Violette Gluten Free Bakery

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dedicated gluten-free badge Reported to be dedicated gluten-free
Reported GF menu options: Bagels, Bread/Buns, Cookies, Dessert, Donuts
1786 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Celiac

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Ordered a birthday cake from here for my partner and it was pretty good and held up well over multiple days in the fridge. Some of the other pastries have been hit or miss in terms of taste, but you can’t beat a dedicated gluten free bakery that is conveniently located!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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A bit over priced. The owner is incredibly unpleasant to deal with and this unfortunately seems to have been passed down to her employees. I asked for ingredients on an item to check for food allergies and the owner started yelling at me that she won’t tell me the ingredients. This was over a year ago. Recently I returned and the gentleman at the register seemed angry that I was ordering items to buy. When there was literally no one in line. Most of the baked goods are decent in my opinion. Generally not over sweet but sometimes dry. The cakes for example are very dry and not so tasty but the cupcakes are great and nice and moist and soft. Pumpkin pie was delicious. But really the whole “attitude “ of my last few visits will probably prevent me from going back. I’ll go to twist instead

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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I don’t get the reviews on here that say the food is bland. As with every other bakery, there are hits and misses, but nearly everything is absolutely delicious. Donuts, pop tarts, and even fritters some Saturdays! A bit overpriced, but totally worth it for the safety and quality. One of the only places in the country where you’ll find gluten free versions of some of the items they make.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers delivery
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Reported to be dedicated gluten-free and celiac friendly. However, since menus and staff can change, please verify before visiting!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bagels
  • Bread/Buns
  • Cookies
  • Dessert
  • Donuts
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Online Ordering
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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pumpkin scone and chocolate eclair
So gross and left us with an upset stomach
small pie, gf “pop tarts”, muffin, and cupcakes (carrot cake and chocolate peanut butter)
Gluten-Free at Violette Gluten Free Bakery
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Celiac

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I’m lucky to live nearby this gluten free, allergy sensitive gem. Sign up for their emails so you can see the specials they offer every well! I’ve had so many wonderful things here. I’m a huge fan of their English muffins, the best I’ve ever had! Their brioche donuts are absolutely delicious, light and airy like I remember donuts tasting. They occasionally offer pop tart like pastries and other delights. They also have par-baked pizzas that change with the season, breads, and pot pies and quiche besides the usual bakery yummies.

Treat yourself and check them out!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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I love the variety of cupcakes, pies, and donuts that this bakery has!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Good for Birthday Cakes. The carrot cake is very good.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Ordered eclair and a cupcake. Eclair was bland, muffin tasted like olive oil.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 5 months ago read full review

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While it’s always exciting to find a gluten free bakery, I’m not giving them 5 stars just because of the poor quality/taste. I’m all for supporting GF bakeries but most of what I tried was dry and disappointing . However, they clearly label other allergies and maybe they have some really tasty things I didn’t try!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 6 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Mediocre customer service; person answering the phone needs a psychiatrist urgently.

Ordered a cake for a birthday celebration at work. Order was placed one week in advance with a request to decorate the cake with "Happy birthday, (person's name)!". Minutes after placing the order, I realized that someone else at work was celebrating their birthday in the same week, so I emailed the bakery requesting to amend the cake's decoration with the other person's name.

Six days went by and no reply to my email, not even an acknowledgement that it was received. No one contacted me to schedule a delivery time either. In the afternoon of the day before the delivery date, I called the bakery 5 times and no one picked up. I had given up. Then, a crazy woman calls me back saying that "people under 40 do not take phone calls" and that I should have sent a message to the bakery instead - to which I replied by saying that I emailed 6 days ago. Then, she said that she did not receive my email and started searching her inbox. After a few seconds, she found my email (surprise!) and said she did not reply because there was no question mark! Then, suddenly (possibly after realizing she was not behaving appropriately), she started to apologize and said "the order will be ready tomorrow".

The cake was scheduled to be delivered "before 1 pm" in the next day. Until 11:30 am no one had contacted me and I could not find a number to text in the bakery's website. I could not risk getting murdered over the phone by calling the bakery's phone number again. So I decided to go there and pick it up. I arrived at the bakery at 12 pm and the cake was not even boxed. The employee who talked to me was able to box the cake and I said it was okay to not reimburse me for the delivery charge - after all, it was me who decided to pick it up.

