We have always loved Picazzo’s. They offer a wide array of gluten free pasta, pizza, salads, appetizers and even dessert! We love that they use organic products and nitrate-free, natural meats. It makes dining there even more guilt free. All sauces are made in house and are gluten free. Most dressings are made in house and all are gluten free. 90% of the menu is gluten free so whether you have a gluten intolerance or not, when you order certain items, you get it gluten free. The pizza however, is one of the only things that is not always gluten free. You are given your choice of crust with gluten free being one of the options. There are two ovens for cooking regular pizza and one oven that is dedicated for gluten free pizzas. Gluten free croutons are made in house using the gluten free focaccia bread. Picazzo’s always has great lunch specials with a single slices of pizza and a salad or pasta. Not to mention, they offer a great happy hour menu. Gluten free is always an option for these specials. *For the month of October 2011, pizzas are buy one get one half price!* We recently enjoyed a gluten-free evening at the Scottsdale Picazzo’s, here is our review.
Mama’s Meat-Za Balls– Each meatball was so moist and for tender. They were seasoned perfectly and topped with a delicious house made marinara sauce. Artichoke hearts really took this dish to another level. I thought they were a great addition. The dish was served with gluten free fococcia bread which was very tasty. My little guy especially enjoyed the bread. Hearty and large enough to share with the table, but not too much that I wasn’t hungry for dinner.
Natural Chopped Italian Salad– This salad included organic romaine, shredded lettuce, pepperoni, nitrate-free Canadian bacon and salami, garbanzo beans, black olives, tomato, mozzarella, pepperoncini, parmesan cheese, gluten free croutons and house made organic, zesty Italian dressing. I thought the gluten free croutons were an excellent touch, giving the salad a good textural difference with the crunch. I also really enjoyed that the meats were hearty selections but cut into thin strips. It was visually appealing and fit nicely with the salad. The dressings was the perfect ratio to the salad, creating a flavorful bite.
Ham and Cheese Pasta– This pasta was very flavorful and delicious. The quinoa and corn pasta, to my surprise, was very tasty. My husband, who is very picky about GF pastas especially was very impressed with its flavor and texture. He said, “It’s good! It doesn’t even taste gluten free!” The sauce was white and creamy, full of delicious cheese flavor. The ham was cooked perfectly and added a very nice smoky flavor. We loved this dish!
The Vortex GF Pizza– This pizza was made famous in Sedona, AZ, loaded with salami, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers, caramelized onions, black olives and farm-fresh Italian sausage, with Picazzo’s organic heirloom tomato sauce and mozzarella all atop a great gluten free pizza crust. It was delicious! Served with gluten free ranch dressing, I was in heaven! Very tasty, perfect balance of cheese, sauce, meats and veggies. This is my new favorite pizza.
NEW Apple Cobbler– This was very tasty. Lightly sweetened and given great texture my both the apples and the cobbler that included gluten free oats. Served with gluten free, vegan Coconut Bliss ice cream…yum! (You also have the choice of regular vanilla ice cream.) I loved the warm cobbler with the cool, sweet ice cream.
NEW Crustless Cheesecake– The consistency was excellent. Rich and full of flavor with just the right amount of sweet. It was served with chocolate raspberry sauce, however there was the choice of that, mint chocolate sauce or regular chocolate sauce. It really gave the cheesecake an added dimension that you could add to your own, sweet liking.
**Next time you are in AZ, be sure to visit Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen and satisfy that gluten free Italian craving.
*This is our opinion and our opinion alone. We do not take any responsibility for the gluten free dining experience of others. As always, eat at your own risk as this is not a dedicated gluten free facility.