Review: Donato’s Gluten-Free Take & Bake Pizza
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Jul 5 2013

Review: Donato’s Gluten-Free Take & Bake Pizza

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pizza perfection!

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.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • Elizabeth Rave

    Which Kroger’s offer this option in C-bus? I was unfamiliar with this possibility! I also thought that Donato’s was on the celiac’s no-buy list, due to their gross negligence in terms of cross contamination.

  • Elizabeth Rave

    Which Kroger’s offer this option in C-bus? I was unfamiliar with this possibility! I also thought that Donato’s was on the celiac’s no-buy list, due to their gross negligence in terms of cross contamination.