Gluten free in Glasgow – Firebird

My boyfriend says I should re-name my blog to‘gluten free pizza diaries’, because it seems that every time I’m writing about food I’ve had in Glasgow, it’s pizza. What can I say? I love pizza.

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Last weekend we went out for supper at Firebird restaurant on Argyle Street before going to see World War Z in the cinema. I knew they did gluten free pasta and pizza and had wanted to go there for ages, and seeing as I am leaving Glasgow and moving to Edinburgh in a couple of weeks’ time, I thought it was about time I actually went to eat there before it was too late! What can I say? WHY hadn’t I been there before!?

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We had booked in advance as it was a Friday, and good job we did – it was pretty busy and there were people waiting for a table sitting in the little outside seating bit (for once it has been reasonable weather in Scotland so I guess people were also making the most of that.) I ordered a gluten free – or as it’s called on the menu ‘W.O.W – without wheat – margherita pizza. It was fantastic. One of the best, if not THE best gluten free pizza I’ve had. The base was really thin, but not horribly crispily cardboardy and burnt like they can be. It was the most Italian gluten free pizza I’d say I’ve had as it was thinner and less doughy than others. It was as if all the other gluten free pizzas I’d had were good because they were a substitute to something I could no longer eat, but I feel Firebird really have made an effort to make their pizzas awesome, and not just ‘it’s good for being gluten free’.

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It wasn’t expensive either – £9.00 for my pizza. I would highly recommend anyone who wants gluten free pizza (and probably ‘regular’ pizza also as my boyfriend said his was great too) to go to Firebird. Next time I go I’ll have to try a pasta dish just for the sake of going somewhere and NOT ordering pizza! Oh, and the movie was pretty good too. 

Here is a link to their website.

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Gluten free – Pizza Express

I feel like I haven’t written anything on here for years. I’ve been really busy getting everything finished up in the last few weeks of my second and final year at college, along with having got myself a position interning with a company in Glasgow, as well as going to Cyprus for a weeks holiday.

So I’ll catch up on what I’ve been doing in terms of gluten free-ing. 

As everyone will know by now, Pizza Express launched a gluten free range at the end of April. I don’t remember ever having been to Pizza Express before I became allergic to wheat, but I know all my friends say that the pizza is great there – so I was pleased to be able to finally see what it was all about! We went to the nearest restaurant to us which is on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow – it’s a nice restaurant inside and out.

My friend won a “taste card” a while ago which in Pizza Express entitles the holder to buy one get one free on each course, so my boyfriend and I borrowed the card (I am not sure sharing the card amongst your friends is entirely allowed but what the heck) and decided to go for a pizza. I would buy myself a taste card, but at nearly £80 a year, I don’t think I’d be able to afford to actually go for the meals after buying one!

For my main course I had the Pollo ad Astra pizza which is chicken, peppadew sweet peppers, cajun spices, garlic oil and red onions. It was pretty different to other gluten free pizzas I’ve had from restaurants or take-away’s – it was less doughy and more of an authentic Italian thin base. I can’t say I was blown away by the pizza, but in all fairness it was definitely the best gluten free pizza I’ve had (I’m not really classing it in the same category as Domino’s because that’s more of a pizza-pie type base). 

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As it was a buy one get one free deal, we felt as though it would be silly not to order pudding so I ordered the gluten free chocolate brownie from the Dolcetti menu – mini puddings that come with a hot drink. The brownie itself was nice, however it didn’t come served with a strawberry as it was shown on the menu. 

When we went to pay, the bill came and the main courses were marked as buy one get one free, however both of the deserts were being charged for. When I asked the waitress about this she told me that the Dolcetti desserts aren’t included in the taste card two for one offer so I pointed out that the chocolate brownie was the only gluten free desert on the menu. The waitress told me the sorbet was also gluten free (which I had suspected would be – apart from the fact it was served with a wafer) but as it hadn’t appeared on the menu as being gluten free she agreed that we wouldn’t have to pay for the second dessert.

All in all, our bill came to just over £20 for two drinks, two pizzas and two desserts which I can’t complain about! I don’t think I would choose to go to Pizza Express again without a taste card or a similar offer as I think it could become quite expensive, but I did enjoy my pizza!

Gluten free in Glasgow – Little Italy

Little Italy – Byres Road

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As I live in Glasgow’s West End, I’d been wanting to go to this great looking Italian restaurant/pizza bar for quite a while as I had heard they do gluten free pizzas, but every time I thought about going it was too late or something else got in the way. So this morning my boyfriend Rossi and I decided to go there for lunch, as we thought it would be easy enough to get a table – even though it’s the weekend it’s still only lunch time. We got there to find the place jam-packed with people – it was a lovely atmosphere with loads of people crowded into a small place which for me is always a good sign as you know the food is obviously sought after! We decided it would be easier just to get pizza to go as we could have been waiting for quite some time for a table and we were super hungry. So I ordered a small ham and pineapple pizza (my favourite) and Rossi ordered a plain cheese and tomato large pizza and together they came to £15 which I thought was pretty good, as from a big chain like Domino’s or Pizza Hut you’d probably pay that amount for just one pizza. As we waited for our pizzas to be made, we could watch the guys freshly making the pizzas which slightly worried me as I couldn’t see a clear separate area for the gluten free pizzas. We got our pizzas after waiting about 10 minutes which I’m sure within that time at least one table would have become free but never mind, we went home and started to eat our pizzas. They were really good and my boyfriend (who is part Italian) said it was probably one of the best pizzas he’d had outside of Italy. Mine was pretty great too, apart from they’d forgotten to put the ham on but luckily I had some at home so was able to just add it myself. I would definitely go there again, but next time hope to get a table, the price was very reasonable and it’s great to know you’re getting fresh, hand-made quality gluten free food!

http://www.littleitalyglasgow.com/index.html

Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza!

As most coeliac’s will have probably heard, Domino’s now do gluten free pizzas. I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy four years ago so was very happy to find out a few months ago about Domino’s offering gluten free options as I hadn’t had a decent pizza in aaaages! (The frozen ones you get from Tesco, DS, Genius and so on are all good and well but they don’t really compare.) 

If anyone is dubious about the quality of the Domino’s gluten free pizzas – you needn’t be. Yes, the price is very high considering they are only offering the small size for gluten free, but after four years of no decent pizza, it’s a small price to pay for the occasional treat – although hopefully in the future they will be offering medium and large pizzas too as it seems unfair enough that we have to be gluten free, let alone that you get more for your money when ordering a large size.

One thing that bugged a lot of people was that, because the pizzas only come in small, they were excluded from the Two for Tuesdays deal – however after receiving feedback from customers, they have changed the deal to now include these which is a step forward.

(Unless like when I first ordered a gluten free pizza as part of the Two for Tuesdays deal along with a ‘regular’ pizza for my boyfriend, they completely missed the gluten free pizza from the order, saying it wasn’t part of the deal. After a phone call, I got my pizza, plus a voucher for another free one for my inconvenience – thanks for that Domino’s!)

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