66% of 6 votes say it's Celiac friendly

215 North Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34243 Directions

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Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

My pizza was mishandled/contaminated ,gloves were not changed and then said he did everything right. I have Celiacs and had eaten there before but thankfully watched before getting sick so I must say NOT CELIAC FRIENDLY. Gave it a second chance 04/18. Employee looked upset at dealing with CD. He seemed to go out of way to contaminate it. He was Happy when I canceled order. He had a horrible attitude. Might be good pizza but they don’t try to accommodate CD. They seemed to start trying but today they reaffirmed they are NOT GLUTEN FREE!!07/13/2019. Personally watched them cross contaminate. It’s their place. If that was the manager, he sure just doesn’t care

1 year ago

I am gluten sensitive and I do not have Celiac’s Disease. I order the gluten-free crust every time at several of the Blaze locations and it is the best gluten-free pizza crust I have ever tasted. Thin, crispy and delicious...as good as any pizza I have had in Italy.

Celiac
1 year ago
Not celiac friendly

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.

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  • Dairy-Free
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Plant Based
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Separate sauce, changed gloves, took care to ensure no cross contamination while making the gluten free pizza. It tasted really good, too. They cook the pizza on a separate pad so it doesn't come in contact with the same oven base or item used to take it out of the oven.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Blaze is really great here with changing gloves and separate sauce for the gluten free pizzas. Only thing I would suggest is to watch your pizza when they are cooking it/bringing it out of the oven. On one occasion a gluten pizza landed slightly on top of my pizza and I had to ask them to remake it. Manager completely apologized and gave me a free pizza coupon, but just make sure to watch for that. But I've eaten here a number of times with no symptoms and i'm pretty sensitive. They make a really good crispy crust and I love adding Zucchini to my pizza.

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

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.

Reviews of this Chain

Not celiac
4 days ago

Pretty decent GF option when you are in a hurry! Always offer to change gloves.

Celiac
1 week ago
Celiac friendly

I explained the severity of my allergy to the first person who started making my pizza and had the entire cook line change their gloves. They asked me if i needed my pizza fired away from the other pizzas and they put my pizza on a special mat to avoid cross contamination. They kept my pizza paper separate from all the others and even used a separate CLEAN pizza cutter for my pizza. Great experience!

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

They have multiple GF pizza crusts. Staff is knowledgable. They change gloves, have sauce intended for allergies. Overall they do their best.

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

Told them I had celiacs and couldn’t have gluten. Got the half pizza half salad and they gave me the gluten free crust, but then dumped croutons all over my salad. We explained again and the person behind the counter got frustrated and asked if they could just take the croutons off and give it back.

Celiac
2 weeks ago

Perhaps I encountered the wrong worker, but he seemed clueless about gluten free needs. When I told him cross contamination was an issue, he didn’t understand that sauce, cheese, and toppings needed to come from new containers. He also kept asking other workers to make my pizza and moving other customers’ pizza ahead of mine before finally doing it himself. The taste was good but customer service had much room for improvement.

Celiac
3 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

First of all it’s a bunch of kids that have no interest in allergy issues. It is also the worst pizza I have ever had. Do not go here if you have celiac

Celiac
3 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

Definitely not celiac safe. I’m not Celiac but still gluten sensitive. Honestly it was a gross pizza and didn’t make me feel good. I’d shoot for a healthier lighter option next time

Celiac
4 weeks ago

Very bad, I don’t recommend. Zero stars

Not celiac
1 month ago

Update 9/9/19: Now giving 4 stars. Since this initial review, this has become our go to place for pizza. Also, if you go on a day that Garrett is working, he will take extra good care of your order. He has a Celiac mother so he understands CC first hand. If he is able, he will handle your pizza from start to finish. ________ There was quite a bit of miscommunication amongst the staff with our three GF pizzas and one rude worker so that didn't help make our first visit there very nice. The manager ended up handling our order but it was a debacle! The pizza is very good and a good size (12"). They changed gloves for us and had a designated handler. They only offer premade salads in the cooler and they were clueless about whether the dressings were GF, even the manager. Another disappointment. We chose to get a Caesar salad and they happily changed out the dressing to balsamic vinaigrette at my request. The salad had been packaged with croutons but they were in a separate section that I removed. I was ready to sit down at that point and didn't let it bother me. Pizza is probably worth a 4 -5 stars but the service and salad situation was a deterrent for sure.