The cake's taste was below average - definitely not worth getting yelled over the phone by a rude and unprofessional person.

If, after reading this very long review, you are still unsure whether you should spend your time and money at this bakery, I would highly recommend that you check their replies to their other 1- and 2-star customer reviews on Google and Facebook - perhaps even their reply to this review. One of those customers getting treated poorly could be you. Stay away from this business and let it disappear as it should!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This is rated very highly but the products taste chalky and are without flavor. I would not recommend at alll. I took a drive there based on the reviews and was so disappointed because I was looking to order a cake for my baby shower.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Entirely GF, rotating menu of weekend specials that you can/should pre-order (e.g., bagels, doughnuts, pop tarts, etc)

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The sourdough bread was the best gluten free bread I had. The Boston creme pie was also really good.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Very safely GF for celiac. Safe protocols for Covid. Expensive but most treats were good.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Mariposa Baking in CA, but this place was just gross. Items are sad and crumbly, dough was way oversalted and had an unpleasant flavor, neither me or my husband finished our pizza. My son liked the frosting on the cupcake, but left the most of the cake part.

Truly gluten free, I didn’t get sick, so I guess that’s something.

Super disappointing- much better to just get a frozen baked food at Whole Foods or something like that.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Fully gluten free (but oats in basically everything which is super annoying for those of us celiacs who can’t do oats...) but generally poor service and quality of food leaves MUCH to be desired. The only reason it gets so much business is because it’s the only gf bakery nearby. On the plus side, I don’t crave baked goods anymore because I’ve had so many disappointing ones from here that I’m completely put off...

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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This bakery is very conveniently located. I just wish the products were better. I've tried numerous products here and they are either too sweet or too dry or both. Nine times out of ten I'm disappointed, so I go episodically, when I'm desperate.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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It’s nice seeing a dedicated gf bakery, however the food was very average and super dry. Also is incredibly expensive. We bought 4 things and it came out to be $37.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Completely gluten free here! They even have take and bake items in their grab and go freezer.

Great for gluten free and vegan customers. For those w/ more obscure allergies such as chocolate or seeds should be extra cautious and ask about your options. Also a little bit pricey (even amongst gluten free things) and pushy for tips (I went on multiple visits and friends went on multiple separate visits and found this the case as well).

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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100% celiac safe. Great options for dairy free and vegan as well. Would recommend the cupcakes, sourdough loaf, rosemary pita crackers, macarons and donuts!

I like the frozen foods as well like the chicken pot pies, but they can be a bit pricey for the amount of food so I don’t get those too often.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Overall good but not necessarily worth the price.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Great! Expensive: It cost $26 for a small frozen pizza and 2 cupcakes. But I really loved everything I had. The pizza crust was flavorful with excellent texture; the closest to regular pizza crust I think I’ve tried so far. There was jjst enough cheese and the sauce with fresh grape tomatoes was wonderful. I tried the vanilla and caramel cupcake, which was just okay, and a dairy free cardamom and rose, which was AMAZING. I am looking forward to going back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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First time I've been able to eat a florentine in 12 years. I literally can't put a price on that. Even ricotta pie! I mean, come on! Eventually I'll try the ice cream sandwiches.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Dedicated gluten free facility and the chocolate cake with lavender blueberry icing was delicious!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Was thrilled to find this place - a dedicated GF bakery!! It’s my go-to spot for GF challah, which is out of this world, probably the best I’ve had, and I’ve tried quite a few! I love that every time I go in, they have something fun and new, usually seasonal (the pumpkin muffins were delish!).

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Loved this place! Had a fantastic blueberry scone and spent 10 minutes just looking at all the pastries. It’s worth the train ride out of the city

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac safe! Entirely gluten free bakery. Definitely recommend the brie gluten free pastry and the cobbler! Lemon bars were very crumbly but good. Didn't try any of the cookies, but they looked good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Celiac

