Panago Pizza has added a gluten free crust to its menu. It should be rolled out now or rolling out soon, and I hope to be trying it soon and sharing more about the pizza itself shortly. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some of the facts I dug up while researching their crust. They currently indicate the gluten free crust on their downloadable menu. Check out Panago's menu here.
I had contacted Panago a few years back about adding a gluten free crust to their menu. Their response was that they did not want to add a crust until they found a crust that met their quality of standard. Well, I guess they finally found the right gluten free crust. So that is fantastic that there is a chain pizza delivery place thats not Boston Pizza in Edmonton that serves up gluten free pizza crusts.
Okay, so now for some info Panago shared with me through private Facebook messages.
First, they are obviously covering their buts on the gluten free crust and cross contamination as they probably have too since they work in a kitchen that is not strictly gluten free. Their crust comes from a gluten free facility (they didn't tell me if its their own crust or someone elses crust) so they are confident that the crust is gluten free, but (here is their disclaimer), they do not recommend the crust for Celiac's, because of the working conditions of the kitchen. Fair enough, I don't think that's going to stop Amanda from eating their gluten free pizza.
I did ask them about procedures to reduce cross contamination and the message in the image above is what they came back with:
Stores have been instructed to use freshly cleaned knives when cutting the gluten free crusts
Each store will be equipped with 2 gluten free specific screens for cooking which will be stored in sealed plastic containers between uses.
Which is two great practices. Just remember when ordering to remind them!
They also gave me a list of gluten free ingredients. Here is some of that list
Cheezy Cheddar Sauce
Chipotle Cilantro Sauce
Italian Tomato (pizza sauce)
Jalapeno White Sauce
Sweet & Smoky Tropical Sauce
Fire Roasted Steak
Spicy Italian Sausage
Wild Pink Shrimp
Dips & Dressings
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Blue Cheese Dip
Cayenne Hot Sauce Dip
Cheezy Cheddar Dip
Chipotle Cilantro Dip
Classic Caesar Dressing
Italian Garlic Dip
Italian Tomato Dip
Jalapeno Ranch Dip
I certainly look forward to trying this out.
Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta