Being gluten-free in a pizza-loving city can be a challenge – but it’s getting easier. More restaurants in Chicago are offering gluten-free pizza, and I found a few that are delicious.
Here are the five best gluten-free pizzas I’ve found in Chicago.
Check them out and let me know if you’ve found others that should make the list. Note: Be sure to ask your server about cross contamination if you’re following a strict gluten-free diet.
#1 Chicago's Pizza - Multiple North Side locations
3114 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
The secret gluten-free pizza dough recipe at Chicago's Pizza rivals the restaurant's original crust. It can be used to create any kind of pizza -- even deep dish! I suggest ordering the deep dish Spinach Special. Chicago's Pizza even makes gluten-free calzones and stuffed pizza with buttery, flaky crust. Also, if you get the late-night munchies, they will deliver on Fridays and Saturdays until 3:00 am.
Price: $13-$18 for a small thin crust
#2 Francesca’s on Chestnut - Gold Coast
200 E. Chestnut Street, Suite C 100, Chicago, IL 60611
Francesca’s offers a variety of rustic Italian cuisine, and you can get their margarita pizza gluten free. This is the only gluten-free pizza option, but with the fresh basil and a generous amount of sauce -- it ’s pretty good. Francesca’s has a few locations, but the Gold Coast location has a downstairs area, and that’s where I like to eat. The cozy brick setting makes you feel like you are dining in someone’s wine cellar. If you prefer a more formal “white tablecloth” scene, sit on the main level.
#3 Tre soldi - Streeterville
212 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
A block away from Michigan Avenue is Tre Soldi, a Roman-inspired restaurant. It offers 14 different kinds of gluten-free pizza and gluten-free pasta. I’m a huge fan of the funghi pizza, which includes mushrooms, black truffles, and Cacio de Roma (semi-soft cheese made from goat’s milk.) Tre Soldi offers outdoor seating when the weather is nice.
Price: $17 for lunch, $19 for dinner.
#4 Lou Malnati’s - Multiple downtown locations
439 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654
If you’re visiting Chicago, odds are whoever you’re with wants to eat deep-dish pizza, and while you cannot get gluten-free deep-dish, you can still eat at Chicago’s famous pizzerias like Lou Malnati’s. If you’re a fan of sausage, you can get a “crustless” pizza, which uses a sausage patty as the base. I prefer the “Lou” which has gluten-free crust and veggies.
Price: $15-$17.50 for a small
#5 Girodano’s - Multiple downtown locations
130 E Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601
Giordano’s gluten-free pizza is so good, my gluten-eating friends even say it’s delicious! Giordano’s is another famous spot for Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, but their gluten-free options are so tasty there’s no need to be jealous. This location is across the street from Millennium Park, but there are other downtown locations including at Navy Pier and the Gold Coast.
Price: $15-$17.50 for a small
By the way, in the video above, I showcase five gluten-free pizzas in Chicago. However, since recording the video, Osteria La Madia in River North closed its doors -- after a decade of serving delicious gluten-free pizzas! Still, there are plenty of places for a great gluten-free pie in Chicago, so I hope you find something to satisfy your craving.
Let me know what other good gluten-free pizza you’ve found in Chicago in the comments section below!
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