A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of receiving an invite from Sauce Pizza & Wine to come check out their new gluten-free pizza and menu options. They also allowed me to invite some gluten-free bloggers and let’s just say we had a great time. I was joined by Celiac and the Beast, Gluten-Free Calendar, Bent But Not Broken, Can I Eat Here and some gluten-free friends.
The night started with drinks all around and I enjoyed a nice Malbec from the bar. The entire evening was perfectly planned out and explained by Jessica, who was our server. Valerie, the General Manager of the Scottsdale Waterfront location also talked to us about our safety concerns since most of us have celiac disease. We actually made a few suggestions and they were very accommodating. The wait staff informed us that they like to interview the guests, talk to them about their food allergies and severity. This goes a really long way in my opinion about Sauce’s concern with food allergies.
Since I’m currently on the paleo diet I wasn’t able to try a lot of the pizza but I did have a very fresh salad and a bite of the cheese-less pizza. I ordered the turkey and feta salad minus the feta. The lettuce was crisp, everything tasted fresh and it was honestly one of the best salads that I’ve ever had. I used oil and vinegar for the dressing.
In regards to the pizzas, here is some vital information directly from the restaurant. “The gluten-free pizza crusts are made by Venice Bakery which is a third-generation, family-owned bakery located in El Segundo, CA. The gluten-free crusts are one of the few items that are not made from scratch at Sauce. This is because Sauce sources the gluten-free crusts from a reputable, artisan bakery certified by the Celiac Sprue Association. All the fresh pizza crusts are packaged individually and are not opened until the customer orders it. This is their solution to reduce cross-contamination issues.” They are cooked in a separate part of the oven, a screen is used and everything is handled with different utensils.
All I can say was everyone raved about the artichoke heart and tomato gluten-free pizza although I didn’t have any. I saw smiles all around the table which pretty much told the story. Overall, I was extremely impressed with Sauce’s desire to offer gluten-free options. As always, I highly recommend taking your normal precautions when dining out. I was told that all locations have been through training and can accommodate but as you already know you should never let your guard down.
For those of you that hopefully read the entire post, I will be giving away three $25.00 gift cards that can be used at any of their locations. To be eligible to win, you can “like” my Fan Page Rock a Healthy Lifestyle, “like” Sauce Pizza & Wine Fan Page, share the blog on Twitter but you must include the following two handles @KenScheer and @SaucePizzaWine and if you already liked my Fan Page feel free to write on the wall telling us why you deserve one of the gift cards. For extra credit you can write a comment on the blog post too. All entries must be in by Friday, February 22nd by 12pm PST. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 25th.
Disclaimer – I was not compensated by Sauce or required to do a review. I’m doing this on my own account and sharing my opinions on the experience at Sauce Pizza Wine.