Based on CBS Philly's previous list of the top creative pizza spots, it's not secret Philadelphia knows how to do good pizza. But if you can't eat gluten, finding a great slice can be a tough task. Whether the dough is sourced from outside companies and bakeries or made in house with special gluten-free recipes, the following Philly spots prove that everyone can find a pizza to enjoy in the City of Brotherly Love.
Giorgio On Pine
1328 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
This rustic BYOB on Washington Square offers fine Italian dining in a casual atmosphere. With a menu specializing in gluten-free options, you'll find appetizers such as sautéed calamari and baby shrimp, entrees including veal Melanzane and stuffed chicken breast as well as plenty of pasta options. Pizza is made with dough from Still Riding, a company dedicated to 100-percent gluten-free products that taste like the real deal. There are half a dozen varieties of pizza available, with two favorites being the arugula and prosciutto pizza and the sweet sausage and pepper pizza.
1180 S. 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Located just a block from the Italian Market, Slice offers Neapolitan-style pizza made the classic way. Thin dough is topped with high-quality mozzarella cheese, housemade tomato sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Or try something a little more creative, such as clams casino or truffled ribeye. All pies are baked to crisp perfection atop hot stones. The small 12-inch pies are available with gluten-free crust for an additional $2.50. Also, Slice is one of the few places with gluten-free pizzas that delivers, so you can enjoy a pie in the comfort of your own home.
Stella Rossa Ristorante
929 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Stella Rossa is a vibrant Italian spot that's great for a night with friends, lunch or dinner with the family or even a drink and late-night snack. The menu features all of the traditional favorites – cheese and meat boards, salads, pasta, pizza and entrees like chicken parmesan. But it goes beyond the norm with an entirely separate gluten-free menu of meats, cheeses, pasta dishes, entrees and pizza. There are 10 gluten-free pizzas available, ranging from the standard margherita to more creative options like the Fru Fru (grilled chicken, pesto, mozzarella and roasted peppers) and Procidonna (eggplant, zucchini, pepperoni and tomato sauce).
The Tomato Bistro
102 Rector St.
Manayunk, PA 19127
Located above The Couch Tomato Café, The Tomato Bistro offers an expanded version of the café menu along with alcohol and a more formal dining experience. For a restaurant that is well known for its pizza and sliders, the Tomato Bistro is surprisingly gluten-free friendly. From slider buns to salad dressings to dessert, there are plenty of gluten-free options, and everything is clearly marked on the menu. In case you were wondering what's in that gluten-free pizza dough, it was developed by the pastry chef in 2011 by combining tapioca flour, rice flour and a few "secret" ingredients. Fig pesto with bacon and onion and the prosciutto pizza with provolone and roasted peppers are just two of the favorites here offered at $13.50 each.
Zavino Wine Bar Pizzeria
112 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
This Midtown Village hot spot offers seasonal small plates, homemade pasta dishes, an abundance of wine and Neapolitan pizzas. The pizza is made in an oven set at 850 degrees to guarantee a crunchy crust with a nice chew and perfectly melted cheese. With the exception of the Polpettini and Kennett, all of the pizzas are available gluten-free, made with dough sourced daily from Taffet's Bakery in the Italian Market. Favorites include the Joey (mozzarella and provolone cheese, pork sausage, tomato, spinach, chili flakes and garlic) for $15 and the Stache (pesto, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, arugula and lemon vinaigrette) for $16. Visit when the weather's nice and score a seat outside or by the floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy your meal with a bit of people watching on the side.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women's fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn't pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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