Can dairy-free and pizza get along?
[The first part of the following blog entry was submitted by South Austin Mom and is published on her blog]
Homeslice Dairy-Free Pizza
(by South Austin Mom, whose son is allergic to dairy and nuts)
I finally mustered up the courage to have the kids try take-out pizza a couple of weeks ago. Talk about anxiety! Certain places we just don’t take our son into (ice cream parlors and pizzerias chief among them). I called Homeslice Pizza, my favorite neighborhood pizza joint, and informed them of my son’s food allergies and asked if they could make a pizza that was safe for him and they said yes! I quizzed them about cross-contamination and they assured me that they would flag the order with a food allergy alert and definitely use a clean pizza cutter. I even arrived early to pick up the pizza so that I could have another opportunity to remind them to take great care not to cross contaminate. Everyone at Homeslice was very friendly and the cashier even gave me a hi-five to celebrate my children’s first pizza.
When I arrived home, the kids were so excited to peer in the box and admire their sausage, mushroom and black olive pizza pie. The verdict? We all loved it! In fact, for those of us who can and love to eat cheese, we preferred this dairy-free pizza. The spices and flavors of all of the ingredients were amazing. Most importantly my son did not have an allergic reaction. Hooray for Homeslice Pizza!
Thank you, South Austin Mom, for sharing that. I too have found that my family can enjoy its pizza cravings without treating our dairy-allergic son any differently.
When my wife first suggested that we order a cheeseless pizza from our favorite take-out pizza place (Cosmos Caffe in Scituate, MA for a nice plug), I almost gasped! Cheeseless pizza? Hey, I’m a purist. I practically grew up on pizza (it shows). A cheeseless pizza just isn’t right. However… as always… my wife won the argument.
And how thrilled I am that she did! Not only does my dairy-allergic son love cheeseless, hamburger pizza, but my oldest son actually prefers this over “regular” pizza as well! Now, every time we order pizza, one is always a large cheeseless… and no one feels like they’re being treated differently.
Pizza has been a weekly ritual in our house for years and we’ve never had an allergic incident.
Kudos to Homslice Pizza in South Austin, TX and Cosmos Caffe in Scituate, MA!
So how about you? If you have a dairy allergy, have you tried cheeseless pizza? Would you consider it? Have you ever had a bad experience? Which other pizzerias deserve kudos for treating you right? Please share your thoughts with us by clicking Comments or Reply below.
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