Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust review, and an interview!

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The news yesterday that Domino’s Pizza was now offering a gluten free pizza crust in all of its stores was met with celebration in my home! They are the first national pizza delivery chain to offer this. Pre-GF days, pizza had been my absolute favorite food. Nowadays, I make a pretty decent GF pizza – with quite a bit of work and time involved.

My family and I went out and picked up a few of the new gluten free pizzas last night from the Domino’s located in Pampa, Texas. We took them to a nearby park to enjoy. They tasted fantastic – crisp crust, the savory Domino’s pizza sauce, and that pizza-oven taste that home ovens just cannot duplicate. My GF son told me it was the best pizza he had ever had. I heard exclamations like, “Mom, finally I know what REAL pizza tastes like!” As most of you know, he has been GF since the age of 3; he is now 10. This was a pretty big event for all of us.

(photo credit: Domino’s Pizza)

Domino’s pretty clearly states up front that, due to potential cross-contamination issues, this pizza was not recommended for those with Celiac Disease. 3rd party testing had shown most results were well below 20 ppm for gluten, and Domino’s garnered an Amber Rating from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). This means the ingredients are verified gluten free and staff has been trained, but kitchen practices may vary.

Really, this didn’t surprise me – at many restaurants where I dine, there is similar fine print on the bottom of the gluten free menus. What DID surprise me, however, was the negative reactions of some of my gluten free peers. Their worry is that Celiacs will unknowingly consume gluten. I feel that Domino’s is doing an excellent job in clearly stating everywhere that cross-contamination is possible. Their press release, YouTube video, even when you click the button to order a gluten free crust all warn consumers about the potential for cross contamination. I call this responsible communication, and I appreciate it.

After my hands-on experience with the pizza, I contacted Domino’s to ask a few things. I spoke with Chris Brandon, Spokesperson for Domino’s, and he was very helpful with answering my questions.

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GLUTENVYGIRL: Why did your company decide to create a gluten free pizza crust?
CHRIS BRANDON, DOMINO’S SPOKESPERSON: We created it for the 18 million people living with gluten sensitivities. The first thing we wanted to do was to do our homework. We wanted to be as educated, open, and informative as possible. We partnered with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to do so. We also wanted to keep in mind WHO our product is for, as well as who it is NOT for.

GEG: What kind of employee training have you implemented with regards to this product?
DOMINO’S: Education. This is our first time developing a product like this, and all team members have been educated about handling the gluten free crusts. We want this executed well, like any pilot that we do. We made sure team members knew how to execute this and do it right.

GEG: I read that you had independent 3rd party testing and the pizza tested less that 20ppm (parts per million) of gluten. Was this testing done in an independent kitchen, or in a standard Domino’s Pizza kitchen?
DOMINO’S: Most product testing tested far less than 20ppm. The testing was done in a shared kitchen, on standard Domino’s equipment at stores across the country. We actually did an additional round of testing as well, just to make sure we were getting a good sample. With the Amber Designation from NFCA, it isn’t enough to be safe for those with Celiac.

GEG: Do you have plans for other gluten free items in the future?
DOMINO’S: Currently, we are waiting to see – we want to do what helps the consumers, what tastes good, and what this audience wants from us. We want to be very clear about who this product is for and who it is not.

GEG: Is there anything else that you would like readers to know?
DOMINO’S: In partnership with the NFCA, we are pleased to be offering this choice for the gluten free consumer. We know it is a rising need. We are proud of the gluten free crust that we are now offering. We will continue to ensure the best we can that we make consumers aware of who it is recommended for and who it is not.

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A few more notes:
Domino’s gluten free crusts are available in one size – small, 10-inch crusts.
The GF crusts, as with all their crusts, are delivered directly from a supplier.
Pizza toppings are not all gluten free; use caution when selecting your toppings.
If you have Celiac Disease, this is not the product for you.
Exercise your judgement when it comes to the potential for cross-contamination and how it could affect your own gluten intolerance or sensitivity.

