Gluten-Free Pizza: Delivery, Carry-Out or Dine In

Gluten-free pizzas have come a long way: Today, it is relatively easy to find a gluten-free pizza in almost every state, with major restaurant chains fully embracing the dietary trend.

When it comes to pizza delivery, you can order gluten-free pizza from Domino's, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's (of the major chains, only Little Caesars does not offer a gluten-free crust). Note that major caveats involving the potential for gluten cross-contamination apply; see the individual entries below for details. 

Here is an overview of just some of the national and regional chains currently offering gluten-free pizzas on their takeout and dine-in menus:

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BJ's Brewhouse
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Website: B.J.'s Brewhouse

BJ's Brewhouse, a dine-in chain with around 200 restaurants in 27 states, includes a thin-crust, gluten-free pizza as part of its extensive gluten-free menu.

The 10-inch, gluten-free pizza crust can be topped with nearly all of BJ's regular toppings; only the meatballs are considered non-gluten-free.

According to the company: While BJ's takes great effort to adhere to gluten-free standards, it does so voluntarily. Standards can vary from store to store.

Therefore, if you're ordering gluten-free, be sure to speak with your server to ensure extra care is taken to avoid cross-contamination.

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Boston's Gourmet Pizza

Boston's Gourmet Pizza
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Website: Boston's Gourmet Pizza

Boston's Gourmet Pizza, a casual dining restaurant with locations in 12 states, offers a small gluten-free crust in addition to its regular crusts.

You can use most of Boston's pizza toppings on your gluten-free crust, including: pepperoni, barbecue chicken, and Florentine (spinach, artichokes, and roasted garlic). Check with the specific location to see what's available.

Preparation standards can vary from restaurant to restaurant, so take extra care to ensure your server understands the importance of avoiding cross-contamination.

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Chuck E Cheese's

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Website: Chuck E Cheese's 

This favorite for children's birthday parties, with more than 600 locations nationwide, offers a pre-packaged individually-sized gluten-free pizza in cheese and pepperoni flavors.

The pizza arrives in its own wrapping with its own utensils to keep it free of gluten cross-contamination. Chuck E Cheese's also has gluten-free cupcakes for dessert.

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Domino's

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Website: Domino's

Domino's Pizza, a ubiquitous chain with more than 5,000 stores in the U.S. and nearly 15,000 stores worldwide, offers a gluten-free pizza crust. However, the company warns that it's gluten-free pizza is not recommended for people with celiac disease due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination.

Here are the details on Domino's gluten-free pizza offerings:

  • The crust is made in a gluten-free facility and passes testing, meaning it contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
  • The gluten-free pizza itself is made in the same Domino's kitchens with the same toppings and the same utensils, and in the same ovens, meaning there's a chance of gluten cross-contamination.
  • There's no airborne flour in Domino's stores, since all pizzas are tossed with cornmeal, not wheat flour.
  • Domino's states upfront that "there is a risk of gluten exposure" from the pizza.

Therefore, if you have celiac disease or have been diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you should avoid Domino's pizza. Those with wheat allergy also should steer clear. However, if you're avoiding gluten for other reasons, then you may be fine with Domino's gluten-free pizza. You'll need to make your own decision on that.

If you do decide to order the pizza, most Domino's toppings are okay to include. Steer clear of the Alfredo sauce, as that does include gluten (in the form of wheat flour).

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Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza

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Website: Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza

Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza, which has locations in Washington state, Texas, Oregon, and Colorado, offers thin-crusted, gluten-free pizzas in all of its stores.

The company has taken some fairly stringent precautions against gluten cross-contamination, including the use of separate storage, utensils, and sauce containers for all of its gluten-free food preparations. Moreover, it uses gluten-free flour for the "slapping" of all of its pizzas so that the airborne flour is entirely gluten-free.

Choose from multiple different cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables, and gourmet toppings such as fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes to top your pizza. Alternatively, you can order one of Garlic Jim's specialty pizzas, such as the Gourmet Garlic or the Nutty Chipotle.

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Godfather's Pizza

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Website: Godfather's Pizza

Godfather's Pizza, with locations in 40 states, offers six different gluten-free pizzas for delivery or pick-up: cheese, pepperoni, sausage, beef, all-meat combo, and classic combo.

All of the pizzas are prepared off-site at a facility certified gluten-free to five parts per million by the National Celiac Association. Once prepared, the pizzas will remain individually wrapped until they go through the final baking process at the stores.

Not all of the chain's 600-plus restaurants offer gluten-free pizza, and some only offer bake-at-home versions. Therefore, you'll need to call ahead and check with the specific location to see if you can buy a gluten-free pizza there.

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Papa John's

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 Website: Papa John's

Papa John's, which has 4,700 locations nationwide, offers what it calls an Ancient Grains Gluten-Free crust. The crust is not available at every location, so call ahead to check on your specific store.

The gluten-free crust, which is billed as a "personal pizza option," contains sorghum, teff, amaranth, and quinoa. It's prepared in "a gluten-free environment" prior to being shipped to Papa John's locations, but could be exposed to gluten cross-contamination during the pizza preparation process.

Therefore, Papa John's does not recommend the crust to people with celiac disease, and recommends that people with "a sensitivity to gluten" use "their best judgement."

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Pizza Hut
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Website: Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut's 10-inch gluten-free pizzas are available at 2,100 Pizza Hut locations in the U.S.. The pizzas are made with crusts from gluten-free products manufacturer Udi's Gluten-Free and are certified gluten-free to below 10 parts per million.

Pizza Hut's kitchen training manual was designed in coordination with the Gluten-Free Food Service Training and Management certification program to better protect against gluten cross-contamination.

You can purchase gluten-free pizzas at select Pizza Hut locations nationwide, available in either plain cheese or pepperoni-and-cheese. According to Pizza Hut: "The Udi's® Certified Gluten-Free crust is stored in a separate container, on a separate shelf in our fridge. The cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni are stored in a gluten-free designated kit, and every gluten-free pizza is freshly baked on designated parchment paper in our ovens."

If you want more choice in toppings, Pizza Hut will use the same crust and the same cheese, pepperoni, and marinara sauce, but will use any additional toppings from its regular pizza preparation table. This increases the chances of gluten cross-contamination.

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Uno Pizzeria & Grill

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Website: Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Uno Pizzeria & Grill, a casual restaurant chain with more than 110 locations in 21 states and in several other countries, offers three types of gluten-free pizza: cheese and tomato, pepperoni, and veggie. All contain soy, egg, yeast, and milk ingredients.

The restaurant chain also has an extensive array of other selections on its gluten-free menu, including salads, chili, entrees, and a burger on a gluten-free bun. Most locations carry gluten-free beer.

While the company says that it takes "​tremendous strides to identify all forms of gluten and gluten derivatives" in the foods they prepare in-house, it cannot guarantee that its pizzas won't get cross-contaminated in the kitchen.

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zpizza

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Website: zpizza

zpizza, an eclectic, casual pizza chain with locations in nine states and internationally, offers a multitude of gluten-free and vegan menu items.The chain's gluten-free pizza crust, made with rice, tapioca, and potato flours, is certified 100% vegan.

Most of its pizza toppings and sauces are also gluten-free, while a gluten-free cheese substitute is available for those following a dairy-free and GFCF diet or a vegan diet.

A Word from Verywell

When you're dining out or ordering in from a pizza restaurant, you'll always need to be aware of the chances of gluten cross-contamination.

As you can see from the above list, some chains are better at this than others. If you're particularly sensitive to trace gluten, stick with the restaurants that have dedicated sauces and toppings for their pizzas for the best results.

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