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publication date: Sep 30, 2014

Pizza Express - Gluten Free Horror


Pizza Express Gluten Free



It's lunch time. I'm hungry. What could be nicer than a pizza? From Pizza Express - afterall before I was gluten free I ate them all the time. The kids have them for lunch so they are bought from Sainsbury's and put in the freezer. What could go wrong?

I love pizza. It's a great comfort food and being milk free and dairy free makes it all a bit tragic. But there are some good options out there. And Panago's in Canada do a gluten free, Daiya cheese pizza to die for. I think the Domino's gluten free is good (but small) and Pizza Hut does a passable gluten free. I had high hopes from Pizza Express.

I went on line and ordered via Click & Collect. You have to choose the pizza, then edit the crust, rather than adding it. No problem. Gluten free crust is widely available to I played around for a bit and chose my Pianta with spinach, chestnut mushrooms, pine kernels and artichoke on a spicy arrabbiata base, finished with rocket and extra virgin olive oil (no cheese). Sounds perfect.

Ready on time, and when I opened the box it all looked good. The ingredients on top are fresh and plentiful.  But then...then I tasted it. The base is sodden. In one picture you can just see my teeth marks! Just leaden and bland. I have never, ever before not finished a pizza. Now maybe this isn't something to be proud of, but it's true. This one I couldn't eat. Really. Just couldn't finish it. Come on Pizza Express ! All that work with the Coeliac Society gone to waste.

So I guess it's back to Domino's - where ordering two pizza's in the way to go!

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