Now that the gluten-free crowd has nabbed some serious beers and even Girl Scout Cookies, chains are rushing to roll out Celiac-friendly options. The latest one to enter the fray is Pizza Hut, which is offering pepperoni and cheese pies without a trace of gluten come January 26th.
The Hut partnered with Udi's Gluten Free, the world's biggest gluten-free food producer, to create the new pizzas. They also followed some pretty strict procedures certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group to insure the pies are up to code. To wit: the special Udi's crust will be stored in a separate container and on a separate shelf in the fridge, the sauce and toppings will go in a custom gluten-free designated kit, the pies will be baked on dedicated parchment paper in the ovens, the employees prepping them will wear gloves, and they'll even set aside a separate pizza cutter solely for the gluten-free pizzas. All that means Pizza Hut can confidently promise no cross-contamination, a pledge that some of its competition has failed to make.
The 10in gluten-free pies will come cut into six slices, and cost $9.99. Great news for our Celiac-afflicted friends who've been been crying in the corner at every single pizza party, and we guess more fodder for those fakers who don't even know what gluten is.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and thinks pizza is an inalienable right. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.