Papa John’s has joined the growing ranks of pizza chains offering Gluten-Free Pizza.
The chain said its Gluten-Free Crust, made from Ancient Grains, is available nationwide starting today. The never-frozen Gluten-Free Crust is made with sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa. A two-topping pizza made with Papa John’s new Gluten-Free crust is available now for $9.99.
The Ancient Grains are naturally gluten-free and higher in protein and fiber than other grains, while adding a more robust texture and flavor to the crust, the chain said in their News Release.
The national offering is a direct result of recent pilot testing earlier this year in Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, Houston and Nashville.
“Eating a gluten-free crust doesn’t have to mean eating a bland, tasteless product,” said Sean Muldoon, Chief Ingredient Officer at Papa John’s. “Our Gluten-Free Crust took more than two years to develop and perfect because taste and texture were key factors in the dough development. The fact that our pilot customers told us they loved the taste proves that we made the right decisions.”
Operationally, Papa John’s employs procedures to prevent contact with gluten, and while the crust is prepared in a separate, gluten-free facility before being shipped to stores, it is possible that a pizza with gluten-free crust could be exposed to gluten during the in-store, pizza-making process. Therefore, the brand does not recommend its Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains for customers with Celiac Disease or serious gluten intolerances.
Gluten-Free Summary of other chains
Papa John’s joins a growing number of pizza chains with gluten-free offerings. According to Mintel, gluten-free food sales grew 178% from 2013-16 and the percentage of consumers eating gluten-free versions of foods that typically contain gluten continues to trend upward.
EatDrinkDeals has reviewed the menus of the nation’s largest chains to find out which restaurants you can count on for gluten-free pizza and other pizzeria favorites.
Our roundup is below. Pizza chains are listed alphabetically. The chain’s Pizza Today rank (based on sales) is in parenthesis after its name in the list.
Blaze Pizza (ranked number 23) offers a Gluten Free Crust. Select Gluten Free dough (additional charge) when you build your pizza. For details visit: Blaze Pizza.
California Pizza Kitchen (6) says they can prepare any of their pizzas on a gluten-free crust. CPK also offers the following four pizzas that can be prepared using gluten-free ingredients and the strict procedures certified by the GIG: The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, Pepperoni, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage and Margherita. For more details, visit CPK’s Gluten-Free Pizza menu.
Chuck E. Cheese’s (8) offers an individual Cheese Pizza and a Chocolate Fudge Cupcake that are certified gluten-free and delivered to each guest in its sealed package. More details are on the Chuck E. Cheese FAQ page. You can also get menu and allergen information for each individual Chuck E. Cheese’s location. Visit the menu page, then select your local Chuck E. Cheese’s location and click Download Local Menu. The local menu will list additional gluten-free menu items if available.
Domino’s (Number 2 ranking) offers a Gluten Free Crust that contains no wheat, rye or barley and has a gluten content of less than 20 ppm. Domino’s currently only offers their Gluten Free Crust in a small size. You can select Gluten-Free crust when you start your pizza order. For an FAQ and more details about how Domino’s prepares their Gluten Free Crust, visit Domino’s gluten-free pizza website.
Donatos Pizza (22) sells frozen gluten-free Take & Bake pizzas that are made with Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust and are prepared in a certified gluten-free facility. You may also create your own pizza with a gluten-free crust at a Donatos location or purchase Take & Bake gluten-free pizzas at a retail store near you. For more information see the Donatos Gluten-Free FAQ or check out the Donatos Nutrition Page.
Godfather’s Pizza (15) offers gluten-free pizza and/or side items at most locations. To see if your local Godfather’s Pizza carries menu items from their gluten-free line, visit the Godfather’s Pizza Store Locator page and see if the “Gluten Free Items” category is checked.
Hungry Howie’s Pizza (12) makes their own Gluten-Free Crust, which does not contain wheat, barley or rye and has a gluten content of less than 20 ppm. The Gluten-Free Crust is currently available in a six-slice small (10″) pizza size only. For an FAQ and more details about how Hungry Howie’s prepares their Gluten-Free Crust, visit Hungry Howie’s Gluten-Free Crust website.
Marco’s Pizza (10) offers a few gluten-free items and gluten-free pizza at some locations. To find out if your location has gluten-free crust, view the Marco’s Special Diets Page and click on the allergans you want to avoid.
