Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gluten Free Plush Pizza

Plush Pizza, is a vegetarian pizza place with a small eat in area which is perfect if you live on the other side of town, like we do. It's an old fave of ours, we used to eat there once a week at one stage, but this is the first time that I tried their gluten free bases. I was pleased to talk to Ben (who owns the place) and discover that all of the sauces and toppings, apart from the soy sausages are gluten free. It was great to talk to someone and feel completely confident that they get the whole gluten free thing and know to look out for things like wheat based caramel added to sauces etc.

We shared a satay pizza, my favourite, with zucchini, mushrooms, tofu and coriander:

and ben special (my second fav with avocado, pesto, tomato, mushrooms and a little dash of chilli and balsamic vinegar:
I have to admit the g/f crusts were a little disappointing though, nowhere near as good as the gluteny version. Really thin, and the edges were really hard. I can't fault Plush though since they buy their gluten free bases from some gluten free place, maybe silly yaks although don't quote me on that. They are significantly more expensive too at $5.50 extra for a large g/f pizza, so I really will have to save it for special treats.

Still it's good to know I can still have the same pizzas in my gluten free world. Now I just need to find easy gluten free pizza recipes to make at home, anyone have any fool proof ones?

Plush Pizza
85 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
9819 1188


  1. lifestyle and old time bakery pizza bases are pretty popular buys at my work, i've only tried the lifestyle ones but i like them heaps, a little bit doughy and a little big crispy. the only bad thing is that there's only 2 in a packet and they're small sizes.

    i've tried making my own dough for pizzas and though i've been able to use it, its still kind of experimental stuff on my side and i'm not heaps proud of my efforts. if i figure it out i'll let you know.

    orgran have a flour blend for pizza making which has worked every time i've used it, adding herbs and salt to the mix always livens it up a bit.

    you're entering a new expensive side to veganism - being gluten free as well. you're going to sort of expect some kind of surcharge on top when eating out if the place isn't totally gluten free, they've probably gone out of their way to have something sitting in the freezer just in case someone with coeliacs or a wheat allergy pops in for a pizza. good for them but i still try to eat at home more than going out where possible, or having a filling snack before a meal with friends at a restaurant so tha tthe gluten free vegan option isn't the least filling thing in my belly.


  2. I haven't tried any gf pizza crusts (except a polenta pizza tart which is on my blog) but Vegetarian Times recently had a gf pizza feature which is online at - my mum was going to try them for my sister but I don't know if she ever did! Must check!

  3. Lean, your so right about the expensive part. I will look our for those pizza bases and give them a try. Thanks for the tips!

    Johanna, going to bookmark both of those recipes now, thanks!

  4. Hello,
    A woman at my work's husband is coeliac so whenever they get pizza, she takes along gluten free dough she's made earlier and her pizza place uses that... it could be an alternative, although you might aswell just make your own at home if you're going to make the dough.
    Just a thought.