Typically, at home, we make our own pizzas, that way we can choose our own toppings, and I can be sure what we are eating is 100% gluten-free. But, this weekend was my daughter’s birthday and she really wanted to go out for pizza, and with how busy I have been, I figured it would be less stress on me, and nice to get out and not have to cook and clean. The one pizza place I knew of that carries gluten-free pizza, in Atlanta, was closed Sunday, so I asked for some suggestions, and a friend mentioned Uncle Maddio’s in the Toco Hills area of Atlanta.
As usual, I called them beforehand just to confirm they have gluten-free pizza and if they make their own crust or they bring it in from an outside vendor (they bring it in from an outside vendor), and their procedure about making gluten-free pizzas. I felt pretty comfortable with their responses, so we decided to try it out.
Uncle Maddio’s is located in a shopping center, but was very cheerful once we walked in the door, and had a nice area to dine outside. Since it was my first visit, I had to take in the very large menu before ordering. At Uncle Maddio’s, you order at the counter, and like many burrito places (Uncle Maddio’s was actually created by the founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill), they get your crust, and you go down the line telling the server what you would like on your pizza. There are many signature pizza combinations you can choose from, or you can go solo and create your own unique concoction. All of the ingredients looked extremely fresh, and there were a lot of topping choices – over 20! Their pizza sauce is made from scratch, and they use local vegetables and organic spinach and greens. They also use hormone-free, free-range chicken, and all natural Angus rib eye steak. Along with pizzas they also offer large, fresh salads. Panini are on the menu as well, but not an option for those of us who eat gluten-free.
They were extremely helpful in answering any gluten-free questions I had, and told me before doing gluten-free pizzas they always change their gloves, and get the gluten-free crust out of a separate area. They also said if I wanted they would get the ingredients out of separate bins – so if I didn’t want them getting cheese out of the same container as they got cheese for a previous gluten-filled pizza, that was no problem, and they would get it out of a new container. Just be sure to ask them to do this, as they will not do it automatically, if this is what you want.
The gluten-free crust only comes in the 9″ individual size, so we each ordered our own pizzas. My daughter ordered simple, and had a pepperoni and cheese pizza. My husband choose tofu, portobello mushroom, broccoli and jalapeño; and I had spinach, artichoke hearts, green olives and bacon. They looked fabulous..and tasted even better! I was with other family members who ordered pizza on the regular gluten-filled crust, and I have to admit….the gluten-free one looked better! It was thin and crispy and tasted great!
The food (and the price) was great, and we will definitely be coming back for pizza night this Friday! I have a feeling we will becoming regulars. This is a great place for children, and offers a kids pizza deal with a 6″ pizza with one topping and a drink. It seems to be a popular place, so plan accordingly, the line was growing at 5:30 on a Sunday when we were there.
Uncle Maddio’s is located at 3027 North Druid Hills Rd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. There are also two other locations in the Atlanta area, as well as one in Louisville, KY, with more locations opening soon.