(Press Release), Detroit, MI, September 3, 2013 — Detroit Style Pizza Co. has made its already-popular gluten-free pizza even better by partnering with Westwind Milling Co., which will now supply all gluten-free flour to the pizzeria. The flour will be custom-blended and stone-milled with only fresh, certified organic and GMO-free Michigan-grown grains according to Detroit Style Pizza Co. President and World Champion Pizza Maker Shawn Randazzo's unique gluten-free recipe.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be able to offer gluten-free Detroit Style Pizza that not only tastes delicious, but is made from locally-grown organic grains that are wholesome and healthy for our customers," said Randazzo. "As a rule, Detroit Style Pizza Co. sources our ingredients from Michigan producers whenever possible, so we bake our pizza with only the freshest, most delicious ingredients."
Randazzo crafted his gluten-free pizza recipe when his wife, Keri, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. The couple sampled gluten-free pizzas from numerous restaurants, but were dissatisfied with the thin, papery crusts that tasted like styrofoam. Thus, Randazzo set out on a quest to create a gluten-free pizza recipe that rivaled the flavor of his Detroit Style Pizza, which was named World's Best Pizza at the 2012 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.
Westwind Milling Co.'s Michigan-grown grains are certified organic, free from pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, GMO-free and pollution-free. Once harvested, they're stone-milled within two days and delivered to Detroit Style Pizza Co.'s three Metro Detroit locations the next day.
By sourcing from Westwind Milling Co., located in Linden, MI, about an hour outside of Detroit, Detroit Style Pizza Co. adds gluten-free flour to its list of Michigan-grown ingredients, which include all produce and salads.
People with celiac disease, gluten allergy and gluten sensitivity make a lifelong commitment to restrict dietary intake of gluten, a protein present in wheat, barley and rye. It has been estimated that one in every 133 people have celiac disease, and that more than 20 million people in the United States – or seven percent of the entire population – suffer from gluten sensitivity.
Traditional bread products such as pizza dough contain gluten, and many have struggled – and failed – to develop a gluten-free pizza dough recipe that tastes as good as the "real deal." Randazzo's recipe employs grains such as white rice, corn and tapioca in a custom blend for gluten-free pizza that rivals the taste and texture of his award-winning Detroit Style Pizza.
In addition to using only gluten-free ingredients, Detroit Style Pizza Co. takes special care to eliminate the risk of gluten contamination by designating separate gluten-free food prep stations, utensils and pans for baking gluten-free Detroit Style Pizza. Randazzo also personally trains his pizza chefs to properly prepare gluten-free pizza.
"Great-tasting gluten-free pizza is about quality of life. Those who suffer from celiac disease and gluten sensitivities should not have to choose between eating bland food and experiencing pain," said Randazzo. "I'm proud that we've had an overwhelmingly positive response to our gluten-free pizza recipe, so all of our customers can enjoy great-tasting Detroit Style Pizza. By partnering with Westwing Milling Co., we've been able to improve on our already popular recipe, and now it's local and fresh. And that means it tastes better than ever."
With Metro Detroit locations in Roseville, St. Clair Shores and Clinton Township, Detroit Style Pizza Co. makes all its food fresh in-house. The pizzeria shreds its own brick and mozzarella cheeses, deli slices its own ham, cooks full strips of Applewood smoked bacon, cooks and crumbles it's own Italian sausage, uses only Five Star Romaine lettuce and the freshest in-season baby greens in its salads. Premium-quality ingredients are purchased fresh from local Detroit and Michigan producers whenever possible, and every pizza features Randazzo's own World Champion dough recipes and signature red sauce.
For more information, visit http://www.detroitstylepizza.co.