Missing out on cakes, bread, pasta, and pizza can be heartbreaking for anyone allergic or intolerant of wheat or gluten. Here's where to find gluten-free baked goods, pizzas and Italian food in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and around the Twin Cities.
Mad Woman Foods is a gluten-free bakery in Minneapolis. Cakes, cookies, muffins, pizza bases, breads, pies, granola and more are available online and from their retail store at 4747 South Nicollet Avenue.
And in Eagan, in the southern suburbs, Bittersweet Bakery is another source for gluten-free baked goods. Cakes, brownies and bars, plus take-and-bake pizzas. Bittersweet's goodies are also sold at coffee shops, co-ops and markets around the Twin Cities.
Cooqi is a gluten free bakery on St. Paul's Marshall Avenue with gluten free cakes, bars, cookies, as well as breads, frozen pizza dough, and wheat-substitute baking mix. They'll even make a gluten free birthday cake or wedding cake.
How about pizza? Cooqi recently began supplying their pizza dough to beloved Twin Cities pizzeria Pizza Luce. On Tuesday and Wedneday, the downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul Pizza Luce restaurants have a special gluten-free menu for their restaurants and for delivery. Just about everything from the standard Pizza Luce menu is available in a gluten free version.
And in the suburbs, in Shoreville, Fresh Picked Pizza offers gluten-free pizzas.
And here's some more restaurants with gluten free menus.
Uptown Minneapolis restaurant French Meadow Bakery has several gluten-free options on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Steak and seafood restaurant Wildfire in Eden Prairie has a special gluten free menu. Agri Resturant in Uptown Minneapolis has several gluten free brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert selections. Biaggi's, the Italian chain, has a gluten free menu with gluten free pasta and sauces. There's a Biaggi's in Maple Grove, and another in Eden Prarie.
And when grocery shopping, most of the supermarkets have been slow to provide gluten free options for bread, pasta and other items usually made with wheat. Whole Foods and Twin Cities Co-ops stock a wide range of gluten free dry goods like pasta and cereals, with many organic options, but often at corresponding prices. The best value supermarket for gluten-free food is budget gourmet grocer Trader Joe's. Many Trader Joe's own label products are available in gluten free versions. There's Trader Joe's stores in St. Louis Park, Maple Grove, Woodbury and a fourth Twin Cities store opening in St. Paul's Highland Park in early summer.