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A big thank you to Chris Brandon with Domino’s for taking the time today to chat with me! I really appreciate this company, and I look forward to enjoying this pizza again (& again) in the future!

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26 Responses to Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust review, and an interview!

  1. Amanda had this to say about that:

    I have been diagnosed with Celiac for over a year. I have eaten the gluten free “white” pizza and have not had a bad reaction (well once). I got there a little bit before my pizza was done and saw them cutting my gf pizza with the cutter that they cut the regular pizza with. Since then when I order my pizza I ask them not to cut it and have not had a problem since. I am thankful for them offering it!

  2. Sharol had this to say about that:

    I tried the gluten free pizza from Dominos as well, and it was DELISH… However I was leery of the white suace, as they typically have flour added. I would love to see Dominos remove toppings that have gluten, as it defeats the purpose of the dough being gluten free if the sauce is not.
    I had Ham, pineapple, bacon and red peppers, and it was as good as a normal pizza. I had no reactions or problems at all. I wonder if those that had issues had the WHITE SAUCE?

  3. jill had this to say about that:

    I just ordered the GF pizza. I recently started eliminating gluten based on several health related symptoms which many freinds and family suggested may be linked to Gluten. I have noticed I am very sensity to it now and am trying to eliminate it. I do not think I have Celiacs, but if this pizza is so GF, then I had better get tested ASAP. After eating several slices of my only light cheese pizza, may face began to feel hot, I was nauseous and I knew what is ahead of me, extreme torture, pains that cause hot and cold sweats and a general wish for death until it leaves my body. ORDER WITH CAUTION.

  4. Steve Wise had this to say about that:

    NOT GLUTEN FREE! First one was fine, last one – NO. Sick as a dog. Contacted Dominos and they don’t recommend their gluten free pizza for Celiacs.

  5. Lori had this to say about that:

    LOVE DOMINO’S GF PIZZA….. I am a happy girl again:D

  6. heidi had this to say about that:

    we JUST got the gluten-free pizza up here in Canada and am waiting for the store to open so I can go try it out. I hope its not that same ol same ol that they have in so many chains here. I will give a full review upon my return in a few hours…………fingers crossed!

  7. Sara T had this to say about that:

    I ordered a pizza as soon as it was available. I am not particularly sensitive as a Celiac. I order things like tater tots and fries that are fried with breaded things and don’t react. But within 2 hours I was in the bathroom throwing up. The pizza was really good, pretty damn close to normal but I probably won’t be trying it again.

    • Jim had this to say about that:

      It tasted fine but the gas and diarrhea came in about an hour later. I appreciate the attempt. If you have celiacs avoid.

  8. charmaine had this to say about that:

    Every time my family finds a place with “new” gluten free crust we run out and try it, only to find that every place in town apparently buys their gluten free crust from the same supplier…and it’s not good. I really want to try this, but the picture looks like it might be that same crust again. I think we’ll get one this weekend though, if for no other reason, to support Domino’s in offering gluten free pizza and in their handling of it. I think they’ve done a great job!

  9. karinairene had this to say about that:

    I cant find anywhere if the tomato sauce used on Dominos pizza is gluten free. Do you happen to know? Thanks for the review.

  10. Anne had this to say about that:

    Dear all,

    Well I tried Domino’s small-sized GF pizza with a few toppings, and it was a huge fail.
    Now I consider myself intolerant, anything aside from several crumbs or so and I’m feeling like total blah or worse. This pizza gave me reactions in less than 4 hours, cramps and gas to no end, like I ate a bowl of normal pasta. I fear the next few days. Here I was hoping for more, even with their disclosure and the “Taking Domino’s to the lab” third-party testing success.
    Also, they charge an extra $0.50 a topping for the GF pizza over regular, why, the clerks didn’t say. I’m calling them in the morning for it as we shouldn’t pay more for toppings when we already pay $3.00 more for tiny pre-made crusts. The workers said something about off-setting the costs of stocking such a rarely bought item.
    A waste of time, money, and pain. I just wanted a bite after almost a year without. Now I’ll make my own, or see if Fusion can do better.
    I just wanted to warn others, even the less sensitive GF folks.