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Two gluten free crust options. Knowledgeable about prep cross contamination. Cooked where you can see it (worth keeping an eye on the oven tender: they had to remake mine one of the times I was there because it was pushed up against a gluten pizza). Separate cutters, color coded. Cooked on a rubber mat so it doesn’t touch the oven (like the gluten pies). Didn’t get sick either time! Feel very safe, especially since I can see it being cooked.

1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

If you are eating here for gf, dont even bother. Nice enough place. They took the spoons they used for the sauce that had been wiped all over regular gluten pizza to spread the sauce and used it to spread the sauce on my gf pizza....all after asking me if it was for allergy or preference and me saying allergy. Also the gf crust really isnt that good. It tastes like the gf crust at pie five. Got sick after going here.

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

This place is not celiac friendly at all!!

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Consistently made me sick after...tons of cross-contamination because toppings are shared between GF & non-GF pizzas. They do change gloves & use a separate spoon to put sauce on & something under the GF pizza when it goes in the shared oven. Do not eat here if you are celiac!

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Keto crust with dairy free cheese. Wasn’t very good and had to go to the bathroom immediately after eating.

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Employees asked all of the right questions and changed their gloves. Very accommodating and yummy GF and DF options. Will be back again when I’m in town.

Celiac
1 month ago

They spread the sauce on the gluten pizza then used the same ladle to spread it on the GF pizza. Cross- contamination here is high.

1 month ago

It seems they've recently started taking gluten free preparation more seriously as part of their training, but it still depends on who you get assembling your pizza. Make sure to insist they use a different tub of sauce and a different ladle to pour/spread it. The same goes for any ingredients that need to be added with a utensil - that utensil needs to be dedicated gluten free. Also, watch your pizza in the oven closely. Some of the employees will let you know if your pizza slid off the plate they use to prevent cross-contamination, and will offer to re-make your pizza. Some won't. You can get good gluten free pizza out of this place, you just need to be attentive and assertive. However, remember to also be polite and understanding - you're representing the rest of this community.

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

They have a gluten free crust available but they cook all pizzas in the same brick oven. Definite chance for cross contamination. If you have celiac disease I definitely would not recommend.

Celiac
1 month ago

They have 2 different gf crusts. one with cauliflower and a regular one. I don't know how safe it is in terms of cross contamination as they have to put the toppings on. But they had a silicone mat for the oven so the dough didn't touch it. I did not have a reaction.

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

They USED to have amazing gluten free fresh crust. They have since changed to gf Keto and Cauliflower crust options at double the price. This is a huge failure to the gluten free community as it's now expensive and mediocre.

1 month ago

Had to remind one of the staff to change their gloves and had to ask the women cutting not to use the same order sheet that was on the main board Full of flour as the sheet under our pizza.

Celiac
2 months ago

Good cauliflower crust. With coaching, the staff took good precautions, but there's a small risk of contamination. I had the cauliflower simple pie and did not get sick.

2 months ago

Their new cauliflower crust is amazing! I don’t suggest it if you have celiacs, but for people like me who have an autoimmune disease I can get away with a little cross contamination.

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

This is a gluten free friendly place but not Celiac friendly. There is cross contamination since they put it in the same oven as the other pizzas and I believe the dough is made in the same place with other regular dough

2 months ago

Like Blaze pizza. Liked it more with GF homemade crust instead of premade cauliflower and keto. They change gloves if allergy. A lot has changed in prep since changing dough and the pizza crust cooks faster than toppings so leave a subpar pizza. However not once have I gotten sick from here! You do have to monitor and it depends on who is working.

