Gluten free Pizza at Mark Twain's

Mark Twain's Pizza Landing was transformed one day when a women walked into the parlor and had an interesting request.

"We had a guest who brought her own rice noodles in- and asked for her noodles to be put in a dish and heated up. It was a curious request and she explained to me about being gluten free," Mark Twain owner Jacques Broussard shared with us.

The woman, Mindy Andrews, had recently discovered she had celiac disease, meaning she could no longer eat gluten.  Andrews told Jacques that he could heat up her rice noodles today and that tomorrow she could show him how he could serve safe gluten-free pizza. 

"I tried to explain to him that he would be the first pizza restaurant in the city to have gluten free pizza, that it was the wave of the future," Andrews was right, now years later gluten free living has become a bit of a fad.  

Joe Eustis, learned in his forties after years of eating gluten that he had celiac disease as well.

"When I was first diagnosed it was a nightmare, a life changing event," he and Andrews quickly realized how difficult not being able to eat many of their favorite foods was.  "You have to be very careful about what you eat- you can’t eat any wheat or barley."

At Mark Twain they can eat a prepackaged gluten free crust and add their own toppings without worries.  "The pizza is actually brought to your table- for the customer to prepare to try to avoid cross contamination- they'll take it back and put it in the oven."  

"No one in the city knew what gluten was, my family use to always come to Mark Twains and I didn't want to give that up." Andrews is now continuing on with her gluten free quest by starting a consulting business to help restaurants who want to have gluten free options.  

Broussard says he loves helping out his loyal customers but that there is also something in it for him,

"you put a net around the guest you have who are gluten free because they have a limited choice of options, so they may have more options. The people we have are repeat gust who rU

UPDATE: I was contacted by Domino's pizza and they say the company has recently started offering their own gluten free pizza, as of this year.  Domino’s does not recommend the pizza for customers with celiac disease because the food is prepped and cooked in a common kitchen, but for those interested in trying a new diet or with minor allergies to gluten you can get info on their gluten free pizza here

 

If anyone else knows of great places to eat gluten free food let me know by email!