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15 Places For Gluten-Free Pizza in the Bay Area

They don’t even taste like cardboard anymore

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Of all the indignities forced upon those who have to give up gluten, perhaps none is worse than having to say goodbye to pizza. But gluten-free pizza crust has entered the mainstream in recent years, so the gluten-intolerant can easily find pies all over the Bay Area. Not all gluten-free crusts are created equal though — some can taste like straight-up cardboard. Here are 15 pizza restaurants baking the best gluten-free pies. (Fair warning: Ordering a GF pizza usually adds a surcharge of $2 to $6.)

For those with multiple intolerances, we've also noted when they offer vegan cheese. Please note that while these crusts are gluten-free, cross-contamination with glutinous ingredients is a risk in many of these kitchens. We recommend calling the restaurant in advance if you have celiac disease.

For gluten lovers, here are the essential pizzas of San Francisco and the East Bay.

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Pizza Antica

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The four locations of this pizzeria (Mill Valley, San Jose, Lafayette, and Danville) take GF eaters seriously, with a separate gluten-free menu that lists several pies. They boast fancy toppings on a crust made by East Bay gluten-free bakery Mariposa.

The Pizza Place on Noriega

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Surfers and skaters head to this Outer Sunset spot for tons of gluten-free options, including sweet potato steak fries, beer, and, of course, pizza. Cooked in a brick oven, each pie takes a minimum of 25-30 minutes, so expect to dine on island time. Folks who are gluten-free and vegan should beeline for the Timmy’s Pie (vegan pesto, roasted potatoes, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, mini tomatoes).

Escape From New York Pizza

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With six locations across San Francisco, Escape From New York can make any of its thin-crust pies gluten-free, though they only come in the 14-inch size. Best of all, you can get these GF pizzas delivered for free.

Bambino's Ristorante

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A Cole Valley institution, Bambino's offers a personal-sized gluten-free pie ($10.95), which can be built with your choice of nearly 30 toppings. Corn, jalapeño, shrimp, leeks, and smoked salmon are some of the more unusual options, but they also have all the standards, of course.

Delarosa

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Delarosa can make any of its thin, crispy, Roman-style pies gluten-free. (And since gluten-free crusts tend to also be thin and crispy, the difference between them is a little less noticeable.) Enjoy classic Italian, meat-centric toppings like spicy fennel sausage, prosciutto, and coppa. Find GF pies at Delarosa’s Financial District location, too.

Gialina

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When cozy Gialina opened in Glen Park more than a decade ago, it earned a following for its Atomica, a crispy pie with tomato, chilies, mushrooms, and mozzarella. Now, gluten-free diners can experience the Atomica for just $2 extra — or any of Gialina’s other tasty pizzas, topped with the likes of figs, wild nettles, lemon, or truffle cheese.

Patxi's Pizza

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Palo Alto-based, Chicago-style pizza mini-chain Patxi’s has five locations in SF, four in the South Bay, and three in the East Bay — and you can snag a thin gluten-free crust at any of them. (Unfortunately, the gluten-free master bakers have yet to figure out how to make GF crust stable enough for deep dish pies.) Patxi’s also stands out for its wealth of vegan pizza options.

Mozzeria

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The Mission’s deaf-owned restaurant not only churns out pristine, wood-fired Neapolitan pies but also GF versions of its popular margherita and peking duck pizzas, so no one has to miss out.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

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Tony Gemignani, master of pizza styles, has unsurprisingly developed a gluten-free crust, which he bakes in a 500-degree gas oven for a basic build-your-own version. While GF eaters can’t try every single style of pizza on his enormous menu, Gemignani offers gluten-free crusts on his classic American pizzas (cooked in a 550-degree flat top brick oven) and classic Italian pizzas (cooked in 650-700 degree domed brick oven).

Hot Italian

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Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, it’s immediately clear that Hot Italian put a lot of effort into its gluten-free dough. The Stella (pictured) is a particularly good pie, with prosciutto, mushrooms, crescenza cheese, and an egg.

The Cheeseboard Pizza

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Before you join the line outside, march up to the counter and announce your intentions of ordering a gluten-free pizza. That way, the staff will start baking your pizza while you wait to officially order and pay, and you’ll be far less grumpy later. Cheeseboard makes its gluten-free dough in-house, and you can order freshly baked pies or light bakes to finish off at home. As with other Cheeseboard pizza, there’s only one set of toppings per day, and it’s always vegetarian.

Lucia's Berkeley

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Lucia’s co-owner Steven Dumain has celiac, so the restaurant put far more effort into its gluten-free pizza dough than most places. The team uses an unusual Swiss washing process to remove the gluten from a special wheat flour, and the resulting high-hydration dough gets blistered and chewy in the 900-degree wood oven. It looks positively glutinous.

Jupiter

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Gluten-free and vegan options abound at Jupiter, Berkeley’s friendly and lush beer garden. Pies are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven and see an eclectic mix of toppings, such as spicy ’nduja and pickled jalapeños or shrimp and scallions.

Jules Thin Crust

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Given the high surcharges on gluten-free pies around the Bay Area, Jules Thin Crust easily presents the best deal, with gluten-free crusts only costing 25 to 50 cents extra. Jules makes its own gluten-free dough and rolls it out extra thin. The toppings options are vast, including a lot of vegetarian and vegan combos. GF folks can also pick up crusts for pizza-making parties at home.

