Columbus is a great city to live in. In addition to all of these reasons, Columbus has a plethora of gluten-free options – grocery shopping or dining out. I don’t think I fully appreciated all that Columbus has to offer until visiting other cities and having trouble finding my staples.
Donato’s Pizza has been a Columbus fixture since 1963 when Jim Grote opened his first pizzeria on the South side of Columbus with only $1,300. Earlier this year Donato’s debuted the very popular Gluten-Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizzas. The pizzas can be purchased in many Kroger stores and select health food stores in the Columbus area. It was only a few months later when select Donato’s Pizza locations began to carry the gluten-free pizzas.
Donato’s Pizza locations offer a couple of different gluten-free pizza options:
- Take & Bake – Prepared and sealed in a certified gluten-free facility.
- Create your own – Your choice of toppings or signature pizza combinations on an Udi’s Gluten-Free crust.
I didn’t realize there was a difference in the pizzas sold at the Donato’s Pizza locations other than the size of the crust until yesterday. I stopped by Donato’s to pick up a couple of Gluten-Free Take & Bake pizzas for a quick dinner. My Kroger location frequently sells out of the Sonoma Flatbreads, so I figured it would be easier to just stop at Donato’s. The first difference I noticed was the price. The pizzas are $13+ each at Donato’s compared to $8.99 each at Kroger. While the circumference of the pizza is the same, the box is different and there were a lot more toppings.
In traditional Donato’s fashon…”Edge to Edge” toppings. Another bonus to picking up the pizzas at Donato’s is the Cheese Pizza option. The Gluten-Free Sonoma Flatbread does offer a Three Cheese Pizza, but I have yet to find it on the shelves of Kroger.
Both Jon and I agreed that the pizza crust tastes the same, but the toppings take this pizza to a whole new level. This is the Donato’s Pizza I remember! Any feelings of the pizza being too expensive quickly went out the window once we sat down and had a slice.
I still plan on continuing to buy the Gluten-Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizzas offered in the grocery store, but it is nice to have this new option at Donato’s Pizza for special occasions.
Well done, Donato’s, well done.