineup of classic toppings, the friendly owners provide prompt courteous service, and there’s a great – slightly quieter – atmosphere for a family to actually hold a conversation sans din. It’s a winning formula.
1712 Taraval Street
San Francisco, Ca
Goat Hill Pizza
Your gluten-free pizza here is served up piping hot at this bona fide neighborhood gathering spot (Potrero Hill’s oldest restaurant!) with a weekly “All You Can Eat Pizza & Salad Night” special for kids ages 2 – 12, plus some foggy evenings you can discover groovy live jazz to enjoy here as you munch.
300 Connecticut Street
San Francisco, Ca
Plentiful locations without that “chain restaurant” feel, this joint offers up delicious gluten-free pizza with ample yummy toppings. Their weekly “Family Night Special” includes a big screen movie so this all-around entertaining dinner is one any parent can get behind.
Insider Tip: If your family has other food sensitivities they offer a dairy-free cheese option, too.
822 Irving Street – San Francisco, Ca
3318 Fillmore Street – San Francisco, Ca
4042 24th Street – San Francisco, Ca
511 Hayes Street – San Francisco, Ca
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
A North Beach tradition, showman Tony Gemignani hand tosses rustic wheat dough but he also offers a delicious gluten-free crust with crazy-fresh toppings. The pies here are incredibly tasty and worthy of all the buzz, for sure. Hopefully you can avoid that backwards sunglasses Guy Fieri dude on your visit, but you’ve been warned this place is a Food Network darling.
1570 Stockton Street
San Francisco, Ca
Have you & your family discovered a gluten-free slice of heaven? Please sound off and let us know!
— Mireille Schwartz
In descending order, photos courtesy of: Michael Bennett (Flickr), Haseo (Flickr), Goat Hill Pizza website, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana website