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CeliacChicks Around The World: Gluten-Free Pizza In Long Island At Villa Milano

4 Comments 29 July 2008

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Villa Milano
168 Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY
516.365.3440

Here is the latest scoop about gluten-free pizza in Long Island from one of our readers, Kristy Charbonneau:

Villamilanoglutenfreepizza4 "The owners names are John and Don, and they formerly owned Joe’s Pizza on Springfield Blvd. in Bayside, Queens. They have been operating as an allergy-friendly pizza parlor from the beginning, by not using any peanut oil in their cooking or anywhere in the restaurant (they use corn oil instead).  It wasn’t until recently that they started offering gluten-free pizza.  John and Don noticed that there were some families that would come in for dinner, and one of the children wouldn’t order any pizza.  Upon inquiring, they found out that these children were allergic to gluten. They set out to find a solution, and came across Still Riding Pizza, a gluten free pizza dough delivery service based in Connecticut.  Still Riding delivers the dough, and then Villa Milano adds the toppings and cooks the pizza so it is fresh out of the oven when you eat it.  They promise to keep the area where the gluten free pizza is prepared free of any flour.

They told me a story of a woman in her 50s who came in to the restaurant after hearing that they were offering gluten free pizza. After a couple of bites, the woman started to cry because she hadn’t had pizza in 30 years! She was so happy to be able to eat pizza again.

Villamilanoglutenfreepizza2_2 The pizza costs $14 and is absolutely delicious! Villa is a classic pizza parlor in the front and also has a full service restaurant in the back.  John and Don are happy to answer any questions.  I HIGHLY recommend this pizza to anyone who is allergic to gluten and misses pizza.  It tastes the best when it is right out of the oven (just like most pizza), but it is still good if you refrigerate it overnight and reheat it.

Manhasset is 30 minutes outside of the city on the Long Island Rail Road, and this pizza parlor is about a 5 minute walk from the train station.  By car, it is exits 34 – 36 on the Long Island Expressway."

Thank you for reporting on this, Kristy! And thank you, John and Don, for making gluten-free pizza!

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    Elliot says:

    If you live somewhere you can get these frozen pizza shells, they rock. They don’t taste quite like a real pizza, but in some ways I think they are even better.
    http://www.chebe.com/

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    Nicole says:

    More places on Long Island that have GF pizza:

    Mr. Micelli;s in Rockville Centre
    Broadway Pizza in Greenlawn
    Mama’s in Oakdale

    and to order there is Joan’s Gluten Free Baked Goods.

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    erica says:

    WOW!
    I’m definitely going to try this pizza! It sounds and looks so amazing! I know the Manhasset area very well; I’m formerly from LI, now living in Manhattan. How awesome and exciting to know there’s a place in the area that makes fresh GF pizza! Thank you so much for sharing this with other Celiacs. I love this website. I’ve learned/experienced so much good/delish GF info/food/restaurants.
    I can relate to how that woman felt when she cried after having the GF pizza. I felt that way a few years ago when I had my first GF pizza from FOODS BY GEORGE. I cried also and was so grateful for it. I enjoy FBG pizza—I think its very, very good, especially since its frozen!!! I wonder how FBG pizza (which is the only GF pizza Ive known from for 10 years now) compares to this pizza… Cant wait to find out!!! Quick question: Although the pizza is GF and Im sure they take lots of precautions to avoid cross contamination, is it safe to eat food baked in the same oven as regular food? Is the oven still contaminated since non GF pizza has cooked in there, or is the air/environment considered safe at that temperature? I was just wondering???

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    Gail says:

    They also have GF pizza at DaVinci’s in Island Park. My daughter eats it all the time and loves it.


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