Health Column: Junct’n Square Pizza offers gluten-free pizza & pasta
LIVING AGAINST THE GRAIN
Free Press Health Columnist
There are a few places in town that I miss eating at since going gluten free. One of those places is Junct’n Square Pizza.
Of course, Junct’n Square is a legend in town with their square pizzas and antipasto salad, and I had written it off my list of gluten-free places to eat until recently.
A couple of weeks ago my friend, Kim, was talking about getting a pizza from Junct’n Square. Since she is gluten free, I wanted to make sure that I heard her right and she excitedly told me that they now have gluten-free options, which includes pizza and pasta. I was planning a lunch date with my other friend, JaCee, so we decided to test the waters.
After we sat down, I asked the server about the gluten-free pizza. Though he was uncertain about what the crust was made of and if the toppings were gluten free, he told me that he would get the owner, which I appreciated. It turns out the owner is gluten intolerant, so she was very knowledgeable about the crust, which they buy instead of making in house; it is made from rice flour. Junct’n Square Pizza is also very careful about cross contamination, which is why the pizza crust is purchased and not made in their kitchen. The toppings are additionally gluten free, so we happily ordered our pizzas and had time to chat.
Side note: Junct’n Square Pizza offers gluten free pasta as well, which is typically Quinoa brand pasta (a nice alternative to pizza).
When it arrived, the pizza was amazing and a bigger pizza than most gluten-free pizzas I’ve had in the past. JaCee and I both like ranch with our pizza and asked if the ranch is gluten free. This usually trips people up because it’s just dressing, right? But some dressings use wheat as a binder, so it’s not uncommon for gluten-free people to ask. The owner did research since it didn’t say on the label and had to even search online. She found that the ingredients were gluten free, so we happily dipped away!
I was both impressed with the quality of the food and the fact that the whole staff went the extra mile to make sure our experience was a safe, happy one. I look forward to my next trip to Junct’n Square.
For more information about Junct’n Square Pizza, visit http://www.jctsquare.com or call 970-254-8844. It’s located at 119 N. Seventh St., in downtown Grand Junction.
GJ Free Press health columnist Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.
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