The Pizza Pub experience
Sometimes you are just in the mood for a great pizza. Sometimes you are in the mood for that whole neighborhood quaint pizza pub environment as well. There is something about the smell of garlic, fresh bread, melting cheese, exposed red brick walls, high top pub tables and stools, and a cold beer. Okay, so I’m a bit of a romantic looking for more than the big chain pizza store experience.Once gluten free you may think these environments and foods are a thing of the past. However, we happened upon just such a place one evening, or at least close to it, at Palio’s Pizza cafe at Preston and Park. They claim to have put in the hours of research and development choosing just the right gluten free crust, and not just choosing the “typical” gluten free crust, the one size only version that every one else serves – that we are so tired of by now. We decided to give it a try. There were several options including vegetarian, as well as more of the gourmet toppings that are more to my liking, and what I try to create at home. I recommend the Cade & Blake Pesto. BYOB if you wish, and enjoy. Let’s talk beer, since it seems to be the beverage of choice alongside pizza. For those of you wondering if there is a beer that is gluten free, there are a few. Often Red Bridge is available where they sell gluten free pizza, and serve beer, and in a very cold frosty mug – it passes. If you can get more options or can bring your own, I prefer Green’s dubbel dark ale, as I was formerly in love with dark ale beers before giving up gluten. There is a beer on the market that uses low-protein barley that has enzematicly broken down the gluten and proteins. In my opinion, I feel that the immune system will still create an immune/inflammatory response in many. When I create a pizza at home, I use Udi’s frozen pizza crust, a homemade pesto, goat cheese, roasted garlic, such as mushroom, and olives, artichokes etc. The trick to using the frozen crusts is to push it off of the baking sheet in the last few minutes to the wire rack of the oven to really crisp up the crust. It should be noted that Palio’s does not have a separate kitchen for their gluten free pizza cooking, and though they make every effort to keep it safe for us (such as using clean gloves, and clean utensils) cross contamination is always possible in this kind of situation.