    Take care everyone.

  11. Catherine had this to say about that:

    Thank you for the review. I, too don’t understand the gluten-free negative reaction. I believe Domino’s is doing an extraordinary job informing the public of cross contamination issues so we can make educated choices. My fear is these negative responses will discourage companies from developing gluten free products. I’m a celiac, cross contamination is a concern for me; but realistically I know it’s going to happen no matter how careful I am. Very few companies educate the public as well as Domino has–and for that they earn my respect.

  12. Holly had this to say about that:

    Thanks for your review! I just ordered one and was a little nervous it would taste like cardboard. I can’t wait to get it now!

  13. Debbie had this to say about that:

    I found out about the offering of a GF crust on Thursday and ordered it that night after work. Then again a new pizza after work on Friday. Then another after work on saturday. I am sitting here eating the few leftovers. I must say, the pizza is delicious. I always prerefered the white sauce instead of the red sauce on pizzas and that really isn’t an option when shopping for a GF pizza. But Domino’s has now made me a pizza lover again.
    White sauce, spinach, onion, mushroom and sliced sausage? I am in GF Heaven. Now they just need to make some desserts and I’ll be set!

    • glutenvygirl had this to say about that:

      That sounds so so yummy!! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Jenna had this to say about that:

      The Domino’s near my house said that the white sauce is thickened with flour and it is not gluten free. The red sauce and BBQ sauce are both gluten free, but not white sauce.

  14. Gretchen had this to say about that:

    Thank you for your research and trial on this! My husband just told me yesterday about Domino’s, and unfortunately we don’t have one locally, but it will be on our list to grab next time we are in the vicinity of one.

    • glutenvygirl had this to say about that:

      We don’t have a local one either- had to drive quite a ways :)
      Thanks so much for the comment!

  15. Caleb had this to say about that:

    I’m the hubby/dad in the glutenvygirl home. The first night the Pizzas were available we drove to the nearest Domino’s (45 miles) for research purposes and the greater good of the gluten free community. Tonight we repeated this drive because I am a softy and Bonnie and our son begged and bribed shamefully well. It must be really good. I tried it too. Not bad. I’m glad it’s on the menu, but wish it was closer. This is a big step for gluten free. This is a big deal. This is nationwide. Even if you don’t like pizza, go buy one. If sales are good other nationwide chains will follow suite. Horray for capitalism and congrats pizza cravers.

    • glutenvygirl had this to say about that:

      Yet you want to move even farther away from civilization… :)
      Thanks for commenting! And reading. And for trying all the icky mistake-food that doesn’t get posted here. ;)

  16. Cat Forsley had this to say about that:

    AWESOME AWESOME :)
    GF – I LIKE THAT
    :)
    WONDERFUL WORK :)
    AND I REALLY LIKE DOMINOS :)
    XOXOXO
    BEST ALWAYS
    CAT

  17. Nicolle had this to say about that:

    I’ve never been a fan of the traditional “American-style” pizza with the thick doughy crust. I grew up in Europe and pizza crusts there are thin and crispy. The photo you feature reminds me more of European pizza.

    I doubt I’ll actually try this, but I think it’s great Domino’s making a step in this direction.

    • glutenvygirl had this to say about that:

      The crust is definitely thinner and crispier – it was really good! Not as thin as their typical thin crust (which was my favorite, in my pre-GF days), but really great!
      That’s one of the things I struggle with when making them at home- trying to get the crust thin enough but still workable in my kitchen.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  18. Mary had this to say about that:

    I’ll be bold and seize the moment to let you know that I think you’re amazing and awesome for writing and growing your blog and setting up interviews and getting the word out! And, once again, you make me want to eat what you’re writing about… and I have no fondness for Domino’s, but maybe I’ll have to try it again…
    :-)

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