Where: Lilly’s Pizza, 1813 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608-2323 and 810 West Peabody Street, Durham, NC 27701
GF Menu: Sort of…Just one line from the regular menu states:
“Gluten Free Pies: Lilly’s proudly serves a 10″ gluten-free option for any of our pies. We hope you enjoy! $2 additional.”
What I ate: A Gluten-Free Cow Tipper Pizza
How to order it: Walk up to the order counter, check out the list of more than a dozen possible Pizza Pie options on the menu, and select one that tickles your fancy.
Crust: All GF crusts at Lilly’s are currently 10-inch crusts. When I asked whether they make their own crusts, the server explained that they do. Lilly’s chefs prepare them on a special blue cutting board (on which they never cut anything else), freeze their crusts in individual boxes, then bake their dough in-house.
Toppings: Be sure to ask the server whether all of the ingredients you have selected are Gluten-Free. When I visited, the server explained that some of their toppings, such as the Portobello, Thai Sauce, Chicken, Hummus, and Meatballs were not currently Gluten-Free. You will need to investigate to be sure.
What it looks like:
Homemade organic tomato sauce, mozzarella, all-natural ground beef, black olives, parmesan & feta graciously topped one of the most delicious, surprisingly thick, and best darned Gluten-Free pizza crusts I have tasted.
I just had to take a close-up shot so you could see how thick and fluffy this crust was. It was crispy! The ingredients were so well-blended, too; I didn’t get an overwhelming garbanzo bean/ tapioca/ brown rice flour taste that can be typical of a few other GF pizza crusts. It also had “oomph” – meaning it held up well when eaten by the slice; the ingredients stayed firmly planted on a crust that never became flimsy. This one was a winner.
Green Note: Lilly’s knows that good taste is directly linked to good ingredients. These lines are taken from their website:
Both the dough and tomato sauce are handmade daily from the finest organic ingredients. Served with wisconsin, independently-farmed whole milk mozzarella.
All of our Chicken and Beef toppings are cut fresh to order and are completely natural; NO antibiotics, hormones, coloring agents, or preservatives. And in our store, drink pure NC spring water.
A Raleigh institution since 1993, Lilly’s is locally-owned, has outdoor seating, and promotes local artists.