The staff was knowledgeable. They changed gloves and used separate tools. The pizza was quite good. The pizza is very thin crust.
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.
I know that there is cross-contamination possibility in large pizza-oven restaurants, but I did not get sick, so for ME that is what counts I had the Best GF pizza here - maybe my best ever, including what I make at home (have tried so many recipes! ). They flatten GF DOUGH at Blaze, instead of using a frozen crist. What a difference ! First of all, I could pick up a slice of pizza and it came free, didn't have to be sawed away from the rest of the pie. The middle/ tip of the slice was cooked! not gooey. Best of all, the crust edge actually was crisp and made a wonderful delicate "crunch" sound when I bit through it.I had forgotten that pizza crust could do that. I complimented and thanked the manager. I know they cannot guarantee a GF result, with all the wheat dough around, hence 4 stars - for others to keep in mind. But for me, it was a 5.
Blaze Pizza in Des Moines has changed their practices, and now can accommodate gluten-free dietary needs. The dough is kept on a red mat throughout the process. Their is a dedicated gluten-free marinara sauce and pizza cutter. All of the meats and cheeses are gluten free except for the meatballs. Can’t beat $11 for unlimited toppings. I love Blaze!!
Awesome gluten-free pizza. We have delegated GF utensils and cooking space for the oven. Staff is knowledgeable, change gloves, and did an overall awesome job. Blaze is a pizza place, but they do make their own gluten-free dough. There is always a chance of cross-contamination, however they use a low dust flower when they make their other crusts. So they are going out of their way to limit cross-contamination. I’ll be eating at five different locations and never had a problem. Come check out this place it’s super good
Absolutely fantastic. The staff was very knowledgeable and more than willing to change gloves and be careful with cross contamination. They cooked the gluten free pizza in a separate oven and had a different tray to cut. Great staff. Taste amazing! The best gluten free pizza I’ve had so far.
The pizza is really good, and pretty well-priced for gluten free, let alone a pizza. My only complaint is that there wasn't a whole lot of cheese on it, and the toppings were kind of spread thin. I used to work in a pizza joint, so I know from experience they could've done a lot better on that, lol.
Staff was knowledgeable about Celiacs. When we arrived we asked to speak to a manager. We were told to tell them at the counter that it was Celiacs and gluten free. Standard procedure is to change gloves, put it on a special mat for the oven, and they have dedicated utensils. But they will also ask you (or you can ask them) to take the sauces and toppings from new containers in the bottom covered cabinets rather than the regular toppings line. Highly recommend doing this! You can also watch the process the whole way to make sure they take your toppings from the right place and don't put it in contaminated areas. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I'm a sensitive celiac and I had 2 pizzas there and did not get sick at all. They take great care as long as you take the time to talk them through all of your allergy needs. Great homemade gf crust too! Can't wait to go back. Update- I’ve gone back twice more since my original visit. You need to be VERY clear with them about instructions, but if you are, the experience is great. I’ve had no issues.
I got sick every time I eat here. I have eaten at the Boca location and here and both times got sick. The risk of cross contamination is really high.. I’ve watched them be careful. But then again, it’s raw dough. It is everywhere. Be careful eating at any Blaze Location.
Not at all celiac friendly. They use the same equipment for gluten free pizzas as the regular dough. Direct quote from their website, "How gluten-free is it? If you are simply looking to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet and don’t want to give up on pizza..." and "we use the same oven and dough press for both gluten-free and standard dough, so there is a good chance of some cross-contact in our restaurants."
Great thin&crispy GF crust and fresh toppings. Esp love their fresh mozzarella. I feel secure w/Dedicated: GF dough press, GF base tomato sauces, GF baking pan, & they change gloves. I've eaten here 10+ times, never got sick. I have severe Gluten Intolerance. Though there are 2 minor risks for cross-contamination bc shared Fire Oven (if gluten floats?) and the Toppings (finger tips of gloves sometimes touch the gluten dough as spread ingredients then they reach into next ingredient container). It's so delicious, I'm glad I took the risk.
I like the thin crust. Gluten free dough kept in separate location. Dough is pressed on separate press. Workers will change their gloves if you ask and access toppings from separate area. Pizza is cooked separately and a separate gf pizza roller is used. Pizza is delicious and you choose toppings. Happy!
