Starting on August 30th, The Tomato Head restaurants began offering a new option for pizzas to lunch, dinner and brunch customers–a gluten-free crust.
For years, small numbers of customers have asked for a gluten-free option. That number has increased over the last few years, with more individuals seeking gluten-free foods for dietary adjustments, as well as persons diagnosed with Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disease that interferes with the absorption of nutrients from foods).
After testing several options, the restaurant selected Rudi’s brand gluten-free pizza crust for its taste and availability. Several recipe experiments were conducted to make the specialty crust in-house, but in the end, Rudi’s was the top choice.
Mahasti, Scott and the whole Tomato Head crew are very glad to be able to offer a consistent and reliable option for customers who need, or simply want, a gluten-free crust.
“Pizza is a comfort food for a lot of people, in addition to simply being delicious and good,” says Mahasti. “We’re making it possible for those needing a gluten-free option to enjoy that comfort food again.”
The crust contains water, rice flour, corn starch, tapioca, dextrin, eggs, sugar, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder, guar gum, canola oil, and rice extract. Patrons ordering the gluten-free crust can get a personal-size pizza and select the toppings of their choice. Soy cheese is also available, as many persons diagnosed with Celiac Disease, or requiring a gluten-free diet, are also lactose intolerant.
A personal-size cheese pizza with gluten-free crust is $9.55 plus tax, or $11.75 plus tax with soy-cheese. A wide variety of toppings can be added for an additional charge.
Although The Tomato Head is not a gluten-free environment and trace amounts of flour may be present on the gluten-free pizza, every effort is made during the preparation and baking of the gluten-free pizzas to ensure there is no direct contact with flour, including the use of a separate pizza cutter for the gluten-free pizzas.