April Outing of the Month With Dad + A New Experience!

Wow! Would you look at that…we fit in all three Outings of the Month this month with two whole days left to spare!

Yesterday’s lunch break was a double dose of fun: I got to spend time with Dad, AND I finally got to try Pizza Pizza’s gluten-free pizza crust.

I had heard about this GF option at Pizza Pizza ages ago…but it was one of those things I never get around to checking out. As far as I know, they are the only pizza chain in our area to offer GF pizza. Given this month’s GF goal, April was now-or-never time!

Since Dad and I are moving chronologically through the meals of a day (breakfast, morning coffee break – completed) for our outings, there was no question about where I wanted to go for Lunch in April.

We had a choice of three locations for our Pizza Pizza date. The Beechwood spot was our destination of choice, based on my assumption that they would not be very busy:

...KFC is right next door; fast-food nation!

I was right – there was not a very big lunch crowd, yesterday!

...um, shall we rephrase to say ANY lunch crowd!

On such a dismal day, a hot lunch was entirely welcome and appropriate!

cold, windy, dreary, rainy...not the most pleasant of days, weather-wise!

Dad and I were really impressed by the wide variety of offerings. It’s not just pizza, here!

how is it that "outing of the month" is MY idea, and DAD always treats?! thanks, dad! ❤

Dad decided upon a slice and a rootbeer:

...followed by an order of (unpictured) onion rings for dessert! (they were out of the apple pie dad really wanted!)

I got my Gluten-Free crust, with mushrooms, olives and tomatoes.


Your eyes deceive you not. Yes, that is a Diet Coke with my pizza. Dad and I agreed that pizza and pop go hand-in-hand. It was deliriously delicious, I must say. :0

Today’s lunch also counts as New Experience #15! Eat gluten-free pizza crust!

My impression?

chomp, chomp!

I approve! I really enjoyed the pizza crust, the toppings (quantity and quality) and would order gluten-free pizza again.


GF crust is almost a different animal entirely than *regular* pizza crust. See?…

my pizza (L); dad's slice (R)

If you like thin crust pizza or flatbread, you will like this GF crust. It tastes delicious (bready), it provided a firm bottom for the tomato sauce and toppings, and it had a pleasing texture.


If you like “traditional” pizza crust, ie doughy, thick, chewy crust, avoid ordering GF.

Also: at Pizza Pizza, you can ONLY get the GF option on a medium pizza (8 slices) AND there’s an extra charge of $3.25 per pizza. So my pizza cost $13+ whereas Dad got his slice for a couple of dollars.

Conclusion: Next time, I would just order A REGULAR SLICE OF PIZZA. But, I satisfied my curiosity, and genuinely enjoyed a delicious lunch.

I asked Dad for his impression of his slice. He opined that it was “very good for a fast-food pizza chain.” But not as good as Gino’s pizza, and definitely not in the same league as the pizza across from our condos.

In the end, it’s really not about the pizza.

say "cheese!" (haha!)

Dad and I enjoyed over 1.5 hours of conversation and bonding time. And that’s what really warms the heart on a cold winter’s spring day.

Thanks again, Dad!

What’s your favourite pizza chain? Or, do you prefer to make your own? BFF Debbie and Gina in the ‘Peg are both Homemade Pizza Queens!

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P.S. Yes, I did watch the Royal Wedding this morning! Impressions/recap coming up tomorrow!

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  • Zo  On April 30, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Your question about favorite pizza chains makes me smile. I think in the New York/New Jersey area, everyone takes pride in having good “local” pizza…so often no one will admit to liking “chain” pizza. We have a bertucci’s near me, which I’ve been to and liked though…

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

      independent pizza places really can’t be beat. the one across the street here is really, really good…but i bet in your neck of the woods, you have many more options! wouldn’t a bloggie meet-up at bertucci’s be a fun time!!!

  • Lisa  On April 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Sounds like a great outing with Dad! It’s crazy they charge so much more for gluten free and make you buy a whole pizza…at the same time, it totally makes sense because not many people are probably buying it…and it’s great to have the option!

    My fave pizza chain is in Boston, called Bertucci’s…I haven’t been there in 7 years though! We have a local coal fired pizza place that is definitely my all time fave…I sacrifice my belly happiness (later) to have gluten filled crust for that place!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Guess what??! I’ve been to bertucci’s in boston! After the marathon, at least one year! Friends who lived in boston said that was the only place to go, and it did not disappoint!
      your local pizza place sounds like a gem…nothing like a pizza-oven pizza!

  • Johanna B  On April 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

    It’s funny, but when I want pizza I want Pizza Hut pan pizza in Veggie Lovers. When I think of pizza that’s it. Of course, I can’t eat it anymore because of the crust. Via’s Pizza here in Topeka offers a GF crust. It’s thinner but at least it’s pizza. It’s been almost a year since I’ve had a slice. Maybe it’s time to have another.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Pizza Hut is a very popular spot, eh – here, too! I’d love to compare the GF crust at your Via’s Pizza with our Pizza Pizza!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg  On April 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I really like thin crust pizza and I usually make my own at home. But every once in a while a Pizza Hut pizza is the best thing ever 🙂

    I love that you got green olives on your pizza. They are such a good topping!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Neat that you’re a thin crust fan! For regular (ie not GF) I love the puffy, doughy crust! And congrats on being a make-your-own crust person! Green olives=#1 choice!!

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