Gluten Free at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

42 ratings

Pizza, Deep Dish Pizza

Not celiac

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Amazing GF deep dish pizza! I got the Chicago special and all I can say is wow. My fiancé said my gf crust tasted the same as his regular crust! And the salad oh my goodness, it was to die for. Get the Malnati’s salad! 10 out of 10 and service was great!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Celiac

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I tried the thin crust first a few months ago. That was a miss. Very thin, like a cracker. I abandoned my very favorite pizza place with a tear in my eye. And the rest of my gluten-loving family was extremely sad because they knew this meant the end for them too.

But two weeks ago we discovered they had a true deep dish option. Not that “sausage patty as a crust” nonsense. And I tentatively ordered it. The heavens opened from above and shone down upon me. THIS! THIS IS IT! It’s not exactly the same as their famous deep dish, but it’s pretty close.

Is it expensive? Yes. Does it only come in small? Yes. Would I order it again! Yes yes and yes. I’ve had it twice now and haven’t gotten sick.

So yes, Virginia, there is a Lou Malnati’s GF option. And now I truly believe.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Not celiac

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Tried the gluten free deep dish. Was not as good as I had hoped. The flavor was a little bland. Texture was good. I didn’t get sick though. So, that was great! I think it’s definitely worth trying if you used to be a Lou Malnatti’s fan. Best gf pizza in Evanston though is Union Squared!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

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

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
Celiac

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Not celiac safe. Pizza tasted so good; however, immediately after I knew I had been gluten’d. They said that it was allergen friendly but definitely was not (even had the manager check off and included it on the receipt). Would not eat the pizza here again

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

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

— Good

Celiac

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Ordered crustless deep dish for delivery. Requested allergy alert which was noted on receipt. Pizza came wrapped in foil which showed that it had been baked that way for protection from pan that could have been used for pizzas w crust. Was very hot still - make sure to order uncut

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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Food is pretty good. Crust is very crunchy and the pizza tastes good. The overall size is small though.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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I tested with my Nima, and gluten found! It smelled good, but into the garbage it went.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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Not sure why others reviewed this so high, I guess I should have tried the meat crust pizza. The gluten free crust was awful, I'm surprised I didn't break a tooth trying to eat it. Limited pizza toppings didn't help either. Worst pizza I've had, almost wish it made me sick to purge it from my body.

Celiac

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We have ordered a few times pizza from this place and it’s a hit and miss with the gluten. We test them all the time with Nima and sometimes we get lucky and sometimes we don’t. At a point that we have to have the oven ready in case the pizza is not GF. They either have a really bad cross contamination problem or the “sterile environment” needs to be audited.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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Best gluten free pizza! Crunchy crust, tastes like deep dish when you get extra sauce. They're very careful with allergies. Ask for pizza to be uncut. We never get sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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They make the GF pizzas in the same prep area, in the same oven as all the other regular pizzas. They don't seem to be at all good with cross contamination.

I have gotten sick every time I've gone here over the last 2 years. My family loves the place and won't give it up, so I bore with it on occasion but I'm never eating here again - they simply don't have the right cross-contamination procedures in place and show no sign of ever getting better.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Average

Celiac

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Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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They have a gluten free pizza - crust is sausage. Good but way too much meat. Unaware of separate kitchen area - so 4 stars as it’s not celiac friendly to avoid cross contamination.

Celiac

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Delicious! I asked the server to talk to the chef and manager and ensure that the meal was treated as an extreme wheat allergy, the food tasted great and I didn’t get sick. As far as the food goes, there was a perfect sauce to crust ratio, crust was harder/crunchier than expected but it didn’t take away from the delicious flavour. I would return.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Gf pizza is decent. They take precautions too which is good

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I ordered from here last night and had it delivered to Hubbard Place. This pizza was delicious, it was still hot when I got it, it was good the next day, and didn’t make me sick

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Love their deep dish sausage crust and their Malnati’s salad!

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable and assured me that precautions would be taken to prevent cross-contamination. I had pepperoni and it was the best GF pizza I’ve had! Ranch is GF too. They were very busy but managed to keep my meal safe!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I’ve been able to order the crustless pizza twice without any issues!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I’ve eaten here twice recently and both times had a great experience (the fact that I went back says a lot). As far as GF pizza goes, I think it’s delicious!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Great service. Shared kitchen space. Gluten free pizza crust is a little yeasty, so next time I’ll go with the crustless pizza. Delicious, fresh toppings! Much better then Giordano’s!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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This chain was recommended to us, but we were highly disappointed. We did not like the gf pizza at all—taste or texture—and we felt ill afterward. (Even the non-gf deep dish was not as good as other local spots according to those who could have it.)

Celiac friendly?

No

Not celiac

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The offer gluten-free pizza but I do not believe it is certified or made in it’s own oven.