Mellow Mushroom (18) offers the following gluten-free pizzas served on a 12″ vegan gluten-free crust made with Smart Flour and ancient grains: House Special, Gourmet White, Mighty Meat, Veg Out, Kosmic Karma and Cheese Pizza. Mellow Mushroom prices their gluten-free pizza and ingredients the same as their medium pies. For a list of additional gluten-free toppings and ingredients and more details about how Mellow Mushroom prepares their gluten-free pizzas, check out the Mellow Mushroom Gluten-Free menu.
Papa Gino’s Pizzeria (31) offers a Gluten Free Pizza made with Udi’s Gluten Free Crust and Papa Gino’s own famous Pizza Sauce and 3-Cheese Blend. Enjoy a wide range of gluten-free pizzas, including Hawaiian, Meat Combo, PapaRoni, Super Veggie and more. For more details about Papa Gino’s gluten-free pizzas, visit the Papa Gino’s GlutenFree website.
Papa John’s (4) unveiled their Gluten-Free Pizza on August 7, 2017. The chain said its Gluten-Free Crust is made from Ancient Grains. The new, never-frozen Gluten-Free Crust is made with sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa. A two-topping pizza made with Papa John’s new Gluten-Free crust is available now for only $9.99.
Papa John’s employs procedures to prevent contact with gluten, and while the crust is prepared in a separate, gluten-free facility before being shipped to stores, it is possible that a pizza with gluten-free crust could be exposed to gluten during the in-store, pizza-making process. Therefore, the brand does not recommend its Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains for customers with Celiac Disease or serious gluten intolerances.
Papa Murphy’s (5) has partnered with Udi’s Gluten Free branded products to offer a Gluten Free Crust. You can get a gluten-free medium Papa Murphy’s Pizza by choosing Gluten Free when you choose a crust. For more details, visit out the Papa Murphy’s Gluten Free FAQ.
Pizza Hut (Ranked Number 1) offers gluten-free pizza in more than 2,100 Pizza Hut restaurants nationwide and plans to continue to expand their gluten-free offerings to restaurants across the nation based on consumer demand. Click here to see the full list of locations offering gluten-free pizza.
Pizza Hut’s gluten-free pizza is made with Udi’s Certified Gluten-Free crust and select Pizza Hut gluten-free toppings and is prepared using procedures certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). For an FAQ and more details about how Pizza Hut crafts their gluten-free pizzas, visit Pizza Hut’s gluten-free pizza website.
Pizza Ranch (16) offers a gluten-free crust in a single-serving size at most locations. Pizza Ranch also offers sauces and toppings that do not contain gluten in their ingredient statements. For more information and a complete list of gluten-free menu offerings, check out the Pizza Ranch gluten-free crust website.
Gluten-Free Status of Other Pizza Chains
Bertucci’s (21) does not have a gluten-free pizza but offers a selection of gluten-free starters, salads and entrees, including Antipasto, Tuscan Roasted Vegetables, Farmhouse Salad, Grilled Salmon and Roasted Eggplant Pomodoro. For more information and a complete list of gluten-free menu items, visit the Bertucci’s website and click on Gluten Sensitive.
Round Table Pizza (11) not offer gluten-free pizza, but select items on their menu, such as wings and salads, are gluten-free. Visit the Round Table allergen chart for complete allergen information.
Sbarro Pizza (7) offers salads and other gluten-free items but does not have a gluten-free pizza option. For more information view Sbarro Nutritional Information.
About Gluten-Free (from Wikipedia)
A gluten-free diet (GFD) is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and all their species and hybrids. The inclusion of oats in a gluten-free diet remains controversial.
Gluten causes health problems for those with gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease (CD), non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and wheat allergy. In these patients, the gluten-free diet is demonstrated as an effective treatment. In addition, at least in some cases, the gluten-free diet may improve gastrointestinal and/or systemic symptoms in diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or HIV enteropathy, among others. Several studies show that about 79% of the people with coeliac disease have an incomplete recovery of the small bowel, despite a strict gluten-free diet. This is mainly caused by inadvertent ingestion of gluten. People with poor basic education and understanding of gluten-free diet often believe that they are strictly following the diet, but are making regular errors.
A gluten-free diet should be mainly based on naturally gluten-free foods with a good balance of micro and macro nutrients: meat, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, rice, and maize are all appropriate. If commercially prepared, gluten-free replacement products are used, it is preferable to choose those that are enriched or fortified with vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, healthy alternatives to these products are pseudocereals (quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat) and other minor cereals, which have high biological and nutritional value.