Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN

I love pizza. All pizza. Pepperoni, cheese, veggie, it doesn’t matter. Before I was diagnosed with celiac, I was eating a large Imo’s bacon pizza for every meal. And although I still think that Imo’s makes the best bacon pizza in the world (don’t talk to me, Provel haters), I just can’t do that anymore. Sadly, gluten-free pizza just doesn’t live up to it’s glutened counterpart.

Sometimes I suck it up and eat subpar pizza. Sometimes I just can’t bring myself to do that to my tastebuds, so I eat healthy salad bowls and pretend like they’re covered in cheese and bacon.

When I heard Mellow Mushroom had revamped their gluten-free crust, I was skeptical. Would it be soggy? Burnt? Just kind of weird? Well, I am nothing if not philanthropic, so I decided to try their crust before you did, so you would be prepared with the kind of information you need to make smart purchasing decisions.

At Mellow Mushroom, I found out that all the staff have been well-trained in preventing cross-contamination, the crust is made of ancient grains and not rice flour so it doesn’t break into an awful crumbly mess in your mouth, and that even if you don’t gluten yourself, eating an entire pizza is not a good idea.

To be honest, the only thing I didn’t like about the Mellow Mushroom pizza was the price. It’s only a 12″ pizza, as are most gluten free pizza crusts. Okay, whatever. But to charge the same price as a 16″ pizza, and then say there’s no upcharge because it’s priced the same as a medium pizza? Look, this pizza is missing four inches of medium. After being gluten free for two years, I’m used to ridiculous prices, and I still got sticker shock.

If you can get past the sticker shock, this pizza is good. We ordered a Kosmic Karma, a Mighty Meaty, a Gourmet White, and a House Special.

Image The Gourmet White is a white pizza, as you could guess by the name. Olive oil and garlic, sundried tomatoes, onions and mozzarella topped this one. Then the Kosmic Karma, my favorite, was a red based pizza with pesto, sundried tomato, Roma tomato, feta and mozzarella. The House Special is just Mellow’s take on a Supreme pizza, with meats and veggies. Then the Mighty Meaty, with five types of meat on a red base with mozzarella cheese.

Image The crust is thin and crispy. Since I’m a huge fan of Imo’s pizza, this wasn’t really a deterrent to me. (Can we please throw some Provel and bacon on one of these crusts? Please?) Mellow Mushroom uses top quality ingredients, which can disguise even the worst crust- and I know, I’ve been ordering their pizza since before they changed to a decent crust- but you really could tell that this was a good crust.

It had the texture and taste of a whole grain crust, which I’ve been told is because it is a whole grain crust. Just not the whole grains you’re normally used to. It’s also soy free, rice free, dairy free, and egg free, which means this is an option for vegans or people with other common allergies.

Image If you want to try the new and improved gluten free crust, there are two Mellow Mushrooms in Chattanooga. One is located on Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga, and is my preferred location. The building is older, the area is more interesting, and so are the decorations. It’s a pizza place with a lot of personality. The other location, Mellow Mushroom Waterside, is located near Hamilton Place mall. It’s in a brand new building complex, and seems much more “chain restaurant” to me when I eat there.

If you’re not near either of these locations, you can always search for the nearest Mellow Mushroom if you want a quality gluten-free pizza and have some extra spending money burning a hole in your pocket.

Image Have you tried Mellow Mushroom’s new crust? Where’s your favorite place to get gluten free pizza?

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