Five best gluten free pizzas in Glasgow

There can be a world of pain out there when it comes to gluten free pizza. On the whole it tends to be soggy bottom central with the occasional warmed up Jacob’s Cream Cracker thrown in for good measure.

Not all the big hitters in Glasgow pizza have embraced the gluten free challenge yet: Paesano for example sadly have nothing on offer for gluten free customers. Others like Howlin’ WolfPizza PunksFirebird and Pizza West have gluten free pizzas on their menus but personally I’ve found them to be pretty disappointing.

That being said there are definitely some gems out there worth celebrating – ones that make you want to find the chef and give them a big hug for bringing the joy of pizza back into your life!

Bierhalle

I think Bierhalle have nailed their gluten free pizza and it’s the best one I’ve tried in Glasgow. It’s got a great texture, plenty of topping options and it’s buy one get one free. The gluten free pizzas are also the same size as the non-gluten free pizzas – that scores major brownie points with me.

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Bierhalle

Boom Pizza

These are some top notch gluten free pizzas – nice chewy base and crunchy crust. I think they are Glasgow’s best takeaway pizza option by far and they’re a fraction of the standard price. They also have a couple of gluten free pastas and desserts on the menu.

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Boom Pizza

Bella Napoli

Well worth a wee jaunt to Glasgow’s southside for these fresh Italian gluten free pizzas. They are definitely up there among the best in Glasgow – and are particularly generous with their toppings and cheese.

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Bella Napoli

Pizza Express

Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but I think Pizza Express is a really reliable shout for some nice gluten free options. The pizzas are tasty and have a good texture, and are better than Zizzi’s I think. However it has to be said that their gluten free pizzas are embarrassingly small compared to their non-gluten free counterparts!

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Pizza Express

Goodfellas

I have tried tons of gluten free pizzas in Glasgow and I have to be honest and say that I have really struggled to find another one that belongs on a top 5 list. So for now, this spot goes to good old reliable Goodfellas pepperoni, mushroom and ham frozen pizza. You’ll find it in the freezer section of most big supermarkets – it’s the best frozen gluten free pizza I’ve bought – and only 3 quid a pop.

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Goodfella’s

Next up …  

I’m always on the hunt for the best gluten free places in Glasgow so please let me know if your favourite gluten free pizza is missing off the list. I’m planning some visits to Stereo and Little Italy next as I’ve heard good things… the search continues.

 

Gluten free Christmas cake

As Christmas cakes go, this recipe is pretty straightforward and quick to make. I’m not a massive fan of the traditional thick icing or fruit peel, but you can make yours to your own preference. The recipe makes one large cake serving around 16.

Ingredients:

150g sultanas

350g raisins

50g chopped dried apricot

50g chopped soft dried prunes

150g glace cherries (and a few extra for decoration)

50g chopped crystallised stem ginger

150ml rum or whisky

zest & juice 1 orange

zest & juice 1 lemon

5 large eggs

300g soft brown sugar

pinch of salt

250g plain gluten free flour

1tsp mixed spice

1 tsp nutmeg (or 1 whole, grated)

2tsp cinnamon

1tsp baking powder

1 tsp xantham gum

150g unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 heaped tbsp golden syrup

Clear honey (for decoration)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150C/300F/gas mark 2 and grease a round baking dish.
  2. Place the raisins, sultanas, apricot, prunes and cherries in a bowl, then add the rum and cover. Leave to soak overnight.
  3. The next day, in a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the eggs one by one while whisking.
  5. Stir in the mixed spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, lemon and golden syrup.
  6. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and xanthum gum and mix well.
  7. Into this mixture, stir in the fruit that has been soaking, scraping in extra juices, plus the chopped ginger pieces.
  8.  Scrape the mixture into the baking tin, don’t worry if it nearly fills the tin.
  9. Bake for 1.5 – 2 hours, or until golden brown on top and a skewer into the middle comes out clean.
  10. Once completely cool, decorate using the cherries and a drizzle of honey.

