If you're in midtown Manhattan, in New York City, there are plenty of places to grab a slice, as we New Yorkers say. However, if you're a celiac who wants pizza in midtown, there's only one place to even bother mentioning, and that's Mozzarelli's.
I've invited friends and family here--gluten-free and not--and everyone loved everything. Sounds like an exaggeration, I know, but fortunately for those who must have gluten-free food, it is not.
As you enter, there is a gargantuan wall of cookies. Odd, for a pizza place? Maybe, but when you're a celiac, your first reaction is disbelief and wonder at the fact that you are going to be this well cared for! Does a wall of 65 different cookies, all dairy and gluten free sound varied enough? Just in case you're overwhelmed by such a glorious selection, try some varieties from the sample trolley before you make your final choice. And order at least one of the chilled desserts on the opposite wall: cheesecakes, a red velvet roll, just to name two.
But first, to the main dishes. I expected gluten free pizza, of course, but I didn't expect to have to mull over an entire row of them!
For those who are gluten free but not vegetarian, there's pepperoni, and there's sausage. For those gluten free vegetarians such as myself there's fresh mozzarella with tomato sauce, and there's basil, mozzarella, tomato sauce, as well as mushroom spinach with mozzarella and sauce, or chopped broccoli, tomato, sauce and cheese. Some days: red onion and green pepper. Other days: ricotta, cheddar and mozzarella. And who knows what gluten-free inventions appeared on the days I wasn't there?
My favorites so far are the chopped vegetable
and the spinach,mushroom, tomato, mozzarella
The more I visit Mozzarelli's the more I realize it's the crust that keeps me coming back. Crunchy, nutty. Not gluey, as others have been, too sweet and cakey as I've had elsewhere. It's reportedly a mix of bean flours with rice and potato flours, but to me the taste is more whole-wheaty than beany.
The Mozzarelli brothers are knowledgeable about cross-contamination issues, and despite the fact that non-gluten-free items are served in the same restaurant (there's pasta, as well as pizza, but the pastas aren't gluten free), I've never had a problem any of the times I've been there. In fact, I love being able to invite both gluten-eating and non-gluten-eating friends and family to the same place. And with the large Mozzarelli menu, it's a sure thing everyone will be satisfied!
Once again, don't forget dessert!
Above: carrot cake, and chocolate-dipped creme-filled chocolate sandwiches.
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