Sunday, November 30, 2014

Best Gluten Free Pizzas in Edinburgh

Just because you are diagnosed with any intolerance or allergy does not mean you have to resort to eating rubbish.  It also does not mean you need only buy food from the Free From shelves or eat ready made meals.  Similarly it also does not mean you have to eat in whole food restaurants and live on mushrooms.  Life goes on and a good life always includes pizza.  Whether it is a Sunday night family meal out or a quick hit pizza delivery, there are plenty of options in Edinburgh to eat pizza and eat it well. 

We have a long history of Scots Italians and they are some of the most dynamic and creative people, particularly when it comes to food!  So do not eat rubbish, eat wonderful Italian pizzas!

Here is a scoop up of some of the best gluten free pizza in Edinburgh:

La Favorita
350 Morningside Road – 0131 447 4000
325-331 Leith Walk – 0131 555 5564

La Favorita is part of the Vittoria family: a range of restaurants around the city including family-focused classics and the highly recommended Divino Enoteca (wait for a review).  La Favorita is the pizzeria element and there is one restaurant on Leith Walk and a delivery option in Morningside.  In my view these are the best delivered gluten free pizzas in town.  They also do GF pasta and some desserts.

28-30 Grassmarket
0131 225 6464

Mamma’s is a bit of an Edinburgh institution: well packed tables, well priced and speedy service.  Italians seem to do gluten free well and Mamma’s is no exception.  This is a nice restaurant with Italian style take-it-or-leave-it service, but usually with a smile.  A good spot for a relaxed meal when in town.

Pizza Express
restaurants all over town, see website for details

Pizza Express needs little or no introduction: a good, well thought out chain offering quality food, friendly and efficient service and an ever-changing vibrant menu.  Look on the website and you will see that Pizza Express has a full (and extensive!) GF menu.  The pizza is good and is as good as the non GF one.  This is a family favourite for us and I remain delighted by the options on offer.  No complaints!  (look out for a review soon)

Victor and Carina Contini Restorante
103 George Street – 0131 225 1550

Formerly known as Centotre, this Edinburgh lovely is a superb restaurant offering the best in Italian cooking and style.  Rebranded to fit within the expanding Contini empire, it is no less impressive and continues to charm with the choices and quality of food offered.  GF options are really clearly marked and the pizza is, naturally, extremely good.  I choose Contini again and again, whether for a meeting over coffee, a Christmas dinner or a business lunch.

Contini also runs the lovely Scottish Café within the National Galleries and the new Cannonball Café on Castlehill – each of these also has gluten free options, though not necessarily pizza!  They are all worth visiting.

18-19 Union Place – 0131 556 6590
23 Union Place – 0131 556 7771
1 Commercial Street, Leith – 0131 554 5272

Family friendly, bustling and with a charming 70s kind of vibe, Giuliano’s is another Edinburgh institution offering classic Italian cooking.  When my children were small, this place was perfect: I am not sure if they still do this, but they used to let little people go into the kitchen and create their own pizza – a real hit with a 5 year old.  A Sunday lunch at Giuliano’s was always on the cards when family came to stay or when someone had a birthday.  Loud and crass music, waiters in waistcoats and gluten free options.  A good place if you have a child coeliac!

A few other options: Gusto, George Street; Zizzi’s, Ocean Terminal and around town. Plus, I am told that both Pizza Hut and Dominos offer gluten free options, but who would want to eat those when these delights are on offer?!

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