Blaze Pizza is a popular chain of build-your-own pizza restaurants that offer pizza options for gluten-free dieters.
With over 300 restaurants across the United States and Canada, Blaze Pizza is quickly becoming one of the go-to pizza joints for the gluten-free community because of their accommodating options.
They make ordering very easy, both in-person and online. The restaurant employees are reasonably trained to avoid cross-contamination, and their website has plenty of information about allergens and an easy-to-use feature to filter out menu items that do not meet your dietary restrictions.
As a part of our gluten-free journey, we went to our nearest Blaze Pizza, Canoga Park-Los Angeles, to do a taste test and experience the ordering process for ourselves.
The verdict? Good pizza, but there is more to the story.
So, read on to get our complete guide on ordering gluten-free pizza at Blaze Pizza, learn everything you need to know and find out our review of the food.
Blaze Pizza’s Gluten Free Crust Options
Ordering at Blaze Pizza starts with choosing a crust. They have three gluten-free crust options you can choose from for your pizza:
-Gluten Free Dough Crust
The cauliflower and the keto crusts are ready-made and brought in from an outside supplier. The gluten-free doughs are made by Blaze and are kept in a separate area in the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination.
Let’s look at each of these crusts in more detail.
Blaze Pizza’s Cauliflower Crust Ingredients, Nutrition Facts and More
Cauliflower Crust Ingredients: Starch, Water, Egg Whites, Rice Starch, Modified Food Starch, Yeast, Sugar, Salt, Cultured Brown Rice, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Xanthan Gum.
Nutrition Facts: 1 Slice = 90 Calories 15g Net Carbs
Blaze Pizza’s cauliflower crust is gluten-free, but it contains dairy and eggs. It does not taste or smell like cauliflower, and it has a nice crispy texture.
It can hold up to the toppings well and is a good option if you’re looking for a lighter crust.
However, the crust it’s NOT vegan or keto-friendly. But, calorically, it’s on the lower end in comparison to many of the store-bought cauliflower pizza crusts.
This crust will cost an additional $4 to Blaze’s regular pizza price, but it’s definitely worth it.
Blaze Pizza’s Gluten Free Dough Crust Ingredients, Nutrition Facts and More
Gluten-Free Dough Crust Ingredients: Gluten-Free Blend: Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Water, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Yeast.
Nutrition Facts: 1 Slice = 90 Calories 15g Net Carbs
Blaze Pizza’s gluten-free dough is the most allergen-free crust we’ve ever seen. It is made with simple ingredients, all of which are dairy-free and vegan.
Surprisingly, it’s pretty low in calories and carbs too. With just 70 calories per slice, it can be a good option for those on a weight-loss diet as well.
The texture is crispy and chewy, similar to regular wheat-based pizza dough. It’s easy to work with and holds up well under the toppings.
Blaze charges an additional $3.50 for this crust, but it’s definitely worth it, given its allergen-friendly ingredients and low-calorie content.
Blaze Pizza’s Keto Crust Ingredients, Nutrition Facts and More
Keto Crust Ingredients: Cauliflower Rice, Low Moisture Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Casein Protein, Flaxseed, Eggs, Whey Protein, Yeast, Spices, Cultured Brown Rice.
Nutrition Facts: 1 Slice = 70 Calories 1 g Net Carbs
The Keto crust is Blaze Pizza’s third gluten-free option which is the perfect base for Ketogenic dieters. This is the crust you want to go for if you’re looking for the lowest-carb option. Just can’t beat 1g net carb and 9g protein per slice.
However, it’s not a match for any other type of diet since it contains dairy, eggs, and casein protein.
The Keto crust will cost you an additional $4.
Blaze Pizza’s Gluten Free Toppings
The good news is almost all of Blaze Pizza’s toppings are gluten-free. From the sauces to the meats and veggies and finishes, you’ll have plenty of options, including dairy-free options.
However, if you’re unsure whether or not a particular ingredient or topping is safe for your gluten-free diet, you can do two things to find out:
-Check the allergen chart on Blaze Pizza’s website (more on this below).
-Ask your server or the pizza chef for clarification.
The servers at Blaze Pizza are very well-trained on food allergens and will be able to guide you to the best (and safest) gluten-free options.
In terms of specific toppings, here are the crusts, sauces, cheeses, toppings, and finishes listed as gluten-free on Blaze’s special diets menu:
|Gluten Free Dough Crust|
|Garlic Pesto Sauce|
|Spicy Red Sauce|
|White Cream Sauce|
|Green Bell Peppers|
|Roasted Brussel Sprouts|
|Roasted Butternut Squash|
|Chipotle Ranch Drizzle|
|Franks Red Hot Drizzle|
|Olive Oil Drizzle|
Blaze Pizza’s Gluten Free and Dairy Free Options
Blaze Pizza has options for those who are both gluten-free and dairy-free.
