Big news from Domino’s Pizza today – they are announcing plans for gluten-free pizza! Many people who follow the gluten-free diet have been waiting for this day – a day they can pick up the phone and order gluten-free pizza just like they used to do before starting the gluten-free diet.
According to this article from USA Today, the crust will be certified gluten-free, but, and there always seems to be that ‘but’, “the pizza is still prepared in ovens with pizzas that aren’t gluten-free, so folks who are extra-sensitive need to be aware.”. The pizzas will cost $3.00 more than the traditional pizzas from Domino’s.
The fact that the gluten-free pizzas will be cooked in the same oven as the regular pizzas is certainly cause for concern. However, the risk for cross-contamination depends on the practices and training put in place by Domino’s and how it is executed by the employees at each location. I would love to learn more about the procedure – will there be separate pans and dedicated places for baking in the oven? If so, then using the same oven may not be a huge concern, as I cook both gluten-free and non-gluten-free items together in my oven. Another concern is the procedure for sauces and toppings. Will there be dedicated sauces and toppings or will there be another California Pizza Kitchen debacle like we saw last summer? I would love to pick up the phone and order a gluten-free pizza for convenience, but at what cost?
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Updating with a video link I just learned about from Gluten Free Philly. This is a video specifically about the gluten-free pizza at Domino’s.
Another update: FAQ straight from the Domino’s website.