Not celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

They use the same press for dough as their regular pizzas. One time I had symptoms of gluten, one time I did not. Ingredients are often cross contaminated. I'd not eat here if I were celiac.

2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

CC nightmare. Inconsistent staff when it comes to GF awareness

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

I ordered a gluten free crust there and one worker changed their gloves and did my pizza. Everyone else got out of her way and made sure not to touch mine.

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

This is the second time I've gotten sick from eating here. They made major changes to the crusts and really don't understand the severity of Celiac disease. The level of cross-contaminaton has gotten worse, which is especially disappointing after the many times they provided great care with my food. I wish I didn't have to write this review.

Celiac
2 months ago

I am hyper celiac. They were very careful with my pizza. It was awesome, crust was one of the best. I had zero reaction to it

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

If you are highly sensitive to gluten I would recommend avoiding this location. When you order, you are asked if you are ordering gluten-free due to an allergy or due to lifestyle. Unfortunately, this gives the impression that if you have an allergy they can accommodate. But after alerting employees to my son’s allergy (celiac), and after watching the entire process they used for making the pizza, I had to ask for a refund. There are multiple points for potential cross contamination. First, in making the crust, they use the same press for the dough that is used for the wheat dough crust. Initially the employee used a damp paper towel to wipe off the bottom half of the press, as if a little “wipe” down would suffice. When I asked about the top half of press I received a blank stare, then the realization that there were two points of contact set in and they started wiping off the top. The second point of cross contamination is in the toppings. They did have a segregated reservoir of sauce just for GF pizzas, but I had to stop them from accidentally using the regular sauce. The rest of the toppings were used commonly across all pizzas. Ahead of us I watched an employee make a regular pizza, lightly dipping their fingertips into the sauce she had already smeared on the pizza as she spread cheese around. She then reached in to grab more cheese, visibly leaving sauce on the remaining cheese. The employee making my son’s pizza then grabbed the cheese with the sauce on it. I had to ask that they grab some different cheese to avoid the potential contamination. I could not tell how safe the other toppings might have been. The third point of potential contamination is in the pizza oven. They placed the pizza on a special mat and cooked it along with the other pizzas. But with all the turning and sliding around the base of the oven, there is a lot of room for error. Finally, when they tried to remove my son’s pizza from the oven, it partially slid off the mat, sliding along the oven surface. When I pointed it out, the employee shrugged and started to plate it for cutting. That’s when I asked for the refund. The fourth and last point of potential contamination that never got a chance to come into play, is from the cutting wheel. They do have dedicated GF wheels, but I watched as an employee set it on a contaminated surface. When I pointed it out, they said, “oh,” picked it up, and placed it back in the GF cutting bin that was off to the side. Grrrrr. I’m sure the proprietor has the best intentions offering gluten free options, but execution is poor and I advise anyone with an allergy to keep a close eye on what is going on. This lack of quality control is really a shame, because I am not GF and the standard pizza I ordered was fantastic. I ended up taking my son to another establishment, however.

Not celiac
2 months ago

They changed their dough recipe. It contains dairy now. The employee wasn’t sure it’s celiac approved now either, but it is Keto they said 🙄.

Not celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Would give this location zero stars. Extremely unsanitary, major cross contamination (usually I don't follow so strictly but this made me feel not so safe) I ended up getting sick, the ingredients weren't fresh, the GF (al of the GF crust options ) are tasteless and super expensive to add (I don't mind adding $5 if the product actually tastes good, this did not) Would not recommended or go to again.

Not celiac
2 months ago

They used to have amazing gluten free fresh crust. They have changed to keto and cauliflower crust and doubled the price. It's really mediocre now....