NOT CELIAC SAFE!! Pizza was great but what I didn’t know until after I ate the pizza was that it is cooked in the same oven and they use the same dough press for both the GF dough and regular dough.. not sure with it being a new place or not but the staff didn’t seem knowledgeable about cross contamination when I asked them about it.. I am very sick right now
Worse gluten free crust ever. Taste like paper. Terrible.
We had dinner here. 3 of us gluten free and 1of us dairy and gluten free. serious allergy. They asked me if it was a allergy or preference. when I said allergy they wrote it on our tag and I watched them prepare our pizza crust. they used dedicated tools and changed their gloves. food was fantastic. one of the best gluten free crusts I have had! also they had goat cheese and vegan cheese as a choice.This is not a sit down restaurant where you are served. you stand in line and watch them put your toppings on your pizza and wait for it to cook then go seat yourself.
Blaze may offer gluten free dough, but that is the extent they seem willing to cater to those with a true dietary need. Cross contamination of surfaces and utensils, even when informed of an allergy. Very disappointing.
I was kind of worried that the pizza would be seriously cross-contaminated, but if you tell them “gluten allergy” they will change their gloves, use a different sauce, and cook it safely away from Gluten. They are very nice and the GF crust is the best that I’ve ever tasted. They try very hard to meet other allergies (milk free cheese). Blaze Pizza is like Chipotle in how they make the pizza, you can follow your pizza thru all of the steps and choose exactly what and how much of each topping that you want on your pizza.
You have to be VERY watchful here. I’ve been able to eat here on occasion but the cross contamination risk is very high. I’ve had other pizzas accidentally half on top of my gluten free, wrong utensils used and a number of problems. I have had a similar issue with this at other locations. I would not recommend eating here.
I came during a busier time so they were annoyed at having to wash hands and change gloves, but I watched them and the pizza press was cleaned, new gloves put on, sauce came from own pot (not the same as they use on other pizzas), pizza was kept on a mat, and separate cutter was used. I’ve been here once before with no contamination issues.
The food is good. However, if your full celiac I wouldn’t recommend eating here since the female employee I had didn’t change her gloves after asking if i wanted gluten free for diet or allergy. I stressed allergy and still no glove change.
The staff was very helpful and understanding. They changed their gloves without me asking and they have the Gf crust on its own mat. They changed gloves before adding my toppings & before cutting the pizza on its own tray with a separate cutter. Delicious.
Greeter host walking the line was nice and informative. First person behind counter was not so nice in fielding my gluten free questions and acted inconvenienced. The crust was uncooked in 3/4 of the pizza, gummy, and had no taste. I would not recommend.
Would not change gloves or clean cooking surface. Had to walk away.
It’s weird because they go pretty far. They’ll change their gloves. They do their GF crusts on different pans, if you ask- they have a separate sauce they’ll use just for the GF crusts. The other ingredients though, cross contamination everywhere.
Staff was great. They asked ME if I wanted them to change gloves before making my pizza. They make their gluten free pizza dough in house. They also put a sheet under the pizza so that it doesn’t actually touch the bottom of the oven. And they place GF pizza in a different part of the oven. I have celiac and had zero issues eating here. Great place!!
This place has gluten free pizza and several gluten and dairy free topping options, including vegan cheese and buffalo sauce drizzle! You can request a glove change which will make any employee touching your pizza change their gloves before handling it. For GF/DF pizzas they also use a mat under the pizza in the shared oven to minimize contamination. Also, if you are both gluten and dairy free like myself, be sure to ask for a clean cutter from the kitchen. They have dedicated gluten free and vegan cutters at hand, but not one that covers both. That said, the pizzas are prepared on a shared counter and in a shared oven, so I would hesitate to recommend Blaze for Celiacs (hence the four stars). I have never personally had a reaction here, but mine is an allergy, not Celiacs, and I don't usually have too much of a reaction to cross-contamination.
Gluten free crust makes no difference when everything else comes into contact with gluten. Utensils, toppings, oven... cross contamination is unavoidable. I spoke with a manager about the issue who dismissed my concern and argued "but the crust IS gluten free." Obviously no education about what gluten free really means in this company.
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