 

 

 

 

Chinaski’s

http://chinaskis.com/ 239 North St, Glasgow, G3 7DL.

opening hours: mon – sun, 11am – 12pm

Visited in December 2016

My gluten free Glasgow rating: ♦♦½ (2.5 out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: staff were really friendly and happy to take questions to the kitchen but they didn’t seem to have had much in the way of training about gluten free requirements.

Gluten free menu: no separate gluten free menu or marked gluten free options on the main menu, but they did provide an allergen list. There were vegan and Christmas menus available, but they weren’t included in the allergen list which was really disappointing.

What’s on offer: There were only 3 non-gluten main meal options available: steak, burger and pan fried chicken. I went for the chicken which came with ham hock, mashed potatoes and salsa verde. It was, to be fair, amazing! The only gluten free dessert was the affogato (and the shortbread pictured wasn’t gluten free by the  way). It would have been nice to have a bigger choice available.

Basically… for one of the best bars in Glasgow, it was an underwhelming gluten free offer.

Riverhill West Nile

http://www.riverhillcafe.com/ 3 West Nile St., Glasgow, G1 2PR

opening hours: mon – thurs, 8am – 5pm; fri, 8am – 6pm; sat, 9am – 6pm; sun, 9am – 5pm

Visited in September 2016

*Update November 2016 – Riverhill West Nile is no longer open in the evenings, but still a brilliant choice for breakfast and lunch.

My Gluten Free Glasgow Rating: ♦♦♦♦ (4 out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: The staff here were lovely. I had mentioned being coeliac on the phone when I booked the table and when I arrived they were the first to mention it. They talked through how they could adapt the menu and seemed pretty knowledgeable.

Gluten free menu: No gluten free menu or gluten free symbols on the main menu but the staff took time to tell me which dishes I could have. In most situations this is like a high pressured memory game (for both people involved!) but it’s quite a small menu at Riverhill so it was totally fine.

What’s on offer: Can’t exaggerate how delicious the food is here. Squid, chorizo and corn salad was amazing. Beef and polenta main was unbelievable! Fig and pear eton mess was yum. With a small menu to start with, there isn’t a massive choice – but expect pure quality not quantity!

Basically… excellent choice for a fancy wee night.

Gluten free fruit scones

Going gluten free doesn’t have to mean giving up on the dream of a proper, freshly baked fruit scone! If you’ve not ventured into gluten free baking much, don’t be put off by some of the ingredients listed. I promise you the final result will be well worth a foray into the world of gluten free flours, gums and baking agents. Think of it as a labour of looooove.

This recipe is adapted slightly from the River Cottage Gluten Free cook book which I highly recommend! It makes 10 medium scones, or 6-8 large ones. They are best eaten or frozen on the day they’re made.

Ingredients:

150g ground almonds

150g potato starch

50g tapioca starch

50g rice flour

50g sorghum flour

4 tsp ground psyllium husk

1 level tsp salt

1 tbsp caster sugar

100g chilled unsalted butter

2 medium eggs

150g full fat greek yoghurt

2 tsp lemon juice

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

125g sultanas

Splash of milk

Milk or beaten egg for brushing on top

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 240°C / 475°F / gas mark 9 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put the almonds, potato, tapioca, rice, sorghum, psyllium husk, salt and sugar into a bowl.
  3. Dice the cold butter and work it through the flours with your fingertips until the whole thing resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. In another bowl whisk up the yoghurt, lemon juice and eggs. Then whisk in the bicarbonate of soda.
  5. Quickly add the liquid mixture into breadcrumbs and work through with a fork.
  6. If you need to loosen the mixture, add a splash of milk and mix.
  7. Mix in the sultanas.
  8. On a board sprinkled with gluten free flour work handfuls of the mixture into rounds and place on the trays.
  9. Leave to stand for 15 minutes, then brush the top of each with beaten egg.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes until a skewer into the centre of the scones comes out clean.
  11. Serve with butter, jam, whipped cream or all three!

 

 

 

Halloumi

http://www.halloumiglasgow.co.uk/ 161 Hope St., Glasgow, G2 2UQ

opening hours: mon – fri, 12pm – 11pm; sat – sun, 12pm – 12am

Visited in September 2016

My Gluten Free Glasgow Rating: ♦♦♦♦ (out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: Friendly staff but with such a clearly marked gluten free menu there was no need for awkward coeliac questions. Bonus!