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Violette has some of the best gluten free baked goods I've had anywhere. Violette actually has some of the best baked goods I've had back when I ate gluten. My gluten-eating husband would choose the chocolate chip cookies over most others. They're great, but my personal obsession is the brioche. Also the peanut butter cookies with chocolate. Also the apple fritters. And the bagels. And the sourdough or oat breads. Seriously, just go to Violette.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Challah is outstanding. Cupcakes are great.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Had a variety of cupcakes and cookies from here. First of all - no cross contamination and I feel confident to eat from there again. But also the quality is fantastic, their cream to cake ratios are spot on, and the choice is brilliant for every taste.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Gluten free facility and tasty food.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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100% gluten free bakery and most options are dairy free too! I’ve been going weekly for the past few months. The best I’ve found in Boston!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Cupcakes and cake were delicious. Dedicated gluten free bakery.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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A 100% gluten-free bakery located conveniently in Porter Square - I love it! Cupcakes are always interesting flavors, and the cookies are great too!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Not the best gf bakery I've ever been to, but definitely the best option in Boston/Cambridge. I went early on a Saturday afternoon and it was busy! It's a small space (no seating) and they seem to run out of food quickly, so I would recommend ordering ahead on their website. Personally, I think their pastries are better than their savory food.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I’ve tried the majority of their baked goods, and some of them are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend the cakeron, flourless chocolate cake, the lemon squares, angel food cake, the APPLE FRITTER (!!!!), and bars (billionaire bars, turtle bars). The cupcakes are also good, but the frosting isn’t my favorite. Celiac safe and a tasty (if a bit pricey) treat!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Entire place is gluten free. Most is dairy free. Some is vegan. Cookies are very good. Soups are delicious. They have bread, which I have never tried.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Celiac

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The berry scone was delicious, very soft, moist, and cakey. The mixed berry bar was also great as was the peach cupcake. Vanilla/yellow cake is usually not good gf but they nailed it! Wasn’t the biggest fan of the lemon berry shaker pie but it was still alright. Prices are as expected. Wanted to try an empanada but I had a 6 hour drive so sadly couldn’t.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Nice to have a dedicated GF place in the area, no doubt. No chances of getting sick here which is huge. However, I'm not really a fan of their baked goods, and they're overpriced. The only thing I've liked is the empanadas. However, other Celiac family members love it. So it's certainly worth a try!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My favorite gf bakery in the area for sure! They serve savory items which is not always common in gf bakeries! Their brioche is amazing and cupcakes are delicious! They have several vegan items as well! Some of their items contain oats so, if you are sensitive to them- check with the staff and they will inform you! Always friendly and great service!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This bakery is absolutely amazing. DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE FACILITY! (Yay!!!!) Hands down the best GF baked goods I've ever had - by FAR my favorite GF place. Everything is so delicious and I've never gotten sick from eating anything here. They make the best GF bread I've ever had, quiches, ham and cheese pastries, several different pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, etc. It's just like a normal bakery (everything is yummy) but it's a completely dedicated facility. I cannot say enough good things about this place. So good that I'm almost positive that the one review here that isn't five stars has to be a mistake. I have very high GF standards, and I've never gotten anything here I didn't love.

The owner is very sweet and explained she started the bakery because she was tired of mediocre GF foods when it's completely possible to make delicious stuff. My non-GF relatives raved about how good everything was. I have a hard time sharing whenever I get anything from here.

If you're trying to decide between going here and literally anywhere else for breakfast, lunch, or anything in between, come here. You definitely won't regret it.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Everything is safe. But for the price I would expect better tasting food and service. The owner can be pretty off putting. You’re better off with a homemade gluten free cake from a box.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I was so excited to see a dedicated GF bakery near me, but I found the customer service and baked goods to only be so-so. If you're desperate for a baked good, it's been safe to eat here for me.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Quiche, crumble top pie, and banana bread were all wonderful breakfast treats for me and my non-GF family when I visited from out of town. Check out the online menu and order ahead by email. Bagels and bread aren't ready until 10:30A.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Scrumptious and absolutely gluten free!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I wanted to support a dedicated GF shop, but I honestly didn’t like any of the 5 things I got. It wasn’t spit-it-out bad, but it wasn’t take-another-bite good, if that makes sense. $24 down the drain :((

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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So many choices that are dairy free! The ice cream sandwiches were to die for. Pizza was very good and we bought lots of sweets and so far they’re all very good. Highly recommend!

We went back a second time on our trip for more pizza, a calzone and a bag full of cookies and other goodies. Everything we ate tasted amazing! You won’t be disappointed.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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