Before you order a gluten-free pizza at Pizza Hut, read this article. I want to help you understand why Pizza Hut’s gluten-free pizza is no longer safe for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance as of May 2019. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
If you’ve been a part of the gluten-free community for a while, you know that from 2015-2018, Pizza Hut offered certified gluten-free pizza options suitable for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
The company even partnered with the Gluten Intolerance Group Gluten-Free Food Service Program to ensure its pizzas were prepared in a way that minimized the risk of cross-contamination.
During its “certified gluten free” years, Pizza Hut employees were instructed to use clean gloves, use pre-assembled ingredient kits, bake the pizzas on parchment paper, cut the certified gluten-free pizzas with a designated gluten-free pizza cutter, and serve them in an Udi’s-branded pizza box.
The gluten-free community applauded this move, as Pizza Hut’s rival, Domino’s, had launched a gluten-free pizza option several years prior; however, Domino’s states on its website that its gluten-free pizza isn’t suitable for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Unfortunately, as of May 2019, Pizza Hut no longer offers certified gluten-free pizzas and terminated its relationship with the Gluten Intolerance Group Gluten-Free Food Service Program.
As of January 2023, I’m unaware of any chain pizza restaurant that makes safe gluten-free pizza options. Be sure to read my article, Pizza Restaurants that Don’t Recommend their Gluten-Free Pizza for People with Celiac Disease for more information on how Domino’s, Little Caesers, Papa John’s, and Papa Murphy’s handle gluten.
I tried the certified gluten-free pizza long ago and can confirm it was safe based on my Nima testing and how I felt after eating it. However, I can’t say it was the tastiest pizza I’ve ever had. Here’s what it looked like. (Again, the following certified gluten-free pizza at Pizza Hut has been discontinued.)
I suspect Pizza Hut discontinued its certified gluten-free offering due to a lack of sales. Should Pizza Hut try its hand at offering certified gluten-free pizza again, and I hope it does, I highly recommend using a better crust option than Udi’s.
Today, Pizza Hut offers a gluten-free pizza option but warns that its gluten-free pizzas are unsafe for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Because of this warning, I’m unwilling to eat Pizza Hut pizza.
While the Udi’s gluten-free crust is made in a separate facility and shipped to Pizza Hut locations directly, it’s not prepared in a way that minimizes the risk of the pizza coming in contact with gluten along the way.
The only silver lining is that Pizza Hut says that loose or airborne flour is not present in restaurants where Udi’s Gluten-Free Crust is on the menu. But the restaurant says nothing about protecting gluten-free consumers from other potential gluten exposures through the preparation and cooking processes.
BOTTOM LINE: PIZZA HUT NO LONGER OFFERS CERTIFIED GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA AND TERMINATED ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP. GIVEN THAT ITS PIZZAS ARE NO LONGER CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE, I CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND PEOPLE WITH CELIAC DISEASE OR GLUTEN INTOLERANCE EAT AT PIZZA HUT.
Read How Other PIzza Restaurants Handle Gluten in my article, Pizza Restaurants that Don’t Recommend their Gluten-Free Pizza for People with Celiac Disease.
Ebook on Eating Out: I invite you to read my ebook, The Ultimate Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free, to learn all my tips and tricks to eating out safely with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.
Free Dining Card: I invite you to download my free printable Gluten-Free Safe Dining Card to help keep you safe when eating out.
Got Accidentally Glutened? Read my article, What to Do When You Accidentally Eat Gluten, the next time you get glutened.