So much cross-contamination you might as well not even bother with the gluten free crust. Against my better judgement I decided to risk it and I’ve been sick for 2 days so far.
They do have gluten free crusts. They did not change gloves, used the same utensils for gluten laden pizzas, same sauce for all pizzas, no separate oven space. I did not eat my pizza.
Most of the staff here aren’t friendly or helpful and finding someone who is trained about gluten free and cross contamination isn’t easy. If you do go here, you have to watch and then talk them through it, making sure they don’t use the same utensils, etc and then be prepared for attitude if you have to correct them. It’s just not worth it. * Not all Pie Fives are like this, just this one seems extra bad.
Excellent food and very accommodating for gluten free patrons! Gluten free crust, employees changed gloves without me having to ask, reserve a section of their oven for gluten free pizzas and take many steps to decrease chances of cross contamination.
They are so Awesome! They let us bring our own dairy free cheese to use and they even take the pizza to the back to use the fresh ingredients that haven't been gluten or dairy contaminated. They change gloves and use clean cutters for the pizzas. They honestly take even precaution against cross contamination that I could imagine. I can't rave enough about the delicious pizza and the amazing customer service. This is our new favorite restaurant for gluten and dairy sensitive.
They always take great care in preparing my celiac son's food. They always change gloves without having to be reminded and put his pizza in a box to keep it separate. Great place with great pizza!
The pizza tastes fine. The toppings are set in an assembly line (like Chipotle or Subway), so there is risk for cross contamination. There are prepackaged GF crusts. Beware the standard marinara sauce. While they use a clean spatula to spread sauce on GF pizzas, the back of the dipping spoon is used to spread the sauce in standard pies. A safer option is olive oil and garlic. Be cautious and ask questions, but worth a try.
Great place and they have gluten free as well as dairy free options. And it tastes wonderful!
I would not consider this place friendly or celiac friendly. You can have sauce and cheese. That’s it. She said the only other topping that was offered gluten free was Italian meatballs. I don’t know how vegetables ended up with gluten all in them but what can you do? I had to ask for my cup, my salad, and if the ranch was gluten free twice. The worker really didn’t know what she was looking for so the other employee went back to check and she said ranch and Italian were gluten free and then the other girl says she said the ranch wasn’t gluten free. I said no she didn’t I heard her. Then I made the lady repeat herself. I then had to ask for my Cesar salad again. She hands me a Cesar salad with ranch on it. I said since when did I ask for ranch on my Cesar. My daughter is the one who needed the ranch and you handed her ranch. She said you asked for ranch I said no I didn’t. I ended up just saying forget it about any dressing on my Cesar at this point and sat down before I sounded rude. On a positive note the employee that was helpful just didn’t smile at all changed gloves and used a new spatula to spread out her sauce with. I’ll take all the precautions I can get but a smile and friendliness is always great too!
The staff is careful if you express to them that you cannot have cross contamination. I watched them prepare the pizza, and requested topping from the back up containers down below. My little one and I both have celiac and have not experienced a reaction. Not the worlds best pizza, but quick and good. *Make sure you watch them prepare it and ask for toppings and sauce from below!
As as soon as I ordered a gluten free crust, the server immediately changed gloves and grabbed a different tray for my crust. He ensured the toppings were gluten free as well. When it came out of the oven they used a specialty tray and different cutter dedicated to gluten free. I really liked the crust and will for sure be back!
I’ve read great reviews for other locations of this chain but I can’t recommend the airport location. The staff used the same utensils (ladle for sauce, pizza cutter) for my GF pizza and my husband’s non-GF one. Next time we’re at BWI we’ll go back to Silver Diner instead.
I have Celiac Disease and I've never gotten sick here. I am very sensitive to gluten and have always watched what they do. I usually ask them to wipe off counters and they use different utensils to cut and place my pizza on. The GM is very knowledgeable. No place is going to be gluten safe unless the whole restaurant is gluten free. You always take a risk! Just he your own advocate!
Asked for ingredients to be put in separate on my gf pizza from the back due to watching them cross contaminate ingredients. Manager came from the back & advised if you have an “allergy” this is not the place to eat. Even the back is cross contaminated
Though they change spoons for the pizza sauce when you order gluten-free, the sauce is already contaminated from the many times they used it to spread sauce on all the other pizza crusts. However, upon my request, they pull out fresh tubs of sauce, cheese, and the other toppings. As another reviewer mentioned, the pizza pans do have holes in them and they do not wipe the counters like I have seen Chipotle do. But I am not sensitive and I already feel like I am holding up the line and making them jump through hoops, so I don’t request them to wipe down the counters first. Pizza tastes awesome and I love getting gluten-free pizza and racking up rewards points at the same time using their app.
They change their gloves (but I’ve been there multiple times and sometimes they don’t, so ask) and have clean pans to put the pizza on through the oven. The process is not entirely free of contamination, but I've never had problems and I'm Celiac. The price is decent too! You can get as many toppings as you want.
Great protocols...changed gloves, separate pans, cutters and sauce. We could see everything in the process and were impressed.
Delicious gluten free crust, plus they very carefully keep the crust separated from contamination, cooking it on a separate grill plate. The lady here was very celiac friendly. She said a cook of theirs has celiac, so they are very careful here. Had the crab, tomato and cheese pizza and it was great!
The Staff was helpful and took precaution to keep my Pizza safe. I enjoyed the Cauliflower Crust and it was FANTASTIC - gf and I’d def recommend it. I have Celiac Disease and didn’t experience any issues.
Staff was nice but not knowledgeable. I walked them through every part of making the pizza and watched them very closely to make sure the pizzas didn’t touch. No employees touched the pizza without fresh gloves. I also asked that they do fresh sauce and spoon as well as the toppings! My daughter is very sensitive.
The guy working is gluten free as well so he was very very helpful. He cleaned the surface off, changed his gloves, got a new cutting board and pizza cutter! Everything is gluten free for sauces and toppings. I got the cauliflower crust- Alfredo pesto chicken pizza! It was amazing! Will come back
The staff was fast and friendly and conscious of the Celiac Allergy.
They have 2 options for gluten free- regular gluten free crust and a cauliflower crust. I am also dairy free and they have a vegan cheese!!!!! The staff went above and beyond. They pulled out a pizza crust box with the ingredient list for me to look at. They got a fresh cutting board for my pizza. Super service.
Called to confirm other reviews about Celiac friendliness. The person I spoke with didn’t know the difference between gluten free and gluten safe, gluten allergy, cross-contamination, etc. Likely others in the restaurant are knowledgeable, but it seems not everyone is trained, so we are skipping Pie Five for now and will use caution if we try to talk to someone different later.
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