Over the past 5 years, the availability of gluten-free food items has grown at an astounding pace, with manufacturers and restaurant chefs alike fighting to keep up with the demand for new gluten-free menu items. However, with the growth of gluten-free eating as a ‘trend’, there is a group of diners who, contrary to what it may seem, are negatively impacted by the rise in popularity of gluten-free food items. While it has been fairly easy to find a gluten-free pizza crust in pizza shops across the country, it may not be quite that simple for those who suffer from celiac disease.
Celiac disease is a genetic disorder impacting at least 1 in every 133 Americans. Those with celiac disease suffer damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. Gluten is a form of protein found in varieties of wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate.
Many pizza chains across the country now offer gluten-free crusts, but for those with celiac disease these crusts still may not be a dining option due to the high risk of cross contamination. Without proper attention and preparation areas, flour from traditional pizza crusts may transfer from prep tables, topping containers, gloves, and baking trays onto the gluten-free crust – thus compromising its gluten-free quality.
At Sardella’s Pizza and Wings, we believe that all of our customers should be able to enjoy delicious, high-quality pizza in Peoria. As such we have implemented a series of preparation procedures to ensure that our gluten-free pizzas remain truly gluten-free from start to finish so they can be enjoyed by our customers with celiac disease.
For gluten-free pizzas ordered at Sardella’s the following preparation procedures are followed: Separate utensils and clean gloves are used, toppings are pulled from covered containers specially dedicated only for gluten-free pizzas and prepared in separate area of the kitchen. Different baking screens are used to prevent any cross-contamination while the pizzas are being cooked, and dedicated pizza cutters are used during slicing. Special stickers are used on takeout boxes to ensure the customer receives the gluten-free pizza they ordered.
While we cannot guarantee that every gluten-free pizza we produce is entirely free of cross-contamination, we do make every effort to ensure our gluten-free pizzas are prepared in a way that the risks of cross-contamination is minimized as much as possible.
For the best gluten-free pizza, try Sardella’s Pizza and Wings. The Sardella’s menu offers more than just the best gluten-free pizza in Phoenix. Our family recipes and commitment to customer satisfaction have put us among the top Arizona pizza places for more than 25 years. For the full Sardella’s menu and best gluten-free pizza in Arizona, visit www.sardellaspizza.com.