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I love pizza, but if you’re gluten-free like me, you know that eating pizza outside of your home is a dangerous sport. It’s like playing Russian Roulette with your health.
While many restaurants offer certified gluten-free pizza (select Pizza Huts and all California Pizza Kitchen restaurants), very few, and I do mean very few, prepare their gluten-free pizzas in a manner safe for someone on a strict gluten-free diet to consume.
Most pizza restaurants place their gluten-free pizza crust on the same surfaces as the wheat crust. Most use the same toppings, putting their glutenly little hands in the same toppings used to make the gluten-free pizza.
On top of that, many restaurants cook their gluten-free pizzas on the same surfaces as their regular pizza, and then cut the gluten-free pizza with the same pizza cutters used to cut the wheat pizzas.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for your gluten-free pizza to get coated in wheat flour and make you sick to your stomach.
I very rarely eat pizza outside of the home. Doing so has made me sick before. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. No thanks to painful bloating and embarressing gas and diarrhea – gulp!
Instead, I prefer to either make my own pizza (I make an amazing doughy gluten-free pizza crust!) or I buy it frozen at the grocery store.
I searched Safeway, King Soopers, Sprouts, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Natural Grocer’s, Whole Foods and Lucky’s Market to find 10 14 frozen gluten-free pizzas to try. I purchased, tested and ate them all (with the help of my family, of course).
10 14 Gluten-Free Frozen Pizzas #NimaTested
Below I share 10 14 gluten-free frozen pizzas, all which I tested with my Nima Sensor.
The Nima Sensor is a portable gluten detecting device. Scroll down to read more about it and how you can get one at a discount. If you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity – you’ll want a Nima Sensor of your own!
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I have four favorite frozen pizzas and am including them first. These four pizzas are the MOST delicious in taste, have the best visual appeal, and they truly cook up nicely. It was hard to choose the “best” to be honest as they all tasted great and brought different things to the table.
The first of the best tasting frozen gluten-free pizza is (1) Freschetta. This pizza is certified gluten-free by the National Celiac Association, so I had a feeling Nima would not detect gluten (it didn’t).
I love the overall taste of this pizza. The sauce is savory and has a wonderful pizza flavor. The crust is thin but still generous. On top of it all, this pizza offered a generous portion of cheese.
I baked it according to the instructions on the box and it baked up perfectly in the oven. No complaints here!
The next pizza on my “best” list is (2) Etalia. This pizza tastes the most like pizza you remember eating before you went gluten-free.
The crust is fresh-rising, which means as the pizza bakes, it begins to leaven (rise), making it soft and chewy (other frozen gluten-free pizzas do not have leavening agents, like yeast, to create this same effect).
Etalia is honestly one of the best – truly! The dough comes raw dough with beautiful toppings from the start. Just look at how beautiful this artisanal pizza looks before it’s even cooked!
And here is what it looks like after it cooks. It looks like it baked in a legit wood-fired oven! Oh man, that crust is extraordinary!
And of course, it passed the Nima Sensor test with flying colors.
The next best of the best gluten-free frozen pizza is by (3) Sabatasso’s. This pizza offers a generous portion of cheese and bakes up well in the oven. It tastes like I remember frozen pizza tasting without any weird textures or after tastes.
On top of it all, I got it for a steal at Costco – three pizzas come in one pack for about $20. The price can’t be beat and that is why it’s truly one of the best of the best.
Finally, the best of the best list includes another well-priced frozen gluten-free pizza that will likely shock you that it made the list. It’s the gluten-free frozen pizza by (4) Kroger. Yep, I’m talking about the generic Kroger brand.
After I first published this article, several people told me I had to try this pizza. I went to King Soopers (my local Kroger grocery store) and found the extra thin crust gluten-free pizza. I tried it and loved it.
The pizza baked up nicely, had a tasty sauce and generous amount of cheese – can’t beat that! And it, too, passed the Nima Sensor test.
The next list of gluten-free frozen pizzas are not “officially” ranked, but I did try to put them in an order of tasty to least tasty, although some were imperfect decisions and I really couldn’t decide.
The first one is this gluten-free frozen pizza by (5) Cappello’s. It’s grain-free, making it even more surprising that it tasted so good.
It’s certified gluten-free and made with a blend of almond flour, arrowroot flour and cassava flour, giving the crust a wonderful, chewy texture.