Not celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Staff are terrible with gluten free. I’ve had a reaction each and every time. THIS IS NOT BAD FOR BLAZE, JUST THIS LOCATION! SHERWOOD PARK LOCATION IS EXCELLENT FOR GLUTEN FREE!!!

Celiac
2 months ago

They got rid of their actual gluten free crust and now just have the cauliflower crust as their gluten free option, so disappointed!

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Fantastic experience! They had all ingredients separated in a completely isolated space for celiac. Put crust on own tray and changed gloves. So conscientious and understanding. AND IT’S DELICIOUS! Go here!!!

Celiac
3 months ago

Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Pizza was small but very good. Down point, was expensive for small amount of food

Celiac
3 months ago

I’ve been here many times and never gotten sick. But watching them prepare the pizza there is a huge chance for cross contamination. Also they got rid of their gluten free crust and switched to a cauliflower crust. It’s decent pizza, but not worth the risk for contamination in my opinion. There are better pizza places out there that are better for celiacs.

Celiac
3 months ago

Recently changed to pre-made cauliflower crust... It is powdery and tastes horrible!! They need to bring back their GF dough.

Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Admin please remove this listing. BLAZE has officially ended any and all GF serving Nationwide. They have discontinued their GF crust, and their stores will offer customers "gluten friendly" cauliflower crusts, which their corporate office has confirmed is NOT gluten free in any way shape or form, it just "has less gluten" (see their Twitter) additionally they also have discontinued allowing customers to request a glove change for other allergen cross contamination. Blaze is over.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

Great staff!! Asked for gluten free crust and they clarified it was an allergy. Cooked crust on different area, changed gloves and were very attentive. Pizza was delicious 🤩

Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Literally just left there - ordered the Gf pizza option, watched them use the same press they used for all Other pizzas, toppings were cross contaminated, cut with the same pizza cutter as all others. Needless to say, left there hungry, no pizza and ended up at Wholefoods 😑

Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Staff is rude and does not want to help when it comes to Celiac Disease. Every time we have gone into Blaze we have been met with irritation about my wife’s disease. It’s as if they feel that it is her choice to live this way. Consistently a let down and we no longer chose to dine here.

3 months ago

They use to serve a gf crust but no longer offer it. They only offer cauliflower crust. I’m not Keto so that personally is very disappointing.

Celiac
3 months ago

The staff was not knowledgeable. They almost gave me the wrong crust, thankfully one of them caught that they weren’t using the GF crust. The place was a mess , no following instructions. And they definitely got me sick. Maybe it was this location but I will not be testing another as they definitely got me sick

Celiac
3 months ago

Very good GF pizza.....the employees didn't pay much attention to what was going on and they were throwing food at each other, I'm shocked I didn't get sick....but somehow, by the grace of something ....I didn't. They were very friendly, just goofy.

Celiac
3 months ago

While they do make an effort, the staff clearly needs to be better trained in cross contamination and what gluten FREE truly means. The staff knew to change their gloves but did so after touching and writing on the paper for the pizza with prior used gloves for gluten crust. I asked them to change gloves and redo. The manager stepped in and seemed to know what to do, with no rolling of the eyes or complaint. He was good about keeping things separate, changing gloves, and washing hands. At the end of the line they have a dedicated cutter and tongs for gluten free. The two places they missed: 1. They cut the pizza next to a gluten pizza and it pushed into the edge of the gluten pizza; 2. They used the same spoon to spread the red sauce on the crust as they do for all the pizzas. If you eat here, I suggest you ask for the manager to make your pizza and request fresh sauce from the cups under the counter in their fridge. The manager seems to know what he is doing but the rest of the staff doesn't, which means this is likely not safe if you have celiac.

Not celiac
3 months ago

Went to Blaze last week. I made my own pizza, the server did change her gloves and I didn’t get sick. Thought the toppings were sparse, but it was good and I’d go back.

3 months ago

Pizza is good but the restaurant was dirty. We went for lunch about 11:15. Update to review 6/19 - place much cleaner this time and still good pizza!!

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