With locations in Belmont, Cambridge and Needham, MA, Stonehearth Pizza is a sure bet for those of us avoiding gluten! We really appreciate the large variety of gluten-free menu choices listed within the standard menu and we also appreciate their efforts to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. The menu includes appetizers, salads, pasta, pizza and desserts! How about Bard’s Tale beer or Original Sin hard cider to go with your meal? Yes, they have that too! Six tempting salad choices are available and all of the dressings are gluten-free and the vinaigrettes are dairy-free as well. Tinkyada rice pasta is used for the pasta dishes and the meatballs (contain dairy) are gluten-free too! On our visit we enjoyed the nitrate-free pepperoni pizza. The gluten-free pizza crust was thin and delicious and also dairy-free (contains egg and soy lecithin). There are four gluten-free signature pizzas available. The toppings for these are kept in a dedicated gluten-free area of the kitchen. However, other toppings are also naturally gluten-free and some gluten-free customers choose to eat these as well, once they understand the extent of precautions the staff maintains to prevent cross-contamination.
To get a better idea of these precautions, Stonehearth’s Jonathan Schwarz graciously filled me in. Only rice flour is used to stretch the standard and gluten-free pizza dough. This eliminates air-born wheat flour in the oven and on the topping options out on the line. The gluten-free pizzas are baked in their own pan and specially designated gluten-free pizza cutters and pasta utensils are used.
Aside from having a marvelous gluten-free menu, Stonehearth Pizza is also known for being an environmentally concious restaurant where local and organic foods shine. We’ll definitely be back for another visit!
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