Celiac

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NOT CELIAC SAFE. They tried and changed gloves and said they used all fresh toppings. However got sick from the pizza 🍕 should not be on FMGF

Celiac friendly?

No

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Great staff and so friendly and accommodating however the 1 star remains for getting glutened. Celiac truly do not eat here. We went with friends who wanted to go but it’s really not safe. Took the gamble and unfortunately we lost we time. It’s so sad because our waiter was awesome and so kind. Although to be compared it was a gf cardboard pizza. Worst I’ve ever had which makes getting sick even that much worse.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Barraccos in evergreen Park's pizza kicks the poo out of any of these pizzas. Trust me.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Only really one option that is gf. Thin crust pizza is ok, but eat it all it doesn’t reheat well.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I originally gave this 5 stars because the food was delicious....then my son started vomiting (his response to gluten). If you are celiac, stay away!

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Ask for the crustless meaty pizza and you won’t be disappointed. The house salad was incredible (names after the restaurant)

Celiac

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The waitresses was very knowledgeable about gluten free and she took that into consideration when the pizza was being made. Did not get sick! I would call ahead to see how long the wait is, if there is one, place tends to get crowded!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Great gf pizza! If you are ordering in make sure to specify that you want your pizza uncut - otherwise they may use a pizza cutter that was used on gluten pizza.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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GF pizza is cooked in same oven as regular pizzas, so cross-contamination is highly possible. However, the GF sausage-crust pizza is made in a separate deep dish pan so cross-contam. is unlikely in their ovens. We’ve had this many times with no issues. Sausage crust is not on the menu so you have to ask for it. Tell them you have the “allergy” and they will be careful.

Celiac

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Gluten free pizza options but opted for chicken breast, spinach and mushrooms. Delicious!! Staff was excellent.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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The past two times I had their “gf” pizza I felt sick...

Celiac

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Staff were knowledgeable but pizza base was hard as rock. Toppings were yummy but I was disappointed by the hard, flavourless base. I had read great GF reviews and was left underwhelmed.

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My daughter got sick eating a gf pizza from here

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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This location does a great job with GF pizza & we also love their spinach salad with pears & goat cheese.

Not celiac

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Ordered my wife the GF pizza, she said it was the best GF pizza she's ever had. The crust looked handmade and tolled, not something straight out of a plastic bag/freezer. Very impressed!

Celiac

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Gluten free crust was pretty eh. Serviceable,not fantastic

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Not celiac

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Super flakey buttery crust! Delicious!

Not celiac

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love their gluten free pizza with a medium house salad!

Celiac

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Great gluten free pizza crusts and several other options. The staff is familiar with gluten free and they take precautions when cooking pizzas to avoid cross contact. I’ve never gotten sick eating here.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I ordered a gluten-free pizza for lunch but forgot to ask for no croutons on my salad. The server had the presence of mind to bring me a salad with no croutons on it. impressed.

Celiac

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The menu says right on that the gluten free crust is made in a sterile environment but it's finished in a unsafe environment. So I asked and she explained that the crust is from a gluten free bakery and then they cook it in the same oven as the gluten pizza. The gf crust is cooked on a pan though so it seemed ok. So far haven't gotten sick and usually I know within minutes if I got glutened so it's an ok from me!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Yes they do have gluten free pizza, but I don't understand why so many people are so excited about it. The crust tasted like a butter cracker, not appealing to me in a pizza crust. The Chicago-style pepperoni topping was nothing special. The only alternative to this was a crust made of Italian sausage, which was greasy and just plain nauseating. The best part of the meal was the bone-in chicken wing appetizers. Not worth the hour and a half wait to get in.

Celiac

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Gluten-free pizza came back POSITIVE for gluten via Nima sensor. Not recommended for Celiacs.

Not celiac

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I've tried the GF pizza at this and other Lou Maintains locations and find the pizza crust to be very "doughy," difficult to eat (and cut into) and digest. The Malnati's salad is very good - I get it without the cheese and have not had any issues.

Celiac

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Crustless = sausage crust. Made me sick! Even disregarding the reaction, I ended up only eating the inside of the pizza because it's just too much sausage. Gluten eating friends thought their pizza was just ok.

Celiac

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Crust less was fantastic. They even served the pizza uncut to avoid cross contamination from cutter! Absolutely no reaction! I will be back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Gluten Free Features
  • Deep Dish Pizza
  • Pizza
Gluten free deep dish Chicago special.. amazing!
Gluten free Chicago deep dish! Amazing!
Amazing GF Pizza!!
Stupid good wings!!! I would literally come back just for the baked GF Wings!!
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Gluten Free Veggie Pizza with garlic and spinach.
Menu where you order and pay in advance of sitting down in this very popular place
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Naperville, IL