Brixx Wood Fired Pizza: GF Pizza & Beer

Where: Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, multiple locations across North Carolina and the southeast (I visited the 501 Meadowmont Village Cir, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 location.)

GF Menu: Yes! Click HERE to view it online.

What I ate: Gluten-Free Greek Pizza

How to order it: Ask for the Gluten-Free menu. The list of available GF pizzas is long. I counted fifteen, including a classic pepperoni. (FYI, did you know that not all pepperoni is gluten-free? Brixx has us covered, though. The chefs use Hormel’s GF pepperoni.)

Since each of the pizzas on this list can be cooked to order as regular or gluten-free, be sure to remind your server that you want the gluten-free version when you place your order.

The GF menu offers the following information:

We’re proud to offer options for those on gluten-free diets by necessity or choice. Please let your server know of any dietary restrictions you have or if you would like additional information about our gluten-free kitchen procedures and ingredients (updated 5/12/14).

At the bottom of this menu, they go on to describe in meticulous detail the careful process with which they handle GF pizzas in their kitchen. Their website also states:

At Brixx, we we’re all about equality. So, we’re proud to offer all of our pizzas on gluten-free dough for an additional $2. While our pizzas aren’t created in a completely gluten-free environment, each gluten-free pizza is prepared and cooked in its own container. Here’s a link to an ingredient sheet on our gluten-free dough.
Though I didn’t order one when I visited, every Brixx location carries at least one GF bottled beer. On the GF menu, they encourage you to “ask your neighborhood location about their latest gluten-free brew or make a suggestion!”

What it looks like:

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This pizza arrived hot out of the oven on its own thin metal pie pan (used to avoid cross contamination in the wood brick oven). It featured sliced roma tomatoes, mozzarella, kalamata olives, red onions, and feta cheese topped with fresh basil and a balsamic glaze drizzle.

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I’m pleased to report that this pizza passed the eat-with-my-hands test! When I picked up a slice, this thin and surprisingly crunchy crust stayed firm, supporting the fresh ingredients. The slices never became soggy, but stayed crisp and light. This is one of the better GF pizza crusts I have tasted. It was crispy, buttery-tasting, and more salty than sweet, as a pizza crust should be, with the hint of woody smokiness only achieved in a wood-burning brick oven.

Green Note: The Chapel Hill Brixx location offers reusable carry-out bags for $1, encouraging us to “buy a bag for two great causes: save the planet and get a nifty reusable bag.” Why carry your own bag? A statistic on igotmybag.org tells us: “Each year the United States consumes 30 billion plastic and 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring 14 million trees and 12 million barrels of oil.

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Vivace: Al Fresco

Where: Vivace, Raleigh, NC. There is also a Vivace Charlotte location, with a Gluten-Free Menu.

GF Menu: Yes! Click HERE and you can see it online.

What I ate: Steamed P.E.I Mussels (Antipasti) + Fennel Crusted Salmon (Secondi)

How to order it: Ask the server for the GF Menu. Select. Eat.

What it looks like:

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The Prince Edward Island Mussels (not pictured here) were enough to share and come with roasted tomatoes and garlic (no bread).

This salmon is lightly pan seared, yielding a crispy exterior. There are hints of fennel and rosemary in every bite. The chickpeas and artichokes are a savory, textural trampoline for the fish.

Encouraged by all the glittering options on the dinner menu, I asked to see the GF Dessert Menu. There isn’t one! You can, however, order a scoop of gelato (minus the cookie). Maybe by the time you visit Vivace, Dear Reader, there will be a few more GF options. If so, please tell us about them! I just learned that Vivace makes their own limoncello (made from lemon rinds, sugar water, and vodka). I may order that for dessert next time!

Green Note: Pining to spend more time outside? Vivace’s outdoor patio is open during all business hours. The bar inside the restaurant opens onto the patio, producing the sense of an open-air Italian piazza.

Want to reduce your carbon footprint by consuming fewer meats? In addition to a Gluten-Free Menu, Vivace features a Vegetarian/Pescaterian Menu.  The “Low Carbon Diet” states: “meat and other products (such as cheese) from ruminant animals such as cows, sheep and goats, are the cause of half of the food system’s overall contribution to climate change. Whether it comes from near or far, meat and cheese are “high-carbon foods.”

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