Pizza Luce has some of the best pizza in all of Minneapolis. At least that’s what I’ve heard from friends and family. For the longest time I couldn’t tell you what Pizza Luce pizza tastes like because I’m gluten intolerant, which means no yummy pizza crust, no regular pasta…what’s a good Italian girl to do???
Well, there are several brands of gluten-free (GF) pasta that can be found in specialty shops, co-ops and even some regular ol’ city grocery stores, when the market demands. GF pasta is actually pretty tasty if it’s made correctly; it usually takes ~16-18 minutes to fully cook, versus the comparatively brief 8-10 minute boil demanded by wheat pasta. Those new to GF cooking (i.e., well-meaning friends who want to include me in the menu! You guys rock!) often under-cook, which produces a mushy on the outside, crunchy in the middle noodle. But it’s not their fault! Remember: Love the pasta-maker, hate the GF pasta.
So, I’ve got the pasta covered. And now, after a trial period of Wednesday night GF offerings, Pizza Luce is offering a full-service gluten-free menu all week long! At the downtown Mpls and St. Paul locations, one can find a plethora of GF products – and not just the usual bready stuff one would expect. Sure the pizza crust is GF, but so are the dips, the dipping breads, the appetizers (GF bruschetta…mmmm…) the pizza toppings, the desserts – everything is sans gluten!
The yummiest and most unexpected item we had at Pizza Luce were the mini-loaves that were served with the GF artichoke dip. Soft GF breads are really difficult to make; it’s gluten that gives bread that soft, chewy consistency, and breads made with rice, potato, tapioca, sorghum flours tend to be compact, heavy and thick. But these loaves were divine – Even the Hubby and best friend couldn’t tell that they were gluten-free.
The breads, flours, etc. come from Cooqi, a specialty gluten-free bakery located in St. Paul.
So congratulations to Pizza Luce and Cooqi, for their collaboration and for turning out a comprehensive and high-quality GF pizza menu!
Of course, when you want to eat your left-overs at work, make sure you bring the box that contains your GF pizza, instead of the Hubby’s gluten-laden pie. grumble grumble grumble.