GF Pizza at Uno Chicago Grill!

Whoo Hoo!  Our voices have been heard!!  I know many of us provided feedback to Uno Chicago Grill in the hopes of a gluten free pizza being offered on their menu.  Our wait is over!!! It has been announced that Uno Chicago Grill will be adding gluten free pizza to their menus NATIONWIDE!  I have contacted their public relations team for more information on the time line, what states/locations will be next, etc.  Will keep you posted, but wanted to share this fantabulous news!!

Update from Elliott Subervi of Utopia Communications, Inc.

Thanks for reaching out.  As of January 13th all Uno locations nationally are carrying the GF Pizza, (all but the original locations in Chicago…Pizzeria Uno & Pizzeria Due will not be carrying the GF Pizzas).  A word to the wise, it is always better to call the location you are headed to prior, since we are seeing a sell-out of the GF Pizzas in some locations very quickly.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNO CHICAGO GRILL® ROLLS OUT GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA NATIONALLY
Positive Consumer Response Prompts Earlier Introduction

Boston, MA (January 13, 2009) – Following a highly successful market test, Uno Chicago Grill® will offer its new, gluten-free pizza nationally. Uno® is the first national casual dining chain to offer a gluten-free pizza and received very positive feedback from guests who suffer from celiac disease, which affects approximately one percent of the population .

In fact, word-of-mouth reaction from the gluten-free community during the northeastern market test prompted the company to advance the timetable for a national roll-out.

“Food allergies are a very serious, sometimes life-threatening, issue for many Americans,” notes Uno CEO Frank Guidara. “Pizza is our signature product, and we wanted to offer a gluten-free pizza so all of our guests could enjoy it when dining at Uno.”

“Consumer reaction was so positive, and the chatter so strong on gluten-free blogs and websites, that our restaurants began receiving requests to carry the new pizza,” noted Richard Hendrie, senior vice president, marketing, Uno Chicago Grill. “Because the demand was so strong, we decided to pull out all the stops to get the gluten-free pizza into our 200 plus locations as quickly as possible.”

Recently lauded as America’s Healthiest Chain Restaurant , Uno has added gluten-free cheese and pepperoni pizzas to what is already one of the most extensive gluten-free menus available for a casual dining chain. This is good news to the estimated three million Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, as well as an additional seven million Americans who have a wheat intolerance or allergy and rely on gluten-free foods. While awareness of celiac disease is rising, an estimated 97 percent of those who have it remain undiagnosed .

Guidara explained that it took over a year of research and development to find just the right recipe for a brand that is known for its iconic pizza. “While we want to meet the needs of guests with allergies, we never forget that we are about great taste and choice, and that means developing new dishes that are healthful without sacrificing great flavor.”

The company that was the first to develop deep-dish pizza in 1943 is still full of innovation. Uno Chicago Grill works closely with its Nutrition Advisory Board, which meets quarterly to discuss trends and solutions to improve the quality and nutritional value of its menu. The board includes world-class physicians with expertise in coronary disease, weight management, and other food/health related issues. Guidara oversees the Advisory Board and brings his expertise as a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Roundtable.

The gluten-free pizza was originally tested at Uno Chicago Grill locations in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts (excluding Worcester and Springfield/Holyoke).

According to the Gluten Intolerance Group, surveys show that about 15 to 25 percent of consumers report looking for gluten-free products, far more than need to.

Uno boasts a number of healthy firsts, including being the first national restaurant chain to eliminate artificial trans-fats and to increase menu and nutritional transparency via nutrition information centers located in their restaurants. The company’s gluten-free menu has 20 items ranging from entrées, salads, sides and desserts. For guest convenience and safety, Uno clearly labels menu items with ingredients that are linked to the most common food allergies, such as fish/shellfish, soy, tree nuts/peanuts, egg, milk and wheat/gluten. Diners can also preview the menu and nutritional information online via the company’s website at www.unos.com.

The company has invested more than $2 million in nutritional advancements since 2005 and, according to Guidara, will continue its commitment to providing delicious, fresh and healthful menu options for its guests.

About Uno Chicago Grill:
Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes more than 200 company-owned and franchised full-service units located in 29 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The company also operates a consumer foods division which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotel restaurants and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and branded Uno products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

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17 Replies to “GF Pizza at Uno Chicago Grill!”

  1. I lead a celiac/gluten intolerance support group and belong to another one and as soon as I saw this news everywhere today, I sent out an email to everyone! All our area locations have the GF pizza. Unfortunately, none of them have GF beer to go with it. LOL I won’t miss the beer, but I know some folks would like it. All the managers I spoke with promised to see about carrying it. I know that some locations are carrying Redbridge, just none of the ones near us. I’ve done well with the rest of Uno’s GF menu so I am really looking forward to trying this pizza.

    Shirley

  2. This is good news. I wish we still had an UNO in MN. They closed the only one some time ago. Though, being Celiac meant that I would not have been able to go there. Pizza Luce which is a local (Twin Cities, MN) not so long ago gone to offering gluten free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is FANTASTIC. They have a great gluten free menu and we’ve tried several items on there including spinach dip (with GF rolls) and chicken wings!!! Things you can’t usually get GF in a restaurant.

  3. I have to add my endorsement to Julia about UNO having a terrific GF menu other than the new pizza. I did try the pizza on Monday at our local UNO (Fredericksburg, VA) and I thought it was very good. Definitely thin and crispy and I would have preferred a little less tomato and a little more cheese, but again I was very pleased. It was a typical small-sized pizza with 6 slices for $11.49. (I thought that was a good value.) I ate half there and the next half for lunch the following day. Better than their pizza, was their service and attention. Three members of our group have been so far and each time the manager on duty has come out and spoken with them about their procedures to ensure safety. In addition, one couple decided they needed another pizza for the two of them and the manager provided it compliments of the house. And, last the best thing is the manager of our UNO has offered to host a free smorgasbord of all their GF products for our support group. That will probably be our next meeting! Smart marketing and nice for us to be so welcomed. 🙂

    Shirley

  4. After reading this press release I was motivated to check out Uno’s website and GF offerings. I have to be dairy free as well so the pizza still isn’t an option for me but they’ve got a nice selection of other GF items and best of all their nutrition information contains all of the ingredients so I could find something to eat that was safe for all of my issues. (They’ve also got a touch screen kiosk in their lobby that links to their nutrition information!)

    I stopped at an Uno Chicago Grill for a late dinner last night and had a hamburger patty with red onions and guacamole and a side of brown rice w/ craisins and mango. It was terrific! Thanks for helping to get the news out about their pizza launch as well as motivating me to finally check them out!

  5. Yay!! I don’t think I have one near my house…but we do have a gluten free bakery I’m excited about!! It’s the little things. 🙂

  6. zpizza serves great gluten free pizza, any day of the week. They are next to Byerly’s in Roseville, they must have started offering it a couple months ago, I have been there like 10 times since they started offering it. I love it!!!

  7. really halli? Well, what to expect, what’s healthful is not always the most delicious the first we taste it. But we’ll get used to it. MAYBE. 😛

  8. This is a great idea and will go far. I know many people who are allergic to gluten and would love to eat pizza. Even for those of us who don’t suffer from it, it would still be enjoyable.

  9. I must say that I have to “yehey” with the jubilant people who took the initiative to request for a gluten-free pizza. But credits too to Uno Chicago Grill for granting the request.

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