My favorite pizza in the Chicago area! Super thin, but perfectly so.
This place is relatively cheap (they do add $3 for gluten free) and quick. They also attempt to avoid cross contamination. But the gluten free crust is paper thin and virtually tasteless. I am usually hungry a few hours later. If you're in the area and desperate, go for it. Otherwise, I would say avoid it.
Great pizza, staff is very friendly and they do try to avoid cross contamination by using separate sauce and utensils.
They have gluten-free pizza crust for an extra $3. Pretty good. But I can't quite tell how good they are about cross-contamination. Looks like the pizza is made on all the same equipment as the gluten crust.
Blaze Pizza in Sarasota has quickly become one of our favorites. The pizza is really good and not only do they provide GF crust but also offer many toppings to choose from that are also GF. They offer vegan and non-dairy cheese which is a must for me. The staff is very acccomodating and this is almost a weekly stop for us that fits in our budget.
I've eaten here a few times with no adverse effects. They change gloves and put the pizza in the oven on its own paper (?) so it doesn't cross-contaminate. The crust tastes slightly like mashed potatoes, but if you load it up with ingredients, it's a tasty pizza.
We are celiacs and this place is set up to accommodate (they have non contaminated sauce and clean pizza slicer etc) but major issues with staff knowledge. I have been there 4 times and 3 of the times I had to direct them as to where the sauce is and had to stop them from using the glutinous pizza slicer. Today they took the trouble to go through the steps but used the same spoon from the glutinous tomato sauce and dunked it into the non contaminated sauce, thereby contaminating it. I've been to other blazes that are better (ie you separate utensils etc.) You can probably eat here but poorly trained staff so go before it's super busy so you can manage them. My daughter got sick with cross-contamination this evening (spoon issue I suspect).
I am a very sensitive celiac patient, thus very afraid of eating out. As I entered Blaze on Friday afternoon, the staff immediately welcoming and friendly. I told the employee that it was very important for me to get a gluten free pizza, and he immediately changed his gloves and took care of the gf pie for me. Blaze provides an online allergen guide and most of the ingredients they use are naturally gluten free. The ingredients, which are mostly very natural and of superior quality, are all dealt with separately, and from my standpoint there is minimal risk of cross contamination. I ate my whole pie in one seating and had no reaction whatsoever. The restaurant is clean and has a very nice atmosphere. I am so glad to have found a place where I can get a fresh gluten free meal for under $10!
Unimpressed with the food and the service. Want GF pizza? Go to Evo. I met friends here, who informed me that they serve gluten-free pizza. I got in line and asked the guy handling the dough if the GF dough was prepared on a separate surface. He said yes, and I got excited. When I got to the server taking orders, my hopes were dashed. I asked the server about gluten in the sauces and toppings, and she had no idea. I asked her if there was any way to find out. She said no, and suggested that I eat elsewhere. My friends found the manager, who did know the allergen info, so I was eventually able to order a pizza. While I appreciate that the server didn't lie about her lack of knowledge, they need to train their employees better. Also, the information on the website (which I looked at later) was different from what I was told in-store. PIZZA, Red Vine: limp GF crust, no flavor. Chunks of mozzarella cheese were over cooked as compared to the other toppings. SALAD, goat cheese and beets: limp arugula, only two slices of beets, smooshed into a plastic clam shell, not enough dressing for the salad. (Note: review also on Yelp)
Even though cross contamination cannot be completely eliminated in this type of environment, they used precautions to limit exposure as much as possible. They changed gloves several time and they even put the pizza on a special protective sheet. Employees were extremely helpful and friendly.
The Gluten-free crust here is hands-down the best I've ever had for gf pizza. If you order it, they will ask if its an allergy or preference and ask if you want them to change their gloves. They ask automatically as opposed to my experience with Pieology. Blaze has a separate gf dough press so you don't have to worry about dough cross contamination. Not all of the toppings are gf though so if you have a reaction, you can kind of rule things out (the sausage isn't gf). Ask if you aren't sure and they will let you know. Gf crusts everywhere else are pre-made and tastes like cardboard.
They are a wonderful small business, and the flavor was great, but my pizza was burnt on the top, and had VERY soft/soggy crust. It was also disappointing that their white sauce wasn't GF, which is really easy to make. I'll try them one more time and give a higher rating if warranted, but so far nothing beats BJ'S GF pizza.
I fled this place after watching the assembly line of servers putting pizzas together and shuffling them all down a line. Ingredients are all out in the open, so contamination seemed unavoidable. After watching pizzas tossed into oven one after the other, felt unsafe with my restrictions and bailed.
Went here recently for the first time and the pizza was terrible. Crust was so incredibly thin and even though it was cooked (twice actually) it still tastes doughy and uncooked. Felt sick after eating a piece. Would rather have dominos! They did offer to change gloves though, that was nice of them.
i love blaze. I'm allergic to gluten and dairy abd they are so accommodating. the gluten free is crispy and thin and the choice of toppings is so great that i don't even miss the cheese! they do have vegan cheese available if you like vegan cheese. My favorite pizza place.
they go through quite a bit off effort to make GF for allergy purposes. however the kitchen and oven are shared. they put the allergy GF pizza on a isolation silicone tray. Tasted fantastic however still had a reaction probably from the flour dust flying around
This is the best and fastest GF pizza ever. I eat here at least once a week. You get to pick toppings like your at a salad bar and the pizza is done in 5 mins.
Not dedicated oven, but use a separate pan for GF dough, and as if you want them to change gloves when making pizzas. Delicious individual pizzas made fast (inside of 5 minutes). Perfect spot for downtown lunch choice. Key for me was no after effects so this place passed the test.
The pizza was good. It's like a Chipotle, but with pizza toppings. They did a glove change and used the sauce from the other end of the bar. The pizza is on paper, so when it goes in the oven, it's not sitting where other flour crusts have been. When they remove it, they use a different pizza cutter to cut the pizza. All in all, they took good safeguard. It's a pizza place though, and no separate prep area it oven, so not celiac safe. I thought it was flavorful and would go back.
I have Celiac and was terrified to eat at a pizza place. They assured me they have a different dough press and area in the oven, and knew what toppings I couldn't have. I've successfully eaten there 3 times and felt great! My new favorite place :)
If you ask, the will put on the cheese from the back room to avoid cc
Celiacs BEWARE- their "gluten free" crust is NOT gluten free. It's made on the same press, on the same surfaces, and in the same ovens as all the other pizzas. There's nothing to separate the GF pizzas from the wheat pizzas. They fully disclose this on their menus, but they are very irresponsible in calling their product "gluten free". Celiacs can not eat here.
Unimpressed. The crust was soggy and it was really awkward waiting for them to actually get the crust. Celiacs beware! They bake the pizza right where they bake everything else.
I went there a couple months ago. I had to talk quite a bit to them to get the "double" allergy prep approach (not using the additional items from the bins, but getting containers from below for pepperoni, etc), and still a little of the edge of the crust touched things it shouldn't have. I would have liked it if they wiped all the counters beforehand, and THEN gotten the containers from below for my additions. ...at least they had clean gloves... Nonetheless I avoid both gluten and dairy, I tolerated the pizza very well. I bet if you went first thing when they opened, and got the pizza a bit undercooked to warm up that evening, it would be much more GF.
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