Starting with the crust, you can choose the gluten-free Vegan dough crust and top it with your choice of pizza sauce and Vegan cheese.
As for the toppings, you’ll have plenty to choose from as most of them are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.
So, whether you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant, or have a dairy allergy, you can still enjoy a delicious pizza at Blaze.
Blaze Pizza’s Online Allergen Filter | Special Diets Wizard
Blaze Pizza has an amazing tool on its website that allows you to filter their menu by allergens.
This is an incredibly useful feature, especially if you have multiple food allergies or are following a special diet.
The filter is called the Special Diets Wizard and it allows you to checkmark food allergens you’d like to avoid and get a list of options that are safe for you to eat.
Bear in mind that you must look over the options that have been filtered of the allergens you checked marked simply because this feature may not be 100% accurate at all times. We’ve seen discrepancies between what we check marked to avoid and the end result shown on the menu.
If in doubt, ask the servers for clarification on whether or not a particular ingredient is safe for your diet.
Are Blaze Pizza’s Gluten Free Options Safe for Celiacs?
This question is best answered by Blaze Pizza itself in their website’s FAQ section.
Blaze Pizza makes it clear that there is a good chance of cross-contact in their restaurants because the employees work with wheat-based flour and dough, and all pizza options are cooked in the same oven.
They do take preventive measures such as changing gloves and using dedicated cutters when handling gluten-free pizzas to minimize cross-contact as much as possible, but they cannot guarantee zero gluten.
Ultimately, Blaze Pizza’s goal in offering gluten-free options is to help pizza lovers minimize gluten consumption. In no shape or form is this a guarantee that Blaze’s food will not have traces of gluten.
So, if you are celiac or have a severe gluten allergy, we recommend that you be super cautious when dining at Blaze Pizza and maybe consider another restaurant that can better accommodate your needs.
Blaze Pizza’s Gluten Free Pizza Review | Taste Test & Dining
We’ve had Blaze Pizza’s gluten-free pizza on many occasions, but this time we decided to pay a visit to one of our local restaurants as a critic to carefully observe everything from ordering to preparing to cooking and do taste testing.
We ordered the 11-inch gluten-free dough crust and chose veggie toppings for half the pizza and meats for the other half, and here is our review of Blaze Pizza’s gluten-free experience:
The first thing we noticed was that the staff was very knowledgeable about their gluten-free options and were able to answer any questions we had.
We also observed that they took extra care in preparing our pizza by changing gloves, using a separate container of the same gluten-free red sauce used for all pizzas, and carefully handling the pizza throughout its preparation.
So, things were pretty smooth with the servers.
The truth is that the pizza was good but not outstanding.
The crust was a bit too chewy for our taste and the overall flavor was just okay.
The pizza sauce was a bit on the sweet side, which we didn’t mind, but we thought the pizza could have used a little more cheese.
The vegetables were fresh and the meats were cooked well, but the taste didn’t have that “wow” factor that we were hoping for.
All in all, it was a decent pizza and we’ll try it again; just not next week….
Blaze Pizza’s prices are on par with other build-your-own pizza places such as MOD Pizza and Pieology.
We ordered the gluten-free dough crust and built our own veggie and meats for each half. We also got a 20 fl oz bottle of Sprite.
Here is the breakdown of the cost:
|Build Your Own $10.45|
|Gluten-Free Crust $3.50|
|Sprite Bottle $2.95|
Is the Gluten-Free Crust at Blaze Vegan?
Yes, the gluten-free dough at Blaze is vegan as it does not contain any animal products.
Is the Cauliflower Crust at Blaze Vegan?
No, the cauliflower crust at Blaze is not Vegan. The crust contains dairy and eggs.
Is the Gluten Free Crust at Blaze Dairy Free?
Yes, the gluten-free dough at Blaze does not contain dairy. Don’t mistake this crust for the other two gluten-free crusts Blaze offers. The dairy-free crust is called “Gluten-Free Dough”.
Is Blaze Pizza’s Spicy Chorizo Gluten Free?
Yes, the spicy chorizo at Blaze is gluten-free.
What Sauces at Blaze Pizza are Gluten Free?
According to Blaze Pizza’s food allergen chart, their garlic pesto sauce, red sauce, spicy red sauce, and white cream sauce are gluten-free.
Blaze Pizza’s gluten-free pizza is a decent option if you’re looking for something quick and easy. The pizza is good, and maybe with the right combination of toppings, it can be better.
The staff is knowledgeable and takes care in preparing the food, which is always a plus. But, the cross-contact chances are high. They use the same oven for all pizzas and there is a good possibility that you’ll have traces of gluten in your gluten-free pizza.
Don’t hesitate to ask the staff if you’re unsure about the choices of toppings. They’re pretty friendly and will help you avoid gluten as much as possible.
Overall, we’d say it’s worth trying Blaze Pizza’s gluten-free pizza if you’re in the mood for a quick pizza, but don’t expect to be blown away.