FeaturesJune/July 2017 Issue

Gluten-Free Pizzeria-Style Pizza Recipes

Whether in Rome or at home, enjoy fresh gluten-free pizza!

streets of italy


Rome's streets are lined with restaurants and cafes, including plenty that serve gluten-free fare.

On a recent trip to Rome, I wandered the city’s cobblestone back streets in search of gluten-free pizza—and I didn’t have to look long. I quickly spotted Mama Frites–Sensa Glutine (without gluten) and ventured inside. Written in chalk on the restaurant’s wall was an enticing menu of southern Italian street food. It included pizza fritta—fried pizza dough splashed with tomato sauce and sprinkled with hard cheese—which I hadn’t tasted in 20 years. I was ready to eat!

When I last visited Rome (eight years ago), gluten-free offerings were slim. But today, the city sets an inviting table for gluten-free and food-allergic diners. There are plenty of pizzerias serving gluten-free pizza, pasta and even dessert.

Pizza is the soul food of Italy, part of the social fabric of daily life. It’s at the center of family meals, teen gatherings, professional lunches and late-night snacks. Smothered with sauce and fresh local toppings, the variations are innumerable—and delicious.

These recipes bring you the fresh taste of the very best pizzas in Rome, adapted for easy preparation at home.

Hearty Gluten-Free Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


Sorghum and millet flour make this a wholesome, whole-grain crust that’s crisp with a slightly nutty flavor. It’s a delicious base for your favorite toppings. Bake it in the oven or on a hot grill to make a perfect pie every time.

gluten free pizza dough recipe

Oksana Charla

Rustic Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 20–25 minutes


With roasted peppers, caramelized onions, Italian sausage, sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce and cheese, this rustic pizza is an Old World-style dish.

gluten free rustic style pizza

Tim Benko, Benko Photographics

Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 20–22 minutes


The grill is a great way to bake pizza without having to turn on the oven. This tasty, crisp pizza is authentically ItaliaRustin, similar to the best brick-oven pizzas in Rome. With a few simple steps, it’s hot and ready in just minutes. To make this pizza in your oven, follow the same procedure but bake in preheated oven at 400°F.

gluten free margherita pizza recipe

Oksana Charla

Gluten-Free White Pizza Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 20–25 minutes


Classic white pizza is a popular street food in Rome. Traditionally topped with sautéed onions and a finish of extra virgin olive oil and coarse salt, this dairy-free recipe calls for mushrooms and herbs for added flavor. Because the crust is a bit thick (like focaccia), this pizza does double duty as delicious table bread.

gluten free white pizza recipe

Oksana Charla

Fried Gluten-Free Pizza Appetizers

Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 4–6 minutes


This recipe is adapted from fried pizza dough served at Mama Frites in Rome. Mama Frites’ sourdough starter takes 24 hours to develop; this quicker version guarantees much faster results. Serve these fresh from the pan, topped with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. For a sweet treat, omit the tomato sauce and cheese and sprinkle with sugar.

gluten free fried dough

Tim Benko, Benko Photographics

Gluten-Free Inside-Out Pizza Bites

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


These crisp bites, a variation on those served at Voglia di Pizza in Rome, are popular in Italy’s capital city. Made with whipped potatoes dipped in egg wash and gluten-free breadcrumbs, they have an oozing center of fresh mozzarella cheese. For a dairy-free version, stuff them with sautéed eggplant, sausage or artichoke hearts.

gluten free pizza bites

Tim Benko, Benko Photographics

Contributor Mary Capone is author of The Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook (The Wheat Free Gourmet Press) and owner of Bella Gluten-Free, a company that produces healthy allergy-friendly baking mixes.

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