When was the last time any of us had a pizza that actually made us forget how much we miss the "real" pizza experience and all it's conveniences? Maybe it's just me, but I've become obsessed with the search for a better than adequate gluten-free pizza crust. While I appreciate the ever-increasing availability of gluten-free pizza options, over the last two years I've tried a few pre-made crusts and mixes and found none that have come anywhere close to neutralizing my cravings for The Works at Papa J's.
Last week I decided to try the gluten-free crust from Still Riding Pizza, which can be ordered individually or in bulk online and shipped to your door. The crusts arrived within two days of ordering and were individually packaged for convenience. The crust diameter is 12 inches and is about a half an inch thick, plenty of room for a reasonable assortment of toppings. After 15 minutes at 500F on the rack (my oven is a bit underpowered, so you may need less time), the crust was adequately crispy throughout. While it doesn't have the doughy texture that I prefer, the crust from Still Riding Pizza tastes great and holds up well to baking, cutting and reheating. Overall, a great alternative!
On a related note, Still Riding Pizza is the distributor for Mellow Mushroom's gluten-free dough. I contacted Mellow Mushroom recently for more information on their GF crust and here's what Chris McIntyre, the Mellow Mushroom Operations Field Rep, had to say:
"The answer is yes, Still Riding distributes our GF Dough for us but it is exclusive to our restaurants. We went through many taste tests and came up with our own recipe for the dough. So the dough Still Riding makes for us is not able to be purchased except from our company."
I am working on a review of the gluten-free pizza at Mellow Mushroom, but in the meantime I would love to hear from everyone reading this (there must be someone out there.......). What's your favorite crust, restaurant, etc?