The Star on Grand

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To be clear, we’re recommending Little Star Pizza, The Star, and Blue Line Pizza — all owned by the same people and dishing out more or less the same pizza in locations all over the Bay Area. And they all offer solid gluten-free crusts in addition to options for vegans and folks with other dietary needs.

Pizza Antica

The four locations of this pizzeria (Mill Valley, San Jose, Lafayette, and Danville) take GF eaters seriously, with a separate gluten-free menu that lists several pies. They boast fancy toppings on a crust made by East Bay gluten-free bakery Mariposa.

The Pizza Place on Noriega

Surfers and skaters head to this Outer Sunset spot for tons of gluten-free options, including sweet potato steak fries, beer, and, of course, pizza. Cooked in a brick oven, each pie takes a minimum of 25-30 minutes, so expect to dine on island time. Folks who are gluten-free and vegan should beeline for the Timmy’s Pie (vegan pesto, roasted potatoes, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, mini tomatoes).

Escape From New York Pizza

With six locations across San Francisco, Escape From New York can make any of its thin-crust pies gluten-free, though they only come in the 14-inch size. Best of all, you can get these GF pizzas delivered for free.

Bambino's Ristorante

A Cole Valley institution, Bambino's offers a personal-sized gluten-free pie ($10.95), which can be built with your choice of nearly 30 toppings. Corn, jalapeño, shrimp, leeks, and smoked salmon are some of the more unusual options, but they also have all the standards, of course.

Delarosa

Delarosa can make any of its thin, crispy, Roman-style pies gluten-free. (And since gluten-free crusts tend to also be thin and crispy, the difference between them is a little less noticeable.) Enjoy classic Italian, meat-centric toppings like spicy fennel sausage, prosciutto, and coppa. Find GF pies at Delarosa’s Financial District location, too.

Gialina

When cozy Gialina opened in Glen Park more than a decade ago, it earned a following for its Atomica, a crispy pie with tomato, chilies, mushrooms, and mozzarella. Now, gluten-free diners can experience the Atomica for just $2 extra — or any of Gialina’s other tasty pizzas, topped with the likes of figs, wild nettles, lemon, or truffle cheese.

Patxi's Pizza

Palo Alto-based, Chicago-style pizza mini-chain Patxi’s has five locations in SF, four in the South Bay, and three in the East Bay — and you can snag a thin gluten-free crust at any of them. (Unfortunately, the gluten-free master bakers have yet to figure out how to make GF crust stable enough for deep dish pies.) Patxi’s also stands out for its wealth of vegan pizza options.

Mozzeria

The Mission’s deaf-owned restaurant not only churns out pristine, wood-fired Neapolitan pies but also GF versions of its popular margherita and peking duck pizzas, so no one has to miss out.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Tony Gemignani, master of pizza styles, has unsurprisingly developed a gluten-free crust, which he bakes in a 500-degree gas oven for a basic build-your-own version. While GF eaters can’t try every single style of pizza on his enormous menu, Gemignani offers gluten-free crusts on his classic American pizzas (cooked in a 550-degree flat top brick oven) and classic Italian pizzas (cooked in 650-700 degree domed brick oven).

Hot Italian

Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, it’s immediately clear that Hot Italian put a lot of effort into its gluten-free dough. The Stella (pictured) is a particularly good pie, with prosciutto, mushrooms, crescenza cheese, and an egg.

The Cheeseboard Pizza

Before you join the line outside, march up to the counter and announce your intentions of ordering a gluten-free pizza. That way, the staff will start baking your pizza while you wait to officially order and pay, and you’ll be far less grumpy later. Cheeseboard makes its gluten-free dough in-house, and you can order freshly baked pies or light bakes to finish off at home. As with other Cheeseboard pizza, there’s only one set of toppings per day, and it’s always vegetarian.

Lucia's Berkeley

Lucia’s co-owner Steven Dumain has celiac, so the restaurant put far more effort into its gluten-free pizza dough than most places. The team uses an unusual Swiss washing process to remove the gluten from a special wheat flour, and the resulting high-hydration dough gets blistered and chewy in the 900-degree wood oven. It looks positively glutinous.

Jupiter

Gluten-free and vegan options abound at Jupiter, Berkeley’s friendly and lush beer garden. Pies are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven and see an eclectic mix of toppings, such as spicy ’nduja and pickled jalapeños or shrimp and scallions.

Jules Thin Crust

Given the high surcharges on gluten-free pies around the Bay Area, Jules Thin Crust easily presents the best deal, with gluten-free crusts only costing 25 to 50 cents extra. Jules makes its own gluten-free dough and rolls it out extra thin. The toppings options are vast, including a lot of vegetarian and vegan combos. GF folks can also pick up crusts for pizza-making parties at home.

The Star on Grand

To be clear, we’re recommending Little Star Pizza, The Star, and Blue Line Pizza — all owned by the same people and dishing out more or less the same pizza in locations all over the Bay Area. And they all offer solid gluten-free crusts in addition to options for vegans and folks with other dietary needs.

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