Pizza Hut’s New Gluten Free Pizza

Hum… not too sure how I feel about this. But Pizza Hut just partnered with Udi’s and been certified by the GIG to now offering two “certified gluten free pizzas” – one cheese and one pepperoni and cheese. (All other toppings are not certified – so if you’re Celiac, they’re off the table. Or… off the pizza. :) ) Here’s what Pizza Hut says:

“The Udi’s® Certified Gluten-Free crust is stored in a separate container, on a separate shelf in our fridge. The cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni are stored in a gluten-free designated kit, and every gluten-free pizza is freshly baked on designated parchment paper in our ovens.
In addition to these storage techniques, team members who make your gluten-free pizza wear gloves and even use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter to cut your pizza to perfection.”


pizza2 RetouchedSo they’ve hit all my favorite buzz words “Certified”… “GIG” … “separate”… “designated.” But wait – that’s designated, not DEDICATED. I still have my (serious) reservations about this. It just seems too scary to contemplate going into a place where flour is flying around for regular pizza crusts. Wait. Maybe they don’t make the crust from scratch so it won’t be flour… I’ll have to look into this. But also, I don’t know about your local Pizza Hut, but the one that I grew up going to was staffed by an ever-revolving crew of young adults. And they don’t say anything about the GIG training the Pizza Hut staff, just that they “wear gloves.” Well… that doesn’t mean anything. What if they wear gloves, make a regular pizza and then a GF pizza? Contamination. Simply “wearing gloves” has nothing to do with gluten-free safety. Changing gloves… ensuring fresh gloves are used… those would instill more confidence. And the statement “they even use a dedicated pizza cutter” is nice, but where are they cutting it? On a dedicated cutting board? And the pizzas are “freshly baked on designated parchment paper in our ovens” – which means regular pizzas will be right next to it? Hum….

I just think this would be too risky for me. I pay with 5 weeks of pain for a speck of gluten. I just can’t see myself gambling my next MONTH+ of wellbeing into the hands of an angsty teen with authority issues. I know… I know… this is an extreme version of the probably reality. And maybe if I went and spoke to someone at the actual restaurant, I’d feel differently. Perhaps I should try that… go speak to our local manager and feel them out. Because our local Chipotle is a SCARY and unsafe place for Celiacs but our local Red Robin ROCKS and we’ve never been sick. So… maybe this needs further investigation.

Pizza Hut has a spreadsheet of all the locations that offer the Gluten Free pizzas here. They offer it at a restaurant about 20 minutes from our house… But until I look into it more, I don’t think we’ll try it? But that’s just me.

What do you think? Will you try Pizza Hut’s new Gluten-Free Pizza?

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