Guest Contributor: Mary McKinney

Pizza By the Sea, 30A

Everyone says that the beach is a little bit of heaven. Well add a gluten and dairy free pizza from Pizza By the Sea and that’s what you’ve got!

I first visited PBTS in July, and I just got back from my second visit. Each time, I was greeted by the friendly staff and funky décor. Customer-decorated pizza trays line the walls so no two trays are the same. It’s a very fun and family friendly atmosphere. But if you don’t have the family with you, as we didn’t, it’s still just as fun and relaxing.

If you have a gluten intolerance it’s always concerning when you eat out because you never know if your food will be cross contaminated, meaning regular flour gets mixed with the gluten free flour then causing a reaction. They inquired about it and made sure the chef was aware of it which made me feel at ease. All gluten free dough at Pizza by the Sea is prepared in an offsite kitchen to prevent any cross contamination. It is cooked in the same oven as a regular pizza but is cooked on a screen and finished on a baking stone in the oven. While Pizza by the Sea tries their very best to prevent cross contamination that can’t be guaranteed it. How-ever, I have not had any problems with this in my two visits here.

You may think you will give up flavor with a gluten free pizza, but not at, Pizza by the Sea! I had a flavorful, crunchy pizza topped with Daiya cheese, garlic, onions and basil. The crust was perfectly cooked, crunchy, and very tasty. My Daiya cheese was melted and stringy, and all of the flavors came together nicely. I had no problem finishing off my pizza! As a gluten and dairy free girl, I rarely get to eat pizza so this was a real treat for me. Not only was I eating delicious pizza, I was at my favorite place Seagrove Beach, Florida. Every time I visit Seagrove Beach, I will have PBTS pizza. I’m already looking forward to it.

Pizza by the Sea isn’t just for those with a gluten intolerance, they have a wide menu to please everyone. On our first visit my family got two large pizzas and there wasn’t a slice left. Their pizzas were delicious. My husband ate their spinach salad both times he has been there. He really enjoyed it as well as their No-Noodle Meatball lasagna.

So bring the family, there is something for everyone!

To sum it all up, PBTS is a mouthwatering, delicious bit of heaