Update: BZ’s Pizza and Mexican Gluten-Free Pizza

This weekend brought me back to Cape Cod for an exciting and lovely singing reunion. As is tradition with my family for every good Cape trip, we stopped by BZ’s Pizza and Mexican in Dennisport for our favorite gluten-free pizza. The place was packed!

Sadly, the pizza was not as good as it has been in the past. I reviewed their pizza last summer here, but since then their old gluten-free crust supplier has gone out of business. The new pizzas could only be ordered in a personal size and sadly, were just not up to snuff. Previously my favorite gluten-free pizza, BZ’s have fallen in the ranks.

The new pizza has a more obvious frozen pizza taste and the texture is grainer than their previous crust. A crispier taste I suppose. It is definitely still good, but not like it used to be. We’ll probably continue our tradition, but it won’t be with the glee that we used to.

The British Beer Company’s Gluten-Free Pizza

412 Main Street | Hyannis, MA | 508.771.1776
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http://www.britishbeer.com

The British Beer Company's Gluten-Free Pizza, Gluten-Free Guru

There aren’t many late night dining options on Cape Cod… at all. So when my friend and I found ourselves hungry for dinner at 9:30pm, we weren’t sure we’d find it. After arriving at the British Beer Company in Hyannis, I wasn’t sure they’d get their act together enough to serve it to us! Luckily though, they do serve pizza until 11pm and we did manage to get a table (though it was far too complicated for my liking, oh well).

We got a table right in front of the band that was setting up… which ended up timing perfectly to the end of the meal. And they were ill, the bass player had six strings and was absolutely shredding it! Anyway, back to the gluten-free food! A friend had mentioned that the British Beer Company served gluten-free pizza, so there I finally was to check it out. Our waitress was actually very nice and attentive and promptly took our order and confirmed that yes, there was gluten-free pizza there.

I liked their pizza. It tasted like bar pizza, which I haven’t had in a long, long time. The crust was fluffy and thick, but a little bland, though I didn’t notice the blandness with the toppings. It was unlike any gluten-free crust I’ve had, and I appreciated that it was a bit different than the crispy flatbreads I’ve found.  My non-gluten-free friend gave it her seal of approval, so either it’s pretty good or she’s been eating some bad pizza… All joking aside, I’d definitely recommend it, and though the crust is not my favorite, it was still good and the atmosphere at the British Beer Company is much more fun than most gluten-free establishments. Where else can you enjoy some gluten-free pizza and the musical stylings of 5:7 Heavy just a few feet from your seat?

As I’m doing my research, I’ve found something truly exciting! Since it was so late and the hostesses were so horrible, I didn’t ask for a gluten-free menu, but I looked it up online and they claim it is the largest gluten-free menu in New England. There are gluten-free wraps! And gluten-free rolls (which they say is exciting… they’re right!)! And two different gluten-free beers! And of course, gluten-free pizza. I’m excited to go back and try their other options!

BZ’s Mexican Pizzeria Gluten-Free Pizza

682 Main St.
Dennisport, MA 02639
508.394.6247
www.bzspizza.com

BZ's Gluten Free Pizza

Like many of my fellow Massachusetts and southern New England natives, I know there is one place that never fails to feel like summertime. A long-standing summer tradition, trips to Cape Cod bring back memories of beach days, cookouts and good times with friends and family. For my family, it also calls to mind gluten-free pizza. Just minutes from our old Cape Cod stomping grounds is a new discovery of ours, BZ’s Mexican Pizzeria.

Nestled in a collection of shops on 28 in Dennisport, at first glance BZ’s looks like just another pizza place. But look closer and in the windows you’ll find article after article on BZ’s gluten-free offerings: pizza and beer for their gluten-sensitive customers.

Each summer that I have gone to BZ’s (and hopefully more than once!), I have found the pizza just gets better and better. The crispy thin crust paired with the delicious sauce and cheese tastes like I’m eating pizza I shouldn’t. In fact, each time I’ve eaten it, I’ve been tempted to double check with the waitress that this is in fact a gluten-free pizza, not a real pizza by mistake. The only reminder is the typical gluten-free price tag, $12 for a small and $20 for a large. If you’d like to enjoy your pizza with a gluten-free beer, BZ’s has Redbrigde in stock at a similar price to the glutenous beers on tap.

I would absolutely go so far as to say that this is the best gluten-free pizza I have ever had (my mother, however, maintains that her home recipe topped with toppings from Bertucci’s is the best…) and it seems others agree — I’ve been there twice this summer where they have been out of either one size or both of the gluten-free pizzas. If you are looking for an excellent gluten-free pizza and find yourself on Cape Cod, the drive to BZ’s will be worth it, no matter if you’re coming from upper Cape or P-town. Just call first to make sure they have it in stock!

Cape Cup

54 Main St.
Orleans, MA 02653
http://www.capecup.com/

My gluten-free discoveries are usually deliberate. Either I follow-up on a recommendation or I do some research and seek out places others have reviewed. Cape Cup, however, was a discovery by chance. I was on the way to spend the day at Nauset Beach on Cape Cod with some friends when the other girls began demanding a Dunkin’ run. After a stop at the adorable Friend’s Marketplace for gluten-free beach snacks (cheese and rice crackers…mmm!), we were about to head out of our way to Dunkin’, when the local among us suggested the much closer (not to mention cuter) Cape Cup.

I  wasn’t in the mood for coffee, so I elected to stay in the car. I couldn’t help but gush to our local friend at how incredibly adorable and clever I found the name Cape Cup for a coffee shop! I already loved it. That love was reaffirmed when, as she was getting back into the driver’s seat, my sister threw a bag of baked goods at me. One look at her smile and I knew they were gluten-free.

What a delicious treat they were! She picked up chocolate chip cookies and muffins. They cookies were rather thin, crumbly and crunchy, but they were loaded with chocolate chips and tasted fresh-baked, not dry like the store-bought kinds you can find in supermarkets. I quite enjoyed them. I found the Gluten-Free Blueberry-Oat muffin to be delicious. Unlike the Whole Foods muffins, it was light and not too moist. The addition of the gluten-free oats gave it a more complex and textured taste than most gf products and I really enjoyed that.

Upon investigation of their website, it seems Cape Cup offers other gluten-free menu options and different specials. If you’re on the Cape, I’d recommend getting your morning coffee at Cape Cup… and grabbing a treat while you’re at it!