Tucked in the back corner of the Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT is the Flatbread Company. I’ve walked by many of times taking in the delicious smells wafting from the clay ovens. The primary reason why I walked by was that I really didn’t think they had anything for me since I maintain a gluten free (GF) diet. Well, this all changed last weekend when I saw a small sign out of the corner of my eye stating, “Gluten Free Pizza & Whoopie Pies Available”. I turned towards my wife with a look of astonishment, also known as “chocolate-face” in my family, and said, “I’m going in to order a pizza to go!”
I glanced over the menu, which primarily consists of pizza and salads made entirely with organic, local and free-range ingredients. I chose the vegan pizza - GF style, added the whoopie pie, and waited in anticipation. I’ve tried a lot of GF pizza along the way, including ones that you can make at home. The ones I make at home never really hold up. They ultimately crumble when you try to fold it in half to eat it – which is the correct method for eating pizza (I may get a lot of flack on that point – but that’s how you eat pizza!) Other restaurants I’ve eaten at have excellent toppings and their sauce is good, but again, the crust falls slight short.
A short while later, my pizza and dessert were in hand. The smell was enough to make you want to tear into it immediately. So, that’s what I did. My intention was to wait till I got home, but who has time for that when you have a deliciously smelling pizza in the back seat! I took one bite and realized what I was missing – as it turns out Flatbread Company has been offering GF options to its patrons for quite some time – I never knew because I never saw it advertised until recently.
I folded – yes, folded – the pizza in half and took a huge bite. It was delicious! My nose and mouth had finally agreed on a GF pizza worthy of scarfing (no, not the kind you put around your neck!) I put a huge dent in the pie on the way home, with my wife sampling it too. (I always have her taste GF items to keep me in check. Having not eaten gluten for over 10 years now, my taste-buds can be askew and need some assistance in the “Is this really that good?” category. She agreed that it was.) I finished the rest of the pizza when I got home. The sauce, the mushrooms, the olives – everything was fantastic. It was all-in-all the best GF pizza I’ve had thus far. The whoopiepie wasn’t all that bad either, trust me. Two delectable pies in one night!
Through this, Flatbread Company is now on my list of preferred eat in/take out restaurants. While they are primarily found in the northeast, there are a handful of restaurants as far as Hawaii and BC, Canada. If you have one close to you, call ahead to ask if they serve their GF pizza – and if they do, pick up a pie or 2 or 3! You won’t be disappointed.