If you believe this pizza is gluten free then you are as clueless as I am.

Zoli’s New Gluten-Free Pizza is Not a Gluten-Free Pizza

Yesterday, Eater Dallas posted a note titled “Zoli's Cleverly Solves Gluten-Free Pizza Quandary.” The opening line to the story leads one to believe Jay Jerrier was adding a gluten-free pizza to the menu by substituting pizza dough with french fries. He's not. Jerrier says it was a joke. Funny?

Yesterday, Eater Dallas posted a note titled “Zoli’s Cleverly Solves Gluten-Free Pizza Quandary.” The opening line to the story leads one to believe Jay Jerrier was adding a gluten-free pizza to the menu by substituting pizza dough with french fries. Eater’s editor Whitney Filloon writes

Oak Cliff’s Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern is finally heeding the cries of the gluten-free sect, and they’re doing it in a pretty ingenious way. Rather than relying on some exotic and expensive blend of fancy gluten-free flours, Jay Jerrier and his merry band of pizza masters are building their pies on a crust of glorious french fries.”

I flipped over to Zoli’s Facebook page and found a post that read: “Who knew gluten free could be this good? Try our “Prince St.” Sicilian with hot soppressata on our garlic/parmesan French fry crust!”

Unless you’ve been beaten senselessly by a professional athlete in the last two months, you are aware of Jerrier’s recent commitment to good causes. He’s started a dog rescue site—Cane Rosso Rescue— and is doing a fine job of finding homes for wayward dogs.I, wrongly, figured Jerrier was rescuing gluten-intolerant people yearning for a slice of pizza. I emailed Jerrier and asked him what kind of oil he used for the fries and other questions some people need to know before they eat. Here’s his reply:

Oh for the love of god it’s a joke. Oil is 75/25 olive canola blend. Potatoes are fresh not frozen. No idea if potatoes are certified gluten free. There is no way someone avoiding gluten for diet (not celiac) would touch this monstrosity.

Hmm. Several gluten-intolerant friends noted their excitement  to me. I’d say workshop that joke, Jerrier and pass me a Vizsla.

Comments

  • Marcus

    I refuse to visit any Jerrier owned establishment after one of his team members tried to drown my toddler who was playing in the Cane Rosso White Rock fountain.

  • Perrin Ehlinger

    Assuming the fries have a dedicated fryer, and the sauces and toppings are GF (some cured meats aren’t), this could be totally gluten-free if prepped in a GF area, and those doing GF for any reason don’t care about calories when they eat out – they just need it to be GF. Mellow Mushroom and Domino’s are getting a lot of business with their GF crusts – Zoli’s would be wise to run with this.

  • canerosso

    Zoli’s is not running with this. Nothing in either Cane Rosso or Zoli’s can ever be guaranteed GF because of all the flour on the decks, in the ovens, in the air…basically on EVERYTHING.

  • bort

    wow what a dick move. i like zolis and cane but this is just stupid.

  • Drew

    A lot of people “noted their excitement” over the possibility that one could charge their iPhone in a microwave, but quickly got over it when they realized it was a hoax. Except for the ones who were gullible enough to actually try it.

  • TeacherTeacher

    I think the Eater post is the problem. I saw it yesterday and believed the claim even though it sounded so gross.

  • jdtTX

    There must be some amazing marketing gene tied into celiac disease for the 1% that carry it to be so loud. Or just blame yuppies and hipsters

    • Nachomama

      I guess those that have peanut allergies and lactose intolerances must be using the same marketing genes, because it’s working…thankfully! You’d be loud too if “jokes” like this impacted your health drastically!

  • lo

    I can’t wait for this gluten free thing to be over. Is there anything in this world more annoying than someone “avoiding gluten” trying to order pizza?? Just eat the pizza if you want it, suffer the consequences of eating delicious terrible for you food, and move on.