Sunday, February 14, 2010

Restaurants We LOVE: Pizza Fusion

Another pizza joint? If they have a wheat/gluten free option... GLADLY! A dear friend told me that a new place was in the neighborhood and we had to check it out. We have our Valley place (Garlic Jim's), our Farmer's Market joint (Deano's) and now, happily one that is even closer to home in Hollywood... Pizza Fusion. This chain (YEAH!) features an all organic menu that includes a rice based pizza dough that is completely Gluten-Free. If you happen to be lactose intollerant, they have a lactose free cheese that they will happily throw onto your pizza. (Forgot that Lactain pill? No problme!) The pizzas are artisenal, in style, thin crusted little gems, that are made to order. They seem to have something for everyone. My Mom got the BBQ chicken with a whole grain crust. I ordered the "Greek" (let's be honest, I would probably eat cardboard if it was covered in Kalamata olives and feta) on traditional white crust. And Ella ordered her GF creation with crimini and portobello mushrooms. Each of us were quite happy with what we ate. Ella, in particular, was thrilled. There were several grunts and plenty of "YUMs!" as she worked her way across the plate. Naturally, I had to taste the crust which reminded me a lot of the one at Garlic Jim's, rice based. (Whereas the one at Deano's is corn based). It was perfectly crispy and did not collapse under the weight of the sauce, cheese and other toppings. It was a perfect lunch. Ella was offered her choice of an Honest Kids juice pouch, which is a great alternative to the sugary punches and "juices" that most other restaurants have. If you have one near you I would strongly suggest checking them out. This would be a great place to take several people with varying dietary needs... Vegans, meat eaters, and on and on. There are lots of salad and personal pizza options, as well as salads and appetizers. No doubt, we will return.

BTW, the ingredients for the Gluten-Free pizza are Bean Flour, Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour and Starch, Xantham Gum, Salt, Yeast, Egg, Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Canola Oil, Calcium Propionate, in case you are curious!

1 comment:

Paul said...

Given your blog’s focus on food allergies/intolerances (and this post on restaurants), I thought I would make you aware of an interactive website (and associated blog) that I created called AllergyEats (

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