If there’s one snack that’s universally craved among the hungover, the tipsy and just plain hungry, it’s definitely pizza! But, until recently, this finger licking snack has been off the menu for the gluten free gluttons of Austin. That is until the gluten free craze hit the city like a cheesy hurricane. Now, celiac sufferers and gluten free foodies can find a decent bet for pizza on just about any side of town. But where to find the perfect specialty gluten free pizza when roaming the streets of Austin with a rumbling tummy? Whether you’re late-night snacking in south Austin or out exploring the city for a delicious pizza that won’t leave you feeling bloated, these beloved pizza joints in Austin have achieved the impossible with their superior gluten free pizzas.
From a modest but booming food trailer behind Craft Pride to one of Austin’s most popular multi-site pizza joints, Detroit transplants Brandon and Zane are masters of their craft. With a full bar, craft beers and a unique menu filled with Italian entrees and original pizzas, Via 313 made a name for themselves with their one-of-a-kind Detroit style deep dish pizzas. These unique square-shaped pizzas come in all sorts of flavor combos like Ol’ Smokey with Black’s BBQ brisket, and are lauded as some of the best pizzas in the city! You can have your pick of Detroit style deep dish, thin crust or gluten free. What makes these gluten free crusts so special? For starters, they’re made fresh daily from locally-sourced gluten free flour, then they come out of the oven thick but not dense and covered in a thin layer of crispy baked cheese! That’s right…this gluten free crust has its own cheese crust…and it’s oh so tasty. And for those who can’t have dairy, Via was thoughtful enough to include a dairy-free cheese option, so everyone can partake in the pizza party! You can grab a cocktail or a craft beer then pick one of Via’s specialty pizzas like The Rocket with hot soppresatta, arugula and shaved parmesan, The 500 with natural casing pepperoni, jalapeños and pineapple slices or the ever-popular Omnivore with mushroom, green pepper, onion, pepperoni and sausage. There’s something for every pizza lover on this packed menu.
Southside Flying Pizza
For dreamy Neapolitan-style hand-tossed pizzas, make your way to renowned Austin pizza chain, Southside Flying Pizza. With four locations around Austin, this successful fast casual pizzeria has everything you need for a family-friendly night out or a delicious movie night in. Each pizza is made from scratch with artisanal quality ingredients, and that includes Southside’s gluten free pies. Made fresh daily with a special blend of tapioca flour, rice, milk solids and egg solids, these gluten free pizzas are tasty enough to convince even the most die-hard gluten fan. Try Southside’s specialty pizza of the month or nosh on a classic like the Southsider with chopped pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, bell peppers and onions, The Zygmont with goat cheese and veggies or the Buffalo Chicken pizza with buffalo sauce, chicken breast, red onion and jalapeño. Whatever artisanal pie you pick, Southside Flying Pizza is confident that you’ll be back for more!
Combining America’s obsession with hot pizza and cold beer, Pinthouse Pizza is a unique pizza concept in Austin with an in-house brewery. These beer connoisseurs specialize in dishing out freshly made craft pizzas that go perfectly with their staggering collection of craft drafts, lagers, ales, IPA’s and everything in between. They even re-purpose their spent grain as peacock food for Texas Peafowl Farm. But the fancy hand tossed pizzas and fresh, flavorful salads are the real star of this restaurant. Made from scratch daily, each dish is comprised of locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and bursting with fresh flavors and tastes. The gluten free pizzas, in particular, are made with Smart Flour, a locally crafted dough that is crisp yet soft and deliciously devoid of heavy glutens. Try one of Pinthouse’s classic pies like the Pepperoni and Basil or The Green Belt with mushrooms, Kalamata olives, garlic, green peppers, poblano peppers, red onions, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and ricotta cheese. Or get creative and try one of their specialties like the Banh Mi with crème fraîche, house cheese blend, local sausage, jalapeños, pickled onions, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and Sriracha and the Honey Pear with extra virgin olive oil, house cheese blend, sliced pear, caramelized onions, blue cheese, prosciutto, basil and local honey. Then wash it all down with a naturally sweetened Main Root soda or craft beer. The dizzying selection of artisanal pizzas plus the rotating “Off the Map” pies will make Pinthouse Pizza a weekly routine for your pizza and beer fix.
East Side Pies
An east Austin classic that has grown to three locations around the city, East Side Pies is a farm-to-table style pizza concept dedicated to supporting the community and its local farmers. Their delicious scratch made pizzas are loaded with local love and local ingredients from farms like Boggy Creek Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden and Springdale Farm. So eating one of these handmade pies is not only a one-of-a-kind treat for your tastebuds, but it also supports the local farm community! Create your own specialty pie or feast on one of East Side Pie’s specialties like the Buscemi with Italian sausage, roasted onion and red bell peppers, jalapeños and cilantro or the Chimi Hendrix with chimichurri sauce, jerk chicken, roasted bell peppers and gorgonzola. You can order most of their specialty pies with gluten free crust, which is made from King Arthur Flour and loaded with drool worthy toppings that make celiac sufferers forget about gluten. They also have a great selection of meatless pizzas that are packed with lots of vegetarian goodies like the Girther with fresh spinach, sun dried tomatoes, avocado and gorgonzola and the Nacho Veggie with black bean sauce, jalapeños, red onions, cherry tomatoes and avocado. What better way to go gluten free than with a delicious artisanal pizza made from local Texas farmers?
