Where To Find the Best Gluten-Free Pizza in Delray Beach
Where are all my gluten-free friends?! If you have a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease, or simply prefer to lead a gluten-free life, but still crave a slice (or two…) of pizza, you’re in the right place.
Navigating the world of gluten-free options when it comes to pizza can be challenging. Thankfully, there are quite a few restaurants in Delray Beach that have made it much easier with crispy crusts, delicious toppings, and even vegan cheese for those who also prefer dairy free.
Ready to explore a few of my favorite gluten-free pizza Delray Beach spots? Take notes — you’re going to want to visit all three of these restaurants as soon as possible.
Most Unique: Mama’s Up All Nite
25 NE 2nd Avenue
Mama’s Up All Nite specializes in New York-style pizza, with a recipe that has been passed down from father to son and used since the 1960s. The owner, Bobby, has tons of energy and an apparent love for his craft that he loves to share with others. It’s the only late-night pizza spot (with delivery too) in the area, open 7 days a week, from 11am until 3am.
While Mama’s standard pies (i.e., not gluten free) are either thin crust or Sicilian, the gluten-free crust is super thick and fluffy, like focaccia, which is probably my favorite type of bread. It’s soft and chewy with pillow pockets on the inside, but the bottom is crisp and sturdy, so you can pile on those toppings without worry. The gluten-free crust can be used for any of the pies available at Mama’s, although it is not available by-the-slice.
So what makes Mama’s Up All Nite’s pizza so unique? The toppings! There are 14 speciality pies available, 3 of which are totally vegan. Bobby makes a plant-based cheese using a blend of 5 different vegan cheeses, and you can swap out regular cheese on any of the pies if that is your preference.
The most unique pie on the menu is the Mashed Potato. It’s a white pie with a mix of mozzarella and grated Parmigiana Romano, topped with heaping dollops of potato purée and drizzled with garlic butter. The potato purée is actually dairy free — it’s literally just potatoes and garlic puréed into a super thick and creamy consistency. The flavor is heavy on the garlic and oh-so-delicious.
I had to give this one a taste, so we made a few changes: a mix of plant-based cheese and a Bulgarian Sheep’s milk feta with truffle oil instead of garlic butter. (Side note: In case you’re new around here, I don’t eat cow’s milk dairy, but I will eat sheep’s and goat’s.) If you like mashed potatoes and you like pizza, this is one combination you must try.
Another unique speciality is the Bacon & Onion Jam pie with caramelized onion jam, mozzarella, goat cheese and crisp bacon crumbles. I had this with the plant-based cheese instead of mozzarella. This was my favorite of all the pies I tried. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory!
Bobby takes great care to ensure that his gluten-free customers are well accommodated, especially if you are Celiac. He will change out the pan and any utensils used, and keep your pizza clear from any unsafe ingredients and surfaces.
Best Crunch: Windy City Pizza
401 W Atlantic Avenue
Windy City Pizza is all about, you guessed it, Chicago-style pies. This family-owned restaurant is known for its Chicago ‘tavern-style thin pies.’ That means thin and crunchy hand-rolled crust, square slices, and the cheese and toppings go all the way to the edge. Windy City also uses Chicago-sourced ingredients whenever possible, so you know you’re getting the real deal.
The gluten-free crust here is actually a cauliflower crust. Unlike most cauliflower crusts that have cheese and/or egg as a binder, this one does not. Yep — it’s gluten free and vegan! This little fact had me super pumped to give it a try. The signature crispiness definitely shines through! Seriously, I could hear the crunch with each bite I took. The texture is absolutely on point!
Gluten-free crust can be swapped in for any of the Windy City pizzas. There is also vegan cheese available most of the time. You can create your own pizza from a variety of ingredients, or choose one of their signature Chicago-inspired pies. Options include the Windy City Sausage loaded with cheese and sausage, the Chicago Blaze with thin-sliced Italian roast beef, homemade meatballs, hot Giardiniera and sport pepper garnish, and the Johnny Hancock with Chicago-style sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, red and green peppers and black olives.
I tried the Very Veggie with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, sliced tomatoes, chopped onion, fresh garlic and vegan cheese. I loved every single bite, especially the edge pieces!
It’s kind of like a flatbread because of how thin and crispy it is, and because of the way the toppings literally go right to the edge. There’s not too much of a crust to hold onto — but that’s ok, you won’t be holding onto a slice too long before you’ve devoured the entire piece.
Overall Favorite: Rose’s Daughter
169 NE 2nd Avenue
Rose’s Daughter opened in the Pineapple Grove area of Downtown Delray in 2019, featuring modern Italian cuisine inspired by the owner Suzanne’s family’s trattoria in New York. It’s the sister restaurant to one of Delray’s most beloved spots, Brulé, which has been open since 2008, and one of my personal favorites in the area.
Everything at Rose’s Daughter is scratch-made, including the pasta, burrata and stracciatella cheeses, sauces, sausage and more. Many of the recipes are from her mother’s original Italian menu. Chef Suzanne is certified in Neapolitan pizza making, and all pies are handcrafted in a rustic pizza oven. The gluten-free crust at Rose’s Daughter is hands down the best I’ve ever had, and there is a 100% whole grain crust option too.
The first time I ever bit into one of Chef Suzanne’s gluten-free pizzas, I was in absolute heaven. I got the vegan pie with basil, walnut pesto, cauliflower, shaved Brussels sprouts, tomato confit, roasted baby bells, cippolini onions and vegan cheese — which you can get on any of the pies too, by the way.
Fresh herbs, major veggie overload, creamy cheese… The whole thing is just bursting with flavor. I am seriously obsessed with this pie. It is my go-to whenever I’m at Rose’s Daughter, but I’ve also gotten the vegan cheese on the Margherita pizza and that was delicious too. Some of the other pizzas available including Sausage Pepper & Onion with house sausage, roasted baby bells, cippolini onions and house mozzarella; the Pineapple Grove Hawaiian with fontina, honey ham, sage olive oil, cipollini, Calabrian chili and pineapple gastrique; and the Mushroom & Galloni Prosciutto with arugula, mascarpone, truffle oil and aged balsamic, just to name a few.
One of the things I like best about Rose’s Daughter pizza is the size. It’s smaller than your standard size pie, but a little bigger than a personal size pie. It’s not something you would get for a big group. It can definitely count as an entrée, but also be shared. Let’s be real, though. It is very rare that I am willing to share mine.
Get Your Gluten-Free Pizza in Delray Beach
Keep this guide handy as a valuable resource in your quest for the perfect gluten-free slice! It’s so great to know that we do have options! Remember that the key is not just finding a suitable alternative, but discovering a truly exceptional experience. All three of these restaurants provide that.
Here’s to more delicious discoveries on your gluten-free journey! Feel free to send me more gluten-free pizza recommendations. I’d love to add more to my list!
Disclosure: This blog is based on my own personal opinion, and not sponsored.