The kids are still away at their sleep away camp and David and I are still exploring local restaurants for gluten free options 🙂 . My Celiac friend has sworn by the gluten free pizzas at Top This Pizza in Los Gatos for months. She and her daughter both have Celiac Disease and have not reacted from the pizza here, ever. We decided to do a restaurant review of Top This to see for ourselves.
David and I came for an early dinner, then go for a hike on the Los Gatos Creek Trail to burn it off. Top This has a handy allergen list that lets you know what is safe for your allergen.
Top This Pizza is set up like Chipotle. They have your crust and they top it any way you want as you move down the line. When we said we needed a gluten free crust. The clerk asked if it was for an allergy. I like that he asked up front. He immediately changed his gloves (without my asking) and took out a foil liner for the paddle. He got a gluten free crust from a sealed package and put it on the liner. He then went down the line and let us choose toppings.
At the end, the foil liner and our pizza went into the wood fire oven. There is only one oven, but they try to put gluten free pizzas off to the side.
Next, our pizzas were removed just five minutes later. The foil liner and pizza were scooped up on the paddle and put onto a clean tin with the foil liner still underneath. Our pizzas were taken to a different counter and cut with a clean cutter.
Overall, we really liked our pizzas. You can see the edges burned just slightly from the wood fire pizza. The middle of the pizza did not get as toasty, and could have used a bit more time in the oven. This is typical for gluten free pizzas and is the biggest reason most places precook the crust a little before adding sauce and toppings. I can’t tell if these crusts are from Udi’s or Mariposa. (My best guess.) They are definitely not made in house and are purchased from a gluten free supplier.
And best yet, neither David or I reacted. Now I feel comfortable bringing our kids here.