I’m sure like most Celiacs; we miss and crave things that have gluten. Crispy fish and chips, a great sandwich with fresh bread, mom’s spaghetti sauce on a heap of pasta and the odd Friday night – a cheesy pizza. I must have told my boyfriend Max about it once and how those cravings actually become distant memories because he recommended a pizza place in Barrie Ontario that he had been to, loved and remembered reading a gluten free option. I thought “what do I have to lose?” So we went the next time we were in Barrie.
Let me just say this, Pie Wood Fired Pizza Joint is not a letdown. First, I’d like to say, I like starters. I notice appetizers are now (usually) off limits for people on a gluten free diet. Most things are deep fried, or have a dressing or a broth that is not friendly to us. The reason why I’m saying this is because I had a favorite that I haven’t been able to have in a long time; Four Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip. The vessel used (by request) is a delicious rice based crust that tastes as fresh as it is. The same thing they use to make the pizza. Ah, the pizza.
The pizzas at Pie are not the “choose your toppings” style pizzas. They have catchy names and list the ingredients to create the mouthwatering combination. Requesting something be removed didn’t bother our server at all. The toppings that are not gluten free are the usual suspects. Pepperoni, salami and sausage. But that’s ok! There are SO many more to choose from.
We decided on the “Slow and Low”. A pulled pork, caramelized onion, house BBQ sauce and garlic aioli pie. It also had a scoop of amazing coleslaw right in the middle. It was so good and brought back my faith in “real” food again.
We didn’t find the prices to be crazy, of course there is an extra charge for the gluten free crust, but sometimes, when good pizza is needed, nothing will stop me.
Pie Pizza has many, many options on their menu. Although I only mentioned the ones I tried…it was a tough decision because I actually had choices! From Appetizers, all the way to desert. Yes ,sweet tasty pizza with Nutella, banana, caramel and brullée vanilla ice cream? Next time, I’m saving room.
Pie Pizza is on the south end of Barrie, very close to the Cineplex or, because it’s just so darn good, you can dine at Pie Pizza on the waterfront in Barrie.
It has been featured on “You Gotta Eat Here!” for those of you that watch The Food Network. They also host Canada’s largest eating competition!
Check them out! http://www.eatmypie.ca/
I give Pie Wood Fired Pizza Joint two high fives for restoring my faith in gluten free pizza.