Gluten Free at Maria’s Italian Eatery

I spend a lot of time in the North Carolina mountains and always struggle with where to eat during these road trips. Recently I was on my way back from Asheville (where there are TONS of gluten free options) and used my trusted Find Me Gluten Free app to see other options along Interstate 40. One suggestion in Morganton, NC was Maria’s Italian Eatery. It had good reviews posted on the app, so I figured I’d give it a shot, and I’m so glad I did!

Maria's Italian Eatery

Maria’s Italian Eatery

Maria’s reminds me a lot of a pizza chain called CiCi’s Pizza where we used to eat a lot when I was little. They have appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, special order pizzas, pasta, and an extensive pizza buffet. Maria’s does not have a gluten free menu, but they do offer 8″, 10″, 12″, and 14″ gluten free crust pizzas at an additional cost of $2.00. We ordered the 14″ Deluxe pizza which typically includes pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, ham, bacon, onion, mushroom, green pepper, and black and green olives. I’m a meat lover, but I don’t like onions, mushrooms, green peppers, or olives so I asked that they leave those off.

Deluxe Gluten Free Pizza

Deluxe Gluten Free Pizza

Slice of gluten free pizza

The pizza was excellent. It was piled very high with toppings, and easily rivals the pizza at Mellow Mushroom which is my favorite pizza chain.

I highly recommend you check out Maria’s Italian Eatery for their gluten free pizza if you’re ever in the Morganton, NC area!



Pizza Hut’s Big Gluten Free News

If you follow any gluten free blogs or Facebook pages, then you probably saw this morning’s news that Pizza Hut will begin selling gluten free pizza on January 26 in 2,400 of their 6,300 restaurants nationwide. Perhaps the biggest news for those of us with celiac disease is that Pizza Hut will be the first major pizza chain to sell certified gluten free pizza. Pizza Hut has partnered with Udi’s Gluten Free Foods and the Gluten Intolerance Group that verifies safe gluten free food. The pizzas will all be 10 inches with 6 slices and sell for $9.99.


The article goes on to talk about the extra precautions that they will take for each gluten free pizza. You guys know that I’m a big pizza lover, and Pizza Hut was one of my favorites growing up. I have written about my love for several pizza chains who offer gluten free options including Mellow Mushroom, California Pizza Kitchen, and Fuel. My question to you is this: will you try Pizza Hut’s new gluten free pizza or will you be too afraid of cross contamination?