This pizza probably had the most impressive ingredient list – clean ingredients and no grains – brilliant! Even my kids liked the taste of this one – a lot!
Next is (6) Sonomas Flatbreads, as this company serves up a truly tasty and generously-sized certified gluten-free four cheese pizza.
This pizza has a ton of cheese and a pretty good crust, making it a contender as a top pick! #nimatestednimapproved
For a long time, (7) Against the Grain was the only frozen pizza I would buy. I like the crust, a lot, however, it’s unlike any pizza crust I’ve ever had. The crust is a buttery and flakey texture vs. doughy like traditional pizza crust.
It’s hard to explain, so you’ll just have to try it to understand what I’m saying. That said, this is a great pizza and is definitely in the running as a personal favorite. Nima approves of it too.
(8) DiGiorno’s gluten-free frozen pizza was only “fare” in my opinion. The crust is ultra thin, and I personally wanted something more substantial from my frozen pizza.
It has an overall delicious and savory pizza taste, I just wish it had a thicker crust. The Nima Sensor is all smiles, which means this pizza is definitely safe and gluten-free!
I was surprised at how much I like (9) Udi’s certified gluten-free frozen pizza as I’ve struggled with liking Udi’s bread products in the past.
This is truly a good pizza with a crispy crust, plenty of cheese topping, and a flavorful sauce. On top of it all, it’s been Nima tested and Nima approved!
The thin and crispy cauliflower crust pizza by (10) Milton’s is tasty, but I’m not loving cauliflower crust these days.
Out of all the cauliflower crusts I taste tested, this one is the best. The pizza is soft and generously topped with cheese. Nima is all smiles too.
(11) Smart Flour Foods makes this certified gluten-free garden margherita pizza. The cheeses are good and I love the tomato and basil toppings.
My kids didn’t love the crust, and I have to admit, it was only fare in my opinion too. Nima approves of this pizza and is all smiles!
(12) Caulipower makes a gluten-free crust made from cauliflower. This certified gluten-free pizza is fair. My family didn’t love it and it doesn’t look so pretty when baked (it looked kinda sad).
I tested it with my Nima Sensor and it’s definitely gluten-free, though.
My family (nor did I) like the (13) Trader Joe’s gluten-free cheese pizza made with a cauliflower crust. The crust fell flat and wasn’t all that tasty; the cheese was sparse too.
Overall, the pizza looked sad and lacked appeal. When all was said and done, this pizza at least passed the Nima Sensor test so it’s safe for you to eat.
Finally, and last for a reason, was the following pizza by (14) Realgood Pizza Co. I have to admit, I didn’t read the box carefully when I bought it.
I am always looking for frozen pizzas to buy to add to this list. So when I saw this pizza, I snatched it up because I could clearly see it’s “gluten-free” and “grain-free” on the front of the box.
I’m so mad I didn’t give this pizza a deeper look before shoving it in my mouth. It’s fowl, literally, because the crust is made from chicken and parmesan cheese.
Once I figured out that I was eating a crust made of chicken, my stomach began to turn. I just didn’t feel like ground up chicken bits belonged in a pizza crust.
Maybe it appeals to you – but not me. Regardless, the pizza passed the Nima Sensor test.
About the Nima Sensor
The Nima Sensor is a portable gluten detecting device. You put a small portion of the food you’d like to test inside the test capsule, then put the capsule inside the Nima Sensor. Within 1-2 minutes, the Nima Sensor will either display a smiley face (no gluten found) or a wheat sign (gluten found).
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that all gluten-free labeled frozen pizzas passed the Nima Sensor test.
I’ve heard Internet rumors that frozen pizza was exposed to cross contamination during the manufacturing process, but I’ve determined that it is not the case at all (and that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet).
Now, when I’m craving pizza, I know just where I can find a safe pizza to eat. While it would be nice to enjoy pizza at a restaurant, the pain and suffering that might come with it just isn’t worth it.
So, for now, I’m skipping restaurant pizza and enjoying these safe gluten-free frozen pizzas from the comfort of my own home.
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Have you tried any of these 14 gluten-free frozen pizzas? Have a favorite to share? Please leave me a comment.
Also, if you’ve found other frozen gluten-free pizzas that you think I should try, please let me know.
I’m happy to test them with my Nima Sensor, as well as taste-test them too. I love pizza – so you don’t have to ask me twice!