Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hungry Howie's offers gluten-free pizza, with a warning.

Hungry Howie's Pizza this week became the latest chain to offer a gluten-free pizza crust, but with a warning.

The company said if you have celiac disease, this pizza "is not for you."

"Because Hungry Howie's Pizza prides itself on making pizza dough fresh in-store daily, the new gluten-free crust is not suitable for those with celiac disease, as trace amounts of gluten can be found in kitchen areas where the crust is made. However, those who prefer gluten-free food items because of dietary choice or mild gluten sensitivity can enjoy the brand's new crust," it said.

This sounds like Domino's Pizza's gluten-free disclaimer. I've had Domino's pizza with no problems, and an independent company tested Domino's gluten-free pizza in several cities a couple of years ago and found no gluten or less than 20 parts per million. But I still wouldn't recommend it for people who have more severe gluten-free sensitivities. Proceed with caution at Domino's and Hungry Howie's.

As far as Hungry Howie's goes, I'm not going to try it because there are no locations near me. It seems like there used to be a lot more Hungry Howie's restaurants in the Jacksonville area, but now there are only a handful left.

Hungry Howie's gluten-free crust is available in a six-slice small pizza. The crust is made with rice flour, rice starch, potato starch, water and olive oil.

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