Looking for the best gluten free pizza restaurants in Denver? Here are a few to local places try:
Patxi’s Pizza: Patxi’s (pronounced pah-cheese) was started by friends in California who have expanded their company-owned stores to the Mile High City. The vibe is fun and neighborly. The food is magnificent. I visited Patxi’s in Cherry Hills and the staff there was ultra friendly – you could tell they loved working there. As soon as I notified my server that I had Celiac, he told me the GF pizza is better than their regular pizza and that he often orders it himself. He assured me they would cook my pizza separate and that they know how to handle cross contamination issues. I felt so at ease and excited to try this pizza!
The gluten-free pizza crust is made with rice flour, tapioca flour, water, potato flour, potato flakes, olive oil, sugar, yeast, salt, and seasonings. It’s free from most common allergens – and they even offer dairy-free and vegan cheese. The allergy crowd is someone they are definitely catering to – I’m impressed!
If I had to rank pizza places in Denver, Patxi’s would be at the top of my list. This pizza is good!! So good!! You can tell they make their own pizza dough, as it tastes like nothing I’ve tasted before. I hope you’ll give this pizza joint a fair shake soon! (BTW, they serve Chicago-style deep dish pizza too – the non-GFers will be in heaven too!)
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza: I was really happy with my visit to the Marco’s restaurant in Inverness. They made me feel at ease with a dedicated oven for gluten free pizza and a homemade pizza crust made from their own special blend of rice, corn, soy, potato flour and sugar. I give huge props to pizza restaurants when they make their own gluten free crusts vs. use Udi’s or other store bought brands. I got the 10″ Margherita Pizza with sliced tomato (see below). Marco’s uses fresh mozzarella and a flavorful sauce. Definitely worth coming back and everyone seemed to have a good time – GFers and non-GFers alike.
Beau Jo’s: If you’re in Denver and craving pizza, you must visit Beau Jo’s, home of the Mountain [Pizza] Pie. You can’t eat the Mountain Pie if you’re GF, but those who consume gluten will love it (so I hear). Upon entering Beau Jo’s, you’ll immediately feel like you’re in a Colorado treasure. For the GFers in your party, Beau Jo’s serves up a delicious Prairie Pie (thin crust) using Udi’s gluten free dough with any topping(s) you want. If you’re watching your waistline, request low-fat cheese instead of the whole milk cheese it comes with. The pizza will be cooked on parchment paper and prepared with care if you tell your server you have a GF allergy. Much of the main menu is GF too – including several appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Enjoy! See the full GF menu online.
Mellow Mushroom: I realize the Mellow Mushroom restaurant can be found in more than just Denver, but I really do love the way they cook up a gluten free pizza. The crust is gluten-free and vegan, and is made using a blend of ancient grains, including amaranth and teff flours and flax seed. When you look at a Mellow Mushroom menu, the gluten free pizza section is prominently displayed, and the company does put an emphasis on the importance of preventing cross contamination. They say, “The kitchen will wash hands, put on fresh gloves and a fresh apron, and only use Gluten-Free dedicated cooking utensils and ingredients. Everything is made to order, and prepared in a separate area. A screen pan is used during the baking process so the Gluten-Free crust never makes direct contact with the pizza stone. Mellow Mushroom has prepared this menu based on the most current ingredient information from our food suppliers and their stated absence of wheat/gluten within these items. While we take every precaution to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur, these items are being prepared in a kitchen that also processes foods containing wheat, milk, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, and seeds. Due to these circumstances, we are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens.”
I enjoyed a personal, 12″ build your own pizza the other day with cheese, spinach and tomato toppings. It was soooo good! I was really hungry when the dish arrived that by the time I remembered to take a photo for the Good For You Gluten Free blog, I only had one piece left to photograph! Oh well.
You can find Mellow Mushroom locations in Downtown Denver, Park Meadows and SouthGlen. The complete GF menu is available online too.
California Pizza Kitchen: I know, I know, CPK is a chain restaurant. Boo hiss. But seriously people, CPK has amazing GF pizza, which makes me want to go back time and time again. Just goes to show that you don’t have to be a boutique restaurant to make good pizza dough – and if you want good pizza anywhere in the U.S., you can always go to CPK as the old trusty standby. Plus, California Pizza Kitchen worked with the Gluten Intolerance Group to have its gluten-free pizzas certified – they have trained their staff and know how to keep your GF pizza safe from kitchen to table.
I personally enjoy the Margherita pizza, but you can also get the BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni and Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage gluten-free style. While no restaurant can guarantee a completely GF pizza, I do feel confident in CPK’s approach and effort to accommodate the GF world’s need for pizza! Visit the entire CPK GF menu online.
Modmarket: Modmarket is a wonderful fast-casual restaurant from Colorado that I enjoy eating at time and time again. I usually get their delicious Farmer Salad, but when I’m in the mood, I’ll get a pizza made GF style. I personally enjoy the three-cheese pizza made with three cheeses, organic red sauce, and whole grain dough, but I have heard the Margherita pizza is delightful too. The crust is thin but doughy in texture. Tell the staff you have a gluten allergy and they will change their gloves and prepare the pizza on parchment paper.
Crust ingredients from Modmarket: “Our gluten free dough is made in a certified gluten free facility and contains brown rice flour, tapioca flour, sorghum, potato starch, potato, eggs, evaporated cane juice, olive oil, salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, and guar gum. We cook gluten free dough on parchment paper in our oven which minimizes cross contamination but cannot prevent it entirely as we do use flour in our stores. Our gluten free dough is not vegan as it contains eggs.”
Most of Modmarket’s menu is naturally gluten free or can easily be made gluten free. Check out the full GF menu online.
Editor’s Note: Is there a pizza place in Denver I need to try and add to this list? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that I require a pizza place to have special procedures in place to accommodate someone with Celiac Disease, so many pizza places, no matter how delicious they are, are too risky for me to try. Please consider that when dropping me a line.