Yes we know, they’re incredibly bad for us, incredibly expensive and incredibly fattening… but sometimes only a takeaway pizza will do. Hangovers eh? What can you do.
So, after demolishing two bottles of wine on Friday night we found ourselves waking up around lunchtime feeling like our skulls had been sawn on half, then stamped on repeatedly. After tanning all the painkillers and drinking copious amounts of coffee the pizza hunger struck, we needed dominos.
Thank god Domino’s Pizza now does gluten free crusts, that’s all we’re saying. If they didn’t it this story could’ve ended very badly indeed. We hopped on their website, did a bit of clicking and bingo: the doorbell rang, a pizza was given to us, we had a reason to live again!
The gluten free crust is only available in size small, but that’s probably a good thing – let’s be honest. We’re pleased to report it costs no more than the ordinary small crust too, although it is slightly smaller at 8.5 inches rather than 9.
When it arrived it was just as gloriously greasy as we remember, with a ludicrous amount of toppings. We went half and half – one side meaty, the other with olives and anchovies. And it was good.
The base was crispy and didn’t taste like cardboard boxes (yay!) – we’ve also heard you can buy the bases direct from Domino’s and make your own pizza if you are worried about cross-contamination in store.
Pretty much all of Domino’s toppings are gluten free, except the following three:
- Cumberland sausage
- Ground beef
- Pork meatballs
– everything else is gluten free.
The serious bit:
The base has been accredited by Coeliac UK, the leading national charity dedicated to improving life for people with coeliac disease. Domino’s Pizza is the first major pizza delivery company to launch a Coeliac UK accredited gluten-free pizza.
Dominos staff have been fully trained on the gluten free crusts, to make sure that they understand the controls around handling gluten-free pizzas and ingredients. Dominos has a range of controls in place, which have been thoroughly tested to ensure our gluten-free product will be suitable for coeliacs:
- The gluten-free bases are made in dedicated central production facilities.
- Every gluten-free base is stored in a sealed pouch before use. Before opening the base, the team member must wash their hands.
- The gluten-free base is easy to differentiate from our classic crust as it is a slightly different size.
- Different size screens are used to cook gluten-free pizzas.
- Makeline teams have been trained on the correct handling of the product and which toppings contain gluten.
- Toppings which contain gluten are clearly marked on the website and are highlighted on printed menus.
- One team member will take ownership of each gluten-free pizza from start to end of the makeline.
- Fresh sauce and a clean spoodle will be used for all gluten-free pizzas.
- The gluten-free pizza will not be sliced.
- Dominos does not use separate toppings for gluten free pizzas. Only three toppings contain gluten and the risk of cross contamination from these toppings is eliminated by the controls in place. This has been validated by testing.
- Within each store, a manager or appointed person will conduct a hot rack check to confirm pizza is on the correct base, correctly topped and boxed before it is sent for delivery.
- Team members will place a sticker on the box indicating it is gluten-free.
- The corn flour we use for stretching most of our pizzas is gluten-free. Dominos does not handle wheat flour in any stores.
- Dominos does not use separate ovens for GF pizzas – thorough testing has concluded that it does not present a risk.
Have you tried a Domino’s pizzas or do you still think it’s too risky? Leave us a comment!