I frequented my favorite pizza places in the Jericho area, on Long Island without a care in the world. My order was always the same, “Two slices please, cut up in small pieces.” Then I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and this food that I enjoyed so much with my friends on a Saturday or at a birthday party was quickly eliminated from my diet.
It was not until recently that two pizzerias on Long Island, Fanatico and Café Dolce Vita, both added gluten free pizza to their menus. What’s nice about these places is that they are both very casual and are are great to grab a quick slice with your friends/children or sit down for a nice meal. The manager at Café Dolce Vita was a pleasure to deal with. I spoke with him and although they cook the gluten free pizza in an oven used for all pizza, they take the precaution of cooking gluten free in a separate pan to ensure there is no cross contamination.
Again, make sure to always ask questions as you having nothing to lose and everything to gain. Restaurants that have gluten free items on their resume was your feedback and want to make sure that you are enjoying your meal.
GF Pizza From Cafe Dolce Vita
So, I’m happy to tell you…once upon a time is no longer once upon a time…because I’m able to enjoy pizza again, and so are you! Let me know if you try it and what you think!
Looks like I found it – Find Me Gluten Free. Monday night a friend tweeted a link to me about the creation of a great app. Thanks to Ross, I quickly went to the app store and downloaded it, free of charge. Sitting among my other 5 gluten free apps I thought, how helpful could it be? I must admit I haven’t found my other apps to be too beneficial, but that night I was confident that I had found the best one yet.
During my uptown stay in NYC, I was craving for something other than my usually GF Sushi. I did a quick ‘around me’ search and found The Naked Pizza among many others. I called, ordered and was informed that the restaurant was free of cross contamination. Within 25 minutes the 13-dollar, that’s correct I said 13-dollar pizza was at my front door!
Delicious Pizza from Naked Pizza
Excited by how useful the app was I immediately contacted Darin Alpert, COO of ‘Find Me Gluten Free’. Created by Jason Elmore, he himself was struggling to find a scrumptious GF meal. The other apps on my phone attempt to serve the same purpose, however the issue is that they don’t have many restaurants or include as much information as this one. Darin and Jason’s efforts have certainly helped me because I had more than 20 options available within a 10-mile radius.
I love the features of this because it allows you to add restaurants, comment, and rate them. By creating a profile you have the ability to let your voice be heard. For those with the Droid or iPhone the app also has a dining card, which explains what you can and cannot have. My only suggestion would be to change the card to include other languages in an attempt to benefit international travelers. (I wouldn’t be too surprised if that was already in the works!)
Find Me Gluten Free – Profile
For mothers or fathers with little children, I certainly recommend ‘Find Me Gluten Free’. I know myself the issue I typically have is not being able to find a restaurant within a few miles distance. By the time I find one I’m sure you can agree it usually seems like a task to go to the restaurant.
Of course the app lists chain restaurants like Olive Garden that are gluten free friendly, but as always you should be sure to ask the right questions and make sure your server is familiar with the diet and precautions the chef must take to ensure you enjoy your meal.
Once you download the app you will find the simplicity in it. After speaking with Darin, I see what the app has to offer now and how it is really going to revolutionize the dining for all us “Celiacs” out there. I’d really love to hear what you think about the app…please be sure to comment! I was certainly impressed and look forward to finding more restaurants using this app!
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