Craigo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
A wholesome, family-owned concept in south Austin, Craigo’s Italian Pizzeria puts a little bit of homegrown flavor into every authentic Italian dish. From their cheesy handmade stromboli’s to their handcrafted pizzas, pastas and other Italian treats, Craigo’s has something for the whole family. And one of the best parts, other than that “where everybody knows you’re name” feeling you get when you walk in, is that not only do they serve a small selection of gluten free pasta dishes, they also serve an exceptional gluten free crust option for most of their pies. Unlike a traditional thin crust pizza, these gluten free crusts resemble an Italian flatbread, both light and soft. You can create your own gluten free pizza and pile it with fresh toppings or pick one of Craigo’s specialty pies like the FM1826 with BBQ brisket, the Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, fresh onions, jalapeños and fresh cut cilantro, Meat Lovers with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage and ground beef or The Greek with olive oil, spinach, mozzarella, black olives, garlic and feta cheese. Even the gluten pizza fans won’t be able to resist this perfectly crafted crust.
If you find yourself on sixth street after hours with a hankering for some seriously good pizza, make your way to Spartan Pizza. Nestled at the corner of 6th street at Corazon, Spartan is a late-night haven for the hungry explorers of downtown Austin. Open until midnight, this artisanal eatery is not your average pizza joint. They cater to the sophisticated snackers of sixth street who are craving more than your average pie. Each craft pizza is named after a Greek god or mythological character and is made with an inventive combination of ingredients such as blue cheese, whole roasted garlic cloves, herbed ricotta and aged parmesan. Order any of their specialty pizzas with a 10″ gluten free crust or with vegan cheese, like the Agamemnon with cilantro pesto, chicken breast tossed with salt lick bbq sauce, red onion and jalapeno, the Medusa with roasted garlic spread, caramelized onion, crispy bacon, blue cheese and red pepper flakes or the Hercules with marinara, pepperoni, sausage, green bell pepper, white onion and green olive.
*It’s important to note that, while Spartan Pizza has a strict system for processing and baking their gluten free crusts, it is not a gluten free kitchen. There is some risk of cross-contamination with gluten free pizza orders.
Known for their endless combination of fresh pizza toppings and specialty pies, 360 Pizza is a great pick for any pizza lover. From antipastis and calzones to massive subs and fresh sandwiches, this Italian-style fast casual eatery has a little something for every mood. If you’re the build-your-own type, then you’ll love 360’s impressive selection of vegetables, meats, and extra special toppings like Italian truffle oil, white anchovies, rosmarina ham, goat cheese and Italian Calabrian-red. And there’s no limit to how far you can go with your cheesy creations – as long as you don’t mind paying per topping. Or you can let the pizza experts do the work and order a 360 Special which includes the Blanca 360with extra virgin olive oil, roasted garlic, ricotta, aged provolone, mozzarella, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts and truffle oiled arugula, the Been to the Greenbelt with broccoli, roasted red pepper, green olives, artichoke hearts, onions, mushrooms and roasted garlic or the No Pity Joe Pesciwith pepperoni, meatballs, sopressata, rosmarina ham, roasted garlic and fresh onions. Although there are no substitutions allowed on any of 360’s specialty pizzas, you can still order one of these masterful creations on a 12″ gluten free crust and fall in love with each pie.
Set up at Austin’s most popular haunts, like Rainey, 34th street and Rock Rose, Salvation Pizza dishes out a mixture of authentic Italian-style plates like Aranchini, Meatballs Marinara, and Caprese salads as well as elevated American cuisine such as Truffled Mac n Cheese, Pulled Pork Sliders and Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo. But for the pizza seekers of Austin, Salvation offers their traditional Italian/American take on this popular snack. Create your own hand-crafted pizza and top it with hamburger, shrimp, eggplant, asparagus, capers and more. Or see what genius ingredient combos Salvation Pizza picks as their “Top Ten”, including the White Clampizza with whole baby clams, bacon and lemon, The Hawaiian with pineapple and Canadian bacon and the White Shrimp with red onion, capers and lemon. They’ve got vegetarian options, tasty pizzas without marinara and an off-menu gluten free pizza option that you won’t find online. But if you visit one of their stores you can create your own gluten free pizza, or build it on one of the Top Ten pies for the perfect hand-crafted gluten free find.