Gluten free menu: All gluten free options are clearly marked on the main menu with GF. Same with the express lunch menu.

What’s on offer: Greek food is pure gluten free! Except all the pitta obviously. This place has loads of gluten free dishes on its Greek tapas style menu. Including dips like houmous and tzatziki, chargrilled meats, dolamdes and moussaka. The halloumi was particularly delicious.

Basically… my big fat gluten free greek tasty munch.

Banana porridge muffins

Banana porridge but in delicious muffin form. These gluten free muffins are quick and easy to make and even pretty healthy. Excellent breakfast choice. This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Ingredients:

3 medium ripe bananas

120 ml sour cream

2 eggs beaten

80g brown sugar

180g gluten free oats

40g gluten free plain flour

1.5 tsp gluten free baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4 and prepare a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Spoon the mixture evenly into muffin cases.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until brown on top and a skewer into the muffins comes out clean.

 

The Bungo

http://thebungo.co.uk/ 17-21 Nithsdale Rd. G41 2AL

opening hours: every day 10.00 – 00.00

Visited in September 2016

My Gluten Free Glasgow Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: Brilliant! All the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable, especially the guy who I think is the manager, he really knows his stuff.

Gluten free menu: All gluten free options are clearly marked on the main menu with GFO.

What’s on offer: Loads of amazing options here, for every meal. Bungo do great brunches, as well as having GF starters, mains and deserts if you’re there for lunch or dinner. The houmous, veggie burger and lamb were all delicious. I’m convinced they must have the best GLUTEN FREE ONION RINGS in Glasgow. The burger rolls were so good I asked the waitress what brand they were – I was told they were from a main supplier and mega expensive. Nice that they don’t charge a gluten free supplement.

More info: I was told they have a separate fryer for their gluten free orders – great to know!

Basically… King (or Queen) of the Southside.

Gluten free pancakes

This makes 4 large thin, savoury and gluten free pancakes. I’ve tried lots of recipes and would say the BBC GoodFood recipe for gluten free pancakes is the best. It is really simple! Double the amounts if you are making for more than 2 people.

Ingredients 

125g gluten free plain flour

1 egg

250ml milk

butter, for frying

Method

  1. Add the flour, egg and quarter of the milk to a bowl and whisk until it is smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the milk slowly and keep whisking.
  3. Cover the bowl and leave it to rest for 20 mins. This will thicken up the mixture.
  4. Put a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. Use a ladle to cover the pan with mixture.
  5. After a few minutes, or once the pancake is golden brown on bottom side, flip to other side for another few minutes.
  6. Tip – give your pan a wipe with kitchen roll between each pancake or you’ll end up with burnt butter and slightly charred pancakes.
  7. I served mine with banana, maple syrup and chopped nuts.

 

 

 

 

Lebowskis South

http://www.lebowskis.co.uk/glasgow-southside/ 69 Nithsdale Rd., Glasgow, G41 2AJ

opening hours: mon – sun, 12pm – 12am

Visited in August 2016

My Gluten Free Glasgow Rating: ♦♦♦♦ (out of 5)

Knowledge of staff: My waitress was lovely, really friendly and helpful, took all my questions back to the kitchen staff.

Gluten free menu: No gluten free menu here, I’m afraid. Disappointing especially when they were really accommodating and clearly had lots on the menu that was gluten free. Major point off on the My Gluten Free Glasgow rating as a result.

What’s on offer: Burgers! And seriously good ones at that. I was majorly impressed with the gluten free buns – not as crumble-tastic as I’m used to. Big chunky gluten free tats were the business. They also have other dishes that they can do gluten free like pulled lamb, superfood salad and cajun chicken supreme. But, personally, if I were you I wouldn’t pass up the high quality burger experience.

More info: Can’t do burgers without beers? Fear not, Damm Daura gluten free beer is in the house.

Basically… One of the best gluten free burgers in Glasgow.