A huge congratulations to the following Celiac Scene approved pizza restaurants for scoring ‘Best in Gluten-Free’ in the Times Colonist’s Best Slice in Town Contest!
900 Degrees Pizzeria Langford
“I think the most innovative thing we have done is bringing really good gluten-free pizza to our customers. My son was diagnosed celiac when he was 5 years old … and he loved pizza. It broke my heart thinking that he could no longer have pizza, so I developed a gluten-free pizza dough just for him. It was a real challenge, a labour of love.” Owner, Adrian Ortiz-Mena
Find 900 Degrees at101B 2401 Millstream Avenue in Langford. 250-590-4493 HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closed Sunday & Statutory Holidays.
The Joint Pizzeria
The Joint Pizzeria & Deli has been serving the gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan communities with integrity for more than ten years using the finest ingredients and the very best protocol. Yes, The Joint delivers – and how! 10″ and 14″ GF Sizes
Find the Joint at 1219 Wharf Street. Call (250) 389-2226 for special gluten-free requests. HOURS: Sunday: Noon – 11pm (Delivery 4 – 10:30pm) Monday: Closed Tues-Wed: 11am – 11pm (Delivery 4 – 10:30pm) Thur-Sat: 11am – 3am (Delivery 4 – 10:30pm) Custom orders available to 10:30pm
As the daughter of a celiac, Willows Pizza owner well knows the precautions necessary to build a gluten-free pizza from the bottom up.
- Crusts are sourced from a dedicated gluten-free manufacturer ($3 surcharge – 10″ or 12″)
- Fresh tomato sauce and a separate ladle is used to dress gluten-free pizzas
- Fresh cheese, vegetables, ham and chicken toppings are taken from unopened containers to prevent cross contamination through double dipping
- Pizzas are baked on sanitized pizza pans, in the same ovens as regular pizzas
- Gluten-free pizzas are cut on a dedicated, gluten-free cutting board
Willows’ only proviso is that GF pizzas may take a few more minutes to prepare than regular pizzas. Call ahead and ask about wait times. They want to take the very best care of us.
Celiac Scene Special Mention – Six Mile Pub
Gluten-free pizza is available anytime – made with Six Mile Pub’s Signature Sourdough Crust.
Find Six Mile at 494 Old Island Hwy in View Royal • 250-478-3121 HOURS: Mon – Tue: 11am to 11pm Wed – Sat: 11am to 12am Sun: 10am to 11pm (Sunday Brunch from 10am to 2pm) sixmilepub.com • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram
CAUTION: A gluten-free crust does not make for a gluten-free pizza! What to ask Pizza Restaurants Promoting ‘Gluten-Free’ Options:
Questions Specific to Pizza Restaurants
- The risk of cross contamination with airborne gluten flour is HIGH. Partake only if strict protocols are in place to protect your safety.
- Are ‘gluten-free’ crusts prepared on-site?
- During regular operations? Before regular production? During downtimes / days?
- See questions in Ingredient section above.
- Are pre-made ‘gluten-free’ crusts purchased from a dedicated gluten-free manufacturer? Who is the manufacturer?
- How are gluten-free sauces and toppings prepared?
- During regular operations? Before regular production? During downtimes / days
- See questions in Ingredient section below.
- How do staff ensure that all utensils used in preparing gluten-free orders are free of any trace of gluten?
- How are utensils, crusts, sauces and toppings protected from cross-contamination with gluten while waiting to be used?
- How will my order be protected from cross-contamination with gluten once it has been prepared and/or while waiting to be served?
- What ingredients will be used to make my order?
- How do staff know whether ingredients are really gluten free?
- Says so on labels?
- Checked product website?
- Called the manufacturer?
- Checked with The Celiac Scene? The CCA?
- Will pure spices, prepared seasonings or soy sauce made from wheat be used to make my meal?
- What other food items are cooked in the oil that ‘gluten-free’ items are cooked in?
- How are sauces and dressings thickened?
- How will my server communicate with the kitchen that a gluten-free order has been placed?
- How are gluten-free orders prepared in relation to the regular flow of the kitchen?
- Will staff wash their hands / change gloves / change aprons clean surfaces before preparing my order?
- How do staff ensure that all utensils used in preparing my food are free from any trace of gluten?
- Separate or scrubbed frying pan? Griddle scrubbed? Aluminum foil barrier? Dedicated pots? Dedicated colanders?
- What other precautions do staff take to minimize / prevent cross contamination?
- How will my server confirm with the kitchen that the order they are collecting has been prepared gluten free?
- How will my server confirm that the order they are delivering to me is gluten free?
How did the restaurant learn how to meet the needs of gluten-free diners?
- Through The Celiac Scene? Canadian Celiac Association?
- Registered dietitian? Local health authority?
- Staff members with celiac disease?
If the prospect of grilling restaurants about their gluten-free friendliness feels intimidating, you’ve got options!
Visit The Celiac Scene for restaurants that enjoy an excellent reputation within Victoria and Vancouver Island’s celiac community.
Join Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies to dine with a gluten-free group at carefully vetted restaurants. With more than 125 Meet-Ups under our belts, choose from a huge inventory of tried and tested celiac-friendly restaurants.