Rustico’s Chick Pea Crust Pizza

Last night the husband and I went to Rustico in Alexandria for dinner. We love their pizzas and they make a chick pea flour crust pizza that is by far the best gluten free pizza that I’ve eaten. The chick pea makes the crust much heartier and flavorful than the rice flower crusts I’ve tasted before. A word of warning: The people at Rustico make regular flour pizza as well so they don’t guarantee a gluten free kitchen. I appreciate that they understand this concept! That being said, they do cook the chick pea crusts in a different oven from the gluten pizzas AND they make the dough in a separate area of the kitchen.

The atmosphere at Rustico is very warm and welcoming. The husband and I enjoy eating at both the bar and in the restaurant. They offer the full menu in the bar and there are many booths as well. There are TVs to watch athletics and while it’s busy, it’s not so loud that you can’t hear the people that are in your group.

Last night I ordered the sausage pizza which is by far my favorite. The sausage is homemade and gluten free! One of my other favorites is the roasted mushroom with goat cheese. You can also create your own pizza too. In the past I’ve ordered grilled chicken and pesto. Yummy! One of the best parts is that I always have leftovers! Rustico also has a huge selection of beers, including about six gluten free beers. Pizza and beer, what more could a celiac want?!

The manager at Rustico is very friendly and nice. He always stops by our table to talk to us and see how we’re doing. You can also order pizzas for take out as well, which is a fun idea for a Sunday afternoon of football.

So while there is a risk of contamination at Rustico, the fact that the staff understands that there is a risk and that they try to minimize the risk. As you know, any time we celiacs go out to dinner, we’re taking a chance. That being said, the pizza is delicious and the staff wants to be accommodating. Even though I’ve had contamination in the past at Rustico (I’m extremely sensitive to gluten contamination), none of my other celiac friends have gotten sick.

Overall, Rustico is a fun place to go where celiacs can get food that is rarely available to us. This is a regular spot for us! It’s a great place to take non-celiac friends. Some people even prefer the chick pea crust to the regular crust!

827 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA 22314 703.224.5051
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  1. johanna says:

    I agree with the Rustico review. It is the best glutenfree pizza around. Two other suggestions for good items, Trader Joes GLuten Free pancakes and and Corn Bread from Glutano.

  2. BryNate says:

    I'm so excited I found your blog…as I only live around the corner! I went to Rustico for my birthday and must have caught them on a bad day. I ordered their GF pizza and reacted to it!!! So sad! I told my husband I would try it one more time before calling it quits. Thanks for all your wonderful insight!!!! I'm going to make sure to sample all the amazing places you review!!

  3. Kate says:

    Thanks for the review! I found you via another website when I looked up GF restaurants. We’re traveling to Alexandria for work and I’m always on the lookout for GF restaurants due to my husband’s wheat allergy. Safe pizza and beer will make him happy! :)

  4. Betsy says:

    So glad you found Gluten Freedom! Rustico’s crust is amazing. Right across the street is Buzz Bakery and they have amazing GF cupcakes and brownies:

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