Pizza, all day every day - that's how much I can eat it of it. To say that leaving gluten broke my poor little heart is an understatement. Leaving gluten basically meant that I was breaking up with pizza. Well, at least the type of relationship that I once had with pizza would forever change. If you've been gluten free all your life or for a good while then you might not remember what real pizza tastes like so eating gluten free pizza is probably not a big deal for you. On the other hand, for someone like me that used to eat "real" pizza at least 3 -4 times a week and having to leave that just like that, yup - it has been fucking hard.
I always kind of knew that my body wasn't good at processing things like pizza... bread...pizza...and bread. lol. Every time I ate pizza I felt bloated and a lot of pain in my stomach (and a lot of other gross things which I will not mention here because duh it's a pizza post!). Long story short, only a couple of months ago, I discovered that I am very sensitive to gluten and that eating it causes my body to react a certain way- therefore , I have chosen to leave it. It is not a trend that I am trying to follow (believe me, I would NEVER leave pizza or bread or cupcakes for that shit haha), it's something that I am trying to do to protect my body and treat it right. Gluten is a protein almost always found in any type of bread (cupcakes, pizza, cake, french bread, etc.) but it can also be found in grains such as barley. To put it simply, if you're sensitive to gluten, it means that your body is going to try and fight it because it believes that something "bad" has entered your system. So next time someone is asking for gluten-free items at a restaurant or in line, please don't be so quick to judge because maybe they are just trying to protect themselves and their bodies (the consequences of eating gluten can be very painful if you're sensitive to it). I didn't mention anything about Celiac's Disease here because I don't have Celiac's and don't want to misinform you about anything. If you think you have Celiac's please click here for more info.
Anyways, now that you know the struggle that I've been going through, finding pizza that tastes like... umm PIZZA... is challenging. Gluten-free pizza is not particularly bad, let's just say that well it's fucking bad. JK. It's not bad, it just doesn't have the bread part. Gluten somehow adds consistency and makes bread good, fluffy and pretty. I have noticed that a lot of gluten-free bread can have a very different texture, smell and consistency than normal bread. Ever since I've been gluten-free, you best believe that I've been on a hunt trying to look for gluten-free pizza. Of course beautiful Austin has plenty of gluten-free pizza to choose from but my ultimate favorite is from Via 313 (although traditionally not a gluten-free restaurant, they do have a gluten-free crust and other items available). Via 313 hast three locations in Austin: Oak Hill Centre, East Austin (near Violet Crown) and The Drag on Guadalupe. Here are:
5 Reasons Why Via 313 is the Best Gluten-Free Pizza
1. Feels like real pizza.
Going back to what I was saying about bread, gluten-free bread can be a little "mushy" and fall apart. Not the case with Via 313 though! The bread almost feels like the real thing, you can very easily think it's real bread (yasssss). Via 313 gluten-free bread crust has a good texture and consistency, it is thick and soft (makes my heart happy just typing that).
2. Tastes like real pizza.
I don't know why but a lot of times gluten-free pizza will taste very different from regular pizza. As if somehow the tomato sauce and cheese miss the "real" bread part and decide to alter their composition haha (probably not the reason why). Via 313 gluten-free pizza tastes like the real deal- there aren't any weird sauces added and the bread tastes like "bread". In fact, every time my friends and I visit Via 313, they also end up ordering gluten-free pizza because it tastes so yummy.
3. Cheese actually melts off your pizza.
One of my absolute favorite things about Via 313 pizza (yes their gluten-free pizza) is that the cheese actually melts off. I don't know about you guys but one of the requirements (or expectations) I have when I order pizza is to have cheese pouring out of it. I mean I want to be able to smell, stretch and actually visualize that cheese melting off of my slice! It really sucks when you order a pizza and they give it to you non-cheesy (if that's a word).
4. Great customer service.
Okay, you might be thinking what does customer service have to do with the pizza itself? A lot! Think about it, going to a place where they don't have awesome service automatically sets you on a mood and then that changes your whole dining experience. So I thought it was fair to include it here! Via 313 has awesome customer service, their waiters and staff are always super friendly and give you excellent recommendations when you need them!
5. Tomato sauce is delicious.
Probably one of the most (if not the most) important element of a pizza is of course the tomato sauce! If you ask me, I think that's what determines the ultimate taste of the pizza. I love love love love love love (to the infinity power) their tomato sauce. I can't even describe it in words. I love that they pour a good amount of it on their pizza. Just like the cheese, if you don't have enough tomato sauce on your pizza then it feels a little dry. I also love their tomato sauce on the meatballs appetizer that they have. I can eat the sauce by itself it in spoonfuls!
Overall, Via 313 has the perfect gluten-free pizza. Look at the equation --> tasty and textured GLUTEN-FREE bread + good flavors + lots of cheese + lots of tomato sauce = PERFECT PIZZA. (Voila!) Let me know in the comments below which other places you love to go for gluten-free pizza!