*** UPDATE: Was “glutened” after this visit to Hell Pizza. Be sure to ask them what cross contamination measures they take, and if in doubt, don’t risk it. I’m apparently not the only one who has been ill after a visit to them***
Original post written May 2011
Now before I start salivating again, I do have two gripes with Hell Pizza:
- They charge £2 extra for a gluten-free base (like we don’t already have to spend more on food)
- They only do GF bases in snack size (7.5 inches) or “Double” (12 inches), not the more appropriately sized 9 inch “Uncle Tony” base which they do with their regular gluten-filled bases.
It is certainly not gourmet – it tastes sort of like a Domino’s pizza, and is definitely for eating with hands, getting as takeaways, and for those unconcerned with a bit (ok, a lot!) of fat and salt. But it’s tasty, the texture is pretty good (you can tell there’s no gluten, but hey ho, we are going to have to make some sacrifices) and it’s warm and cheesy.
From what I gather they are pretty careful about contamination issues – although I had a bit of a tummy ache afterwards I think that may be more to do with the fact that I finished a pizza meant for two people, and I am somewhat lactose intolerant. Update: no, I definitely WAS glutened.
But lactose intolerance is something I can brush to one side for the night, and coeliac disease is not. Obviously, different people will react differently – and those with more severe lactose intolerance can always have one of their vegan pizzas – or a meaty pizza without cheese.
For those wondering how small the snack size really is – it’s smaller than it looks in this picture. After I took the photo I asked Emma for a picture of it next to her hand for scale, but she refused and growled at me. Ah, vegans. 😉
Overall, Hell Pizza is a really great place to chill out and drink cocktails and eat pizza. They have two branches in London (the other one is in Clapham) and for those lucky enough to live near they do home delivery as well!
They don’t deliver to me, but Clapham is just about close enough for us to go on a pizza run – it’s great to know that if we really want a pizza one night, there is a gluten-free option available only 7 miles (or a 13 minute train journey) away!