Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Uno Chicago Grill Offers Gluten-Free

Uno Chicago Grill on Tuesday said they would speed up the national rollout of new gluten-free pizzas after strong consumer demand during market tests of the products.
Uno officials said the gluten-free option has received a particularly positive reaction from guests who suffer from celiac disease, which causes an intolerance to gluten, as well as others who have an allergy or need to avoid eating wheat. The new pizzas, available with cheese or pepperoni toppings, have been tested at locations in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

“Consumer reaction was so positive, and the chatter so strong on gluten-free blogs and websites, that our restaurants began receiving requests to carry the new pizza,” said Richard Hendrie, senior vice president of marketing for Boston-based Uno. “Because the demand was so strong, we decided to pull out all the stops to get the gluten-free pizza into our 200-plus stores as quickly as possible.”, said Nation’s Restaurant News.

For us consumers Bob’s Red Mill has an easy gluten-free pizza crustin a package that makes 2-12” pizza crusts. In addition they offer a starter pack of six items, all gluten-free, available on their website.

Locally Mike Hackett owner of Casa Sorrento Pizza in Salinas has added a wheat crust pizza, while Pat Ottone, owner of Lallapalooza, Elli's Great American, and the Lallagrill has been experimenting with a gluten-free pizza crust on the menu.

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