Pieology Pizza is another popular build-your-own pizza chain that offers multiple gluten-free options for pizza lovers.
Like other pizza joints catering to gluten-free dieters, they prepare gluten-free orders with a high level of care to avoid cross-contact. In fact, at Pieology, we saw a few additional preventive steps being taken, which we didn’t recall seeing at other places.
We tried their custom-made pizzas on their gluten-free crust options, and we were really pleased with both the taste and the care that went into our pizzas to avoid gluten contact.
So, to acquaint you more with Pieology Pizzeria, we wrote this guide to cover everything you need to know about their gluten-free menu and share our pizza experience with you all.
Let’s start with the bases…
Pieology Pizza Gluten Free Crust Options
Of course, the base is almost 90% of the story when we’re talking gluten-free pizza.
At Pieology Pizza, they offer two gluten-free crusts:
-Gluten Free Crust
Both of these crusts are premade in a certified gluten-free kitchen by a supplier and stored in separate, sealed bags until they’re ready to be used.
Let’s look at each of these crusts a little closer.
Pieology Pizza’s Gluten Free Crust Ingredients, Nutrition Facts and More
Gluten-Free Crust Ingredients: Rice Flour, Modified Rice Starch, Potato Starch, Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Potato Flour, Canola/Olive Oil Blend, Yeast, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Cultured Brown Rice.
Nutrition Facts: 1 Crust = 360 Calories 79g Net Carbs 3g Fats 3g Protein
Pieology’s gluten-free crust is also Vegan and, surprisingly, low in calories for a gluten-free pizza crust. This is great news for those who are gluten-free and Vegan or just trying to watch their calorie intake.
This crust will cost you an additional $3.30 on top of the regular build-your-own pizza price.
Now let’s move on to the cauliflower crust…
Pieology Pizza’s Cauliflower Crust Ingredients, Nutrition Facts and More
Cauliflower Crust Ingredients: Cauliflower, Low Moisture Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Water, Egg Whites, Rice Starch, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Yeast, Salt, Cultured Brown Rice, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Xanthan Gum.
Nutrition Facts: 1 Crust = 460 Calories 68g Net Carbs 12g Fats 12g Protein
The Cauliflower crust is Vegetarian friendly but not Vegan. This is because it contains cheese and eggs.
For this crust, they charge an additional $3.70 on top of the regular build-your-own pizza price, but in our opinion, it’s worth it because it’s one of the tastiest cauliflower crusts out there.
Pieology Pizza’s Gluten Free Toppings
There are plenty of gluten-free toppings at Pieology to choose from. Some are naturally gluten-free, while others are gluten-free because they’re made without gluten-containing ingredients.
Obviously, most vegetables used as pizza toppings are naturally gluten-free, but if you’re unsure about any processed topping, don’t hesitate to ask the servers because they will have more knowledge on avoiding major food allergens such as gluten.
You can also use Pieology’s allergens and nutrition chart as an additional reference to better inform your choices.
Here are the gluten-free foods and toppings Pieology offers based on their allergen chart listed in categories:
|Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Vegetarian)|
|Garlic Herb Butter Blend|
|Sunflower-Olive Oil Blend|
|Daiya – Mozzarella (Vegan)|
|Chicken (All-Natural & Cage-Free)|
|Spicy Chicken (All-Natural & Cage-Free)|
|Spicy Italian Sausage|
|Roasted Red Pepper|
Pieology Pizza’s Gluten Free Vegan and Dairy-Free Options
Pieology’s lifestyle pizza menu offers both vegan and dairy-free pizzas. You can custom-make your pizza to be both gluten-free and vegan/dairy-free by choosing the correct crust and toppings.
As mentioned earlier, Pieology’s Gluten-Free crust is already vegan, so that’s one step out of the way.
For dairy-free cheese, they offer Daiya mozzarella as a replacement, and it’s honestly one of the best dairy-free cheeses we’ve had.
And, of course, there is plenty of toppings you can choose from to make your pie vegan or dairy-free.
BTW, you can use Pieology’s online menu to view vegan and dairy-free toppings and ingredients separately from the rest to make your proper topping selection easier.
Here are 5 steps to find your way to your lifestyle toppings of your choice on Pieology’s website:
1- Click on Menu from the Home page
2-Scroll all the way down until you see “Lifestyle Pizzas.”
3-You’ll see 3 options: Gluten-Free Custom Pizza, Vegan Custom Pizza, Dairy-Free Custom Pizza
4-Under the vegan or dairy-free option, select “View Ingredients”.
