Having food allergies can sometimes make you become a bit obsessive about things. You go on quests to find the creamiest dairy free milkshake or the fluffiest eggless pancakes. I am currently on a quest to find the best gluten free pizza in Brisbane.
Today I visited PitStop Pizza and Pastries on Vulture St in West End. After confirming that they made their GF bases themselves (very important) I sat down at the bar style seating looking out at the ducks hanging in the butcher across the road. There was some sort of flamenco guitar music softly playing in the background and I began to get excited for my meal to arrive.
What if this was the one? What if I had found the supreme goddess of all pizzas right here in this little unassuming shop with its unique mix of Spanish, Serbian and Italian culinary delights? I was keen to see if it was even possible to have a good gluten free pizza base because believe me I've had some pretty terrible ones in my time.
PitStop has got some pretty good lunchtime deals, $10 medium pizzas and appetising specials like paella and garlic bread for $10. A gluten free pizza comes in the medium size and will set you back $15, which seems cheaper than other gourmet pizza joints I've been to.
Finally my pizza arrived. Well, actually it only took 15 minutes. And the verdict, well the base was…pretty bloody good. It had the perfect texture, doughy and chewy in all the right places. The crust was golden and crunchy but not too oily. Unfortunately, the topping was a let down. I had the marinated vegetarian, which came with roasted and marinated zucchini, capsicum, artichokes and sundried tomatoes. I felt they were a bit stingy with the artichokes, and it lacked oomph, something saltier like olives would have made a valuable addition, and it definitely needed some more herbs and garlic.
Overall though, I was pretty happy with it, and because of the almost perfect base I would give it a 9/10. For those who don't have any issues with the grain, there's some scrum diddly looking homemade pastries available with traditional fillings like spinach and feta and hot sausage and cabbage and there's also baklava and other sweet pastries for dessert. And who doesn't love baklava amirite?