Mama Mimi’s started to offer gluten-free take & bake pizza at the end of April 2010. Mama Mimi’s founder, Jeff Aufdenkamp, says that when his customers ask for something, they find a way to give it to them! Well, they are certainly doing that by having “Gluten-free Thursdays” at all Mama Mimi’s locations. It all started out with a few requests 10 years ago for gluten-free pizza. Then customers began bringing in their pizza dough for Mama Mimi’s to put their toppings on.
Mama Mimi’s will not be making the pizza dough in-house, but getting it from French Meadow Bakery. Getting the dough from an outside source lessens the chance of cross contamination. Why French Meadow Bakery? French Meadow Bakery is organic and certified to be gluten-free by the GFCO. How will Mama Mimi’s make sure that there is not contamination from the regular pizza dough? They will be using designated gluten-free sauce, utensils and containers. Additionally, the staff will change their gloves between making the regular pizzas & gluten-free pizzas. Special training for staff members took place on April 20, 2010.
Because Mama Mimi’s prides itself on fresh ingredients, gluten-free pizzas will only be available on Thursdays. The once weekly shipment from French Meadow Bakery is what this decision was based on. Mama Mimi’s wants your pizza to be fresh & taste the best it can, not like it has been sitting around for several days. The pizzas are the same size as Mama Mimi’s small pizzas and are roughly 10.5 inches in diameter. They will sell for only $2.00 more than the regular small pizzas.
What about toppings? Mama Mimi’s has over 40 fresh toppings that can be added to the gluten-free pizzas! That is a lot of toppings! This includes the Primo Vegetarian pizza with baby spinach, broccoli, Roma tomatoes and artichoke hearts and the Pepperoni Trio, Rajun Cajun, Moltansanti and many more. There are only a handful of toppings/ingredients that do have gluten at Mama Mimi’s. (The pesto sauce does contain nuts, but no gluten). Those ingredients are:
- Bleu Cheese
- White Sauce (Creamy Roasted Garlic Alfredo)
- Almond Cake
- Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Lasagna Noodles
In addition to pizzas, Mama Mimi’s also has an impressive salad menu. Mama Mimi’s makes all of their dressings from scratch. Beware of the croutons on the Caesar salad, but the rest of the salads are free of gluten.
If you can’t make it in to Mama Mimi’s on Thursdays, no worries, you can bring your gluten-free crust in and they are happy to top it with the gluten-free toppings of your choice.
Mama Mimi’s is currently located in Ohio with 5 locations in Columbus and 1 in Dayton.