5-In the selected page, you will see all toppings which adhere to your special lifestyle diet.
This way, you can easily add or remove toppings to make your pizza as gluten-free, vegan, or dairy-free as you want.
Is Pieology Pizza Celiac Friendly?
The short answer is NO.
Pieology Pizza’s disclaimer regarding guests with Celiac and gluten sensitivities says: “Pieology does not recommend our gluten-free pizzas for guests with celiac disease. Guests with gluten sensitivities should also exercise caution and judgment when ordering our gluten-free pizzas.”
Based on what we saw while our pizzas were being prepared, Pieology employees were very careful to avoid cross-contact, but then again, they do use the same oven for all pizzas and do not have a separate prep area for gluten-free pizzas.
So, be sure to take this into consideration if you have Celiac or are highly sensitive to gluten.
Pieology Pizza Gluten Free Pizza Review | Taste Test & Dining
We ordered Pieology’s both gluten-free crusts with different toppings to get a good variety, and we were not disappointed.
For the gluten-free crust, we chose vegetarian toppings, and for the cauliflower crust, we went with mostly meats. They were both equally delicious.
Here is each aspect of our gluten-free pizza experience at Pieology pizza in more detail:
The Employees & Pizza Preparation
The employees were well informed about food allergens and the choice of toppings appropriate for each diet. They were friendly and explained the process of how they would avoid cross-contact while preparing our pizzas.
As for the pizza preparation process, the team members were very careful and took all the necessary precautions to avoid contaminating our pizzas with gluten.
Separate pizza pans, oil brushes, utensils, red sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pizza cutters were used in handling our pizzas.
The pizzas were also placed on clean baking screens before being put into the oven to avoid contact with the oven’s surface, where regular wheat pizzas are also placed for cooking.
So, no issues here in terms of staff and the preparation of the pizzas.
The Pizzas (Taste & Texture)
The pizzas were really delicious. Both crusts were crispy and not too thick or thin, and the toppings were fresh and flavorful.
Taste-wise, none of the ingredients or toppings were too strong or bland, and the
As for the texture, the gluten-free crust was a bit chewy but in a good way and didn’t really taste any different from a regular wheat crust.
The cauliflower crust was slightly thinner and had a bit of a crunch to it, but it wasn’t hard or dry. It didn’t smell or taste like cauliflower at all; in fact, we couldn’t really taste any difference between the two crusts.
All in all, we were really impressed with the taste and quality of the gluten-free pizzas at Pieology.
Pieology’s prices are right about average for a build-your-own pizza place.
A create-your-own-pie starts at $10.95 and additional charges apply for any of the gluten-free crusts on the menu.
We ordered two gluten-free build-your-own pizzas with one fountain drink as separate orders and here are breakdowns of the cost for each:
|Gluten-Free Crust (Veggie Toppings)|
|Cauliflower Crust (Meat Toppings)|
Is Pieology Gluten-Free Crust Keto?
Pieology’s gluten-free crust is not Keto. The gluten-free crust is low in calories but not carbs. It has 79grams of carbs and unless you’re able to satisfy your appetite with just one slice, we do not recommend this for anyone on the Keto diet.
Is Pieology Pizza Low Carb?
Pieology Pizza does not offer any pizza or crust option that is low in carb. The lowest carb crust Pieology offers is their Kids menu crust which has 50grams of carbs and it’s NOT gluten-free.
Does Pieology Have Thick Crust Pizza?
Yes, Pieology has its version of thick crust called PieRise which is an 11″ crust, but it’s NOT gluten-free.
Is Cauliflower Pizza from Pieology Healthy?
Pieology’s cauliflower pizza is healthy because nothing stands out as a known harmful additive in its list of ingredients.
The crust is made of Cauliflower, Low Moisture Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Water, Egg Whites, Rice Starch, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Yeast, Salt, Cultured Brown Rice, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Xanthan Gum.
These ingredients are typical of what you’ll find in other cauliflower crusts on the market.
By now, we’ve tried many pizza places to know the difference between average and good quality pizza. Pieology is definitely one step ahead of the game among the build-your-own pizza joints in terms of taste and quality.
All pizza joints make an effort to avoid cross-contact when preparing a gluten-free pizza, but Pieology’s staff went the extra mile to ensure that our pizzas were as safe as possible.
The end result was some of the best-tasting gluten-free pizza we’ve had in a long time, and we will definitely be back for more.
If you have a Pieology near you, we highly recommend that you give it a try, especially if you are looking for a good gluten-free pizza.