Pizza – probably the hardest thing for me to give up/change on a gluten free diet (except beer of course!).
I used to love a takeaway pizza before being diagnosed and so when the Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza was introduced it didn’t take me long to get stuck in! But we all know that the takeaway pizza chains are very expensive, so I ask is it really worth it?
Coeliac UK accredited
Before I move on to reviewing Domino’s gluten free pizza it must be said that they are fully accredited by Coeliac UK and have worked closely with them to put procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination as much as possible.
This is a restaurant where flour is used heavily in the kitchen and I doubt Domino’s will ever be able to be 100% sure of no cross-contamination, so please be cautious when ordering and if you are very sensitive then it might not be worth the risk.
The Dominos Gluten Free Pizzas
I’ve had Domino’s several times since being diagnosed Coeliac as it can be a good emergency meal. Let’s run through each element of buying a takeaway pizza to establish how good their gluten free pizza really is…
So my first and major gripe is that the base is one size only…small! What is it with gluten free food and decreasing the size of things!? Domino’s order them in pre-packaged to avoid any cross-contamination (fair enough), but to offer only a small is just frustrating. When I’m ordering Domino’s I’m either feeling greedy so want loads or I’m with people who follow a normal diet and will always order a medium or large. This may differ for you and I can appreciate having less is healthier blah blah blah.
In terms of taste it is average, it’s a nice and crunchy base but it has a very distinct flavour to it that kind of lingers in the mouth and I wasn’t overly keen on to be honest. It certainly didn’t match to the flavour I remember of their normal bases.
You’ll also find that you have to slice the pizza yourself as they don’t do it due to cross-contamination issues. I find it difficult to understand how hard it is to have a clean, gluten free area of the kitchen and to use a clean or dedicated pizza cutter for the GF pizzas. Mightily frustrating if you want to eat your pizza on the move or plan on taking it to the park etc.
Nearly all of their toppings are gluten free which I was pleased to discover. However, you can’t have the Ground Beef, Cumberland Sausage, or Pork Meatballs – which is a little disappointing when I used to get the Mighty Meaty on occasion. All the sauces are gluten free though so you can still enjoy a Texas BBQ.
Overall I have to give the taste of Domino’s gluten free pizza about a 6/10.
With the odd flavour of the base, the taste of the cheese is also changed in some weird way that makes it just not the same as I used to know and enjoy. The toppings are still just as good though and the pizza is not horrendous generally – it’s just not the same as it used to be man! I think the saltiness of the cheese is enhanced somehow which makes the whole experience less appetising than I wish it to be.
Sides & Desserts
There aren’t many options for gluten free sides – just salad, coleslaw and dips. I hope that in the future (possibly by the time you are reading this) that they will have introduced some gluten free wedges or nachos like Pizza Hut already do.
Desserts…well I just hope you don’t want one because they don’t offer anything! Like all places this will most likely end up being a gluten free chocolate brownie if they ever do decide to add a GF dessert to their menu. Or just add a Ben & Jerry’s pot that is gluten free – there are loads!
One word…RIDICULOUS! You are looking at a minimum of £9.99 for a SMALL Domino’s gluten free pizza – and that’s if you are just having Cheese & Tomato. In my mind, and I’m sure in most people’s, this is just not good value for money! I’ve even had situations where store managers have refused to include gluten free pizzas in the deals, which makes matters even worse.
An easy summary…
No it’s not worth it!
I will still order the odd Domino’s pizza if I’m in a right pickle or have no other choice, but there are so many better options available if you want a gluten free pizza.
The next port of call is Pizza Hut although I don’t rate theirs that highly either but it is slightly better. If you are willing to eat out then Pizza Express is still my fave as their base is superb plus you can get gluten free garlic bread, beer and desserts! Check out my review of the Pizza Express Gluten Free Pizza.
There are also some takeaway places offering gluten free pizzas now – we have a local pizza place in Camberley that do a 10″ gluten free pizza and it tastes amazing (again not cheap though).
If I don’t fancy going out for a pizza then I find the easiest and cheapest thing to do is either buy/make a gluten free base and make your own. You can even buy a frozen gluten free pizza from the supermarket and add a few more toppings to it (and most likely more cheese the stingy gits) – you’ll be spending about a third of what you would at Domino’s or Pizza Hut AND it will taste better as the frozen pizzas are pretty decent.
So my Coeliac friends, don’t give in to the extortionate price of a below-par pizza when you can either go out and enjoy a delicious one or make your own easily and inexpensively.
What are your thoughts on the Domino’s gluten free pizza? Comment below and let me know what you think!