|Chicago style deep dish, just doesn't|
have the same appeal anymore
We live in Chicago and haven’t had pizza in over 6 months. With no less than 10 restaurants we can get pizza from within walking distance of our apartment, we must be crazy, right? For delivery you can make that close to 20 - easy. All the access to the best pizza in the world and we abstain. Crazy, right?
Possibly, but oddly enough, we don’t miss it and we don’t crave it. Oh, it smells damn good if we catch a whiff of pepperoni/cheese/baked bread, but at this point we know it’s not worth it and our palates have evolved to better enjoy the real foods that make up a paleo diet.
This is why I’m convinced we broke our pizza-free streak more out of sheer curiosity and nostalgia than actual craving. No, we didn’t go crazy and crush a deep dish from Lou Malnati’s, we tried out the gluten free pizza from Marcello’s. Located steps from our front door, we are subjected to a banner advertising their gluten free pizza, and we finally decided to try it. What would it be like? Could this be a new cheat option? Well here’s how it went:
We arrived to pick up our pizza and the very friendly guy behind the counter asked if we were the “medium pizza with olives, pepperoni, and mushrooms.” I then had a freak out moment when I realized he didn’t say gluten free. I told him we were there for a gluten free pizza of the same make. He said, “yes, of course this is it.” I then freaked out the entire walk home when the receipt didn’t specify gluten free either. We got home, and I immediately took a small nibble and decided that you could tell the crust was gluten free, it was not 'normal'. We then proceeded to finish the entire thing. Presumably made with some sort of rice flour blend, it was good. Not great, not mind blowing, but good. And that’s it. Good. In our humble assessment, definitely not good enough to consume on a regular basis. Stacey mentioned that she never has to try it again. I agreed. Pizza is officially out of our systems. There are better options…
Ultimately the best option is to stay paleo. We’ve tried the faux pizza recipe in the Everyday Paleo Cookbook and loved it. It provided just enough of the pizza flavor to give you a little nostalgia, with none of the bad stuff. It’s a nice treat you can have if you’re a pizza fiend and have a nasty craving. If you’re hankering for a big old slice of pizza, just put in the time and make the Everyday Paleo pizza, stay sane, stay healthy and stay happy!