Up until a few years ago, pizza from Dominos was a big no-no for those who follow a gluten-free diet and when we heard some of our friends mentioned that they’d tried it out finally, we were intrigued to see if the wait was finally worth it.
However, be warned, because, despite the fact this pizza is advertised as gluten-free, it is still made and prepared on the same worktops in the same kitchen as their regular pizzas and even transferred with the same utensils and pans.
So if you’re a coeliac, then you still won’t be able to eat this pizza without repercussions despite it being advertised as gluten-free.
So if you’re interested in finding more about our thoughts on the gluten-free pizza from dominos then keep on reading.
Dominos only currently offers their gluten-free base in a small size (10”) due to the lack of demand for them however they are still currently monitoring the demand for them to see if it is worth offering a larger size for gluten-free customers.
This 10” pizza may be enough for people with smaller appetites, but if you’re feeling hungry then you may also need to purchase a couple of their gluten-free side orders to curb your hunger.
Some of their GF sides are barbeque chicken wings, chicken apple pecan salad, classic garden salad, hot & plain chicken wings, roasted red peppers, and sweet mango habanero chicken wings.
We guess if you were feeling extra hungry then you could just order a second small pizza, however, this will cost you around $5 more than what you’d pay for one of their large pizzas.
We can admit that some gluten-free foods lack in the flavor department and those who do indulge in a gluten diet often comment upon how noticeable the difference is between gluten foods and their gluten-free alternatives.
So we didn’t go in our taste test of the Domino’s pizza was much confidence but we were luckily very surprised
The crust is just the right blend of crispness and chewy without being that helps it taste and feel like a regular crust pizza.
If you are picky about your crust, then we’d recommend eating extra sauce and cheese to your pizza to counteract the crust and it’ll almost taste identical to one of their regular gluten pizzas.
I made my friend close their eyes and try a bite of their gluten pizza and then my gluten-free pizza to see if they could tell the difference and they couldn’t distinguish which one was which.
They commented on how there is a difference but couldn’t put their finger on what the difference was.
Unfortunately, very much like their size options, there is only one gluten-free crust choice when you order from Dominoes and it doesn’t define itself as being either a thick or thin crust, it’s just marketed as ‘Gluten Free Crust’.
The crust size is somewhere in the middle, not too thin and not too thick which will suit a lot of customers’ preferences.
Despite their only being one size choice for your crust, gluten-free customers will still be able to enjoy a versatile selection of sauces to add to their pizza.
You can choose BBQ, heart marinara, hot sauce, mango habanero, ranch dressing, robust inspired tomato sauce, and garlic parmesan white sauce which are all full of flavor and will appeal to a lot of customers.
The only sauce you cannot have is the Alfredo sauce as this contains gluten, however, if you’re just gluten-free by choice and not due to any allergy or health problems then you’ll still be able to enjoy this.
We were spoiled for choice with the availability of the gluten-free topping options at Dominos, which made it easy to build your own pizza to your preference.
I opted for my usual favorite, bacon, jalapeno peppers and extra fresh tomatoes, however, their toppings list is so vast you’ll have trouble selecting which ones you want.
Remember that the more toppings you add to your pizza, the higher the cost can be, and even though the pizza only comes in a small size, you can quickly rack the cost up past $20 if you’re not careful.
It’s also important to bear in mind that the gluten-free crust is not the most stable and adding extra sauce and too many toppings to your pizza can quickly cause it to fall apart in your hands whilst trying to eat it, so we’d recommend going for the less is more approach.
Here is a full list of the gluten-free topping options available at Dominos:
- American Cheese
- Banana Peppers
- Black Olives
- Cheddar Cheese
- Feta Cheese
- Green Chile Peppers
- Green Peppers
- Green Olives
- Grilled Chicken
- Hot Sauce
- Italian Sausage
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Parmesan-Asiago Cheese
- Philly Steak
- Provolone Cheese
- Sweet Mango Habanero
If you love dunking your crusts into a rich ol’ dressing, then you’ll want to check out Dominos’ selection of gluten-free dressings that they have on offer, we tried the Blue Cheese and the Buttermilk Ranch dressing and they were super creamy and delicious, and there was even enough left over due to there not being enough crusts from my pizza.
Here is the full list of gluten-free dressing options on offer at Dominos:
- Blue Cheese Dripping Cup
- Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Caesar Dressing
- Fat-Free Raspberry Dressing
- Italian Dressing
- Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing
Is It Coeliac Friendly?
No, unfortunately, Dominos’ gluten-free pizza is not coeliac friendly as their gluten-free pizzas are made and prepared in the common kitchen where their non-gluten products are also made and prepared so they cannot guarantee that there will be no cross-contamination.
Not only this but the utensils and baking equipment used to cook their gluten-free pizza are the same as the ones they use for their regular pizzas.
This is unfortunate as it does mean those who struggle with coeliac disease cannot eat at Dominos store at all due to the cross-contamination.
Dominos has worked with a leading gluten awareness organization to monitor their current operation model in their kitchens which helped them recognize that they cannot assure those with coeliac disease that their products are suitable for them.
However, they are honest and transparent in their disclosure of this and do advertise that their gluten-free pizza and products are not coeliac friendly in their online and in-store advertisements and marketing.
Further research into Domino’s gluten-free pizza provided us with some insight into past customer experiences where people have been told the gluten-free pizza is coeliac friendly and then they’ve suffered a reaction and been extremely sick for a few days following eating it.
Dominos should do more to train and educate all their staff to know what is and what is not suitable for customers based on their dietary needs, and if they are unsure then they should speak with a more qualified member of staff to confirm this uncertainty instead of relaying false information to customers.
If you’ve got a mild gluten intolerance, then you might feel more inclined to risk one of their pizzas as you may not find you react to the cross-contamination through their utensils for kitchen workstations.
Dominos does a good job at labeling their gluten-free pizzas clearly so the customer will know the difference between these and the regular pizzas in their order.
This saves the difficulty of trying to differentiate them once they arrive and even risk someone gluten-free accidentally eating the wrong pizza.
Our Dominos delivery guy even handed us the gluten-free pizza and notified us that this was the gluten-free one so we know, but we can’t confirm if this will be the case for every single person’s delivery.
Whilst we respect Dominos’ effort to make their menu more inclusive for gluten-free diets, the only one size availability of their gluten-free pizza is slightly underwhelming especially if you’re hungry.
The fact that Dominos does not provide a separate preparation area in the kitchens for gluten-free bases is also disappointing because it means customers who have coeliac disease cannot eat from their stores as it will have been contaminated with the other gluten products that are prepared there.
If you’re gluten-free by choice and not because of health reasons, then you’ll have more flexibility and lenience to what you can enjoy on your ‘gluten-free pizza’ but unfortunately, those with coeliac disease do not have this flexibility, in fact, they cannot eat at Dominos at all.
As for taste and flavor, the gluten-free pizza from Dominos does not come short and we’d highly recommend it to those who do follow a gluten-free diet or even those just looking to switch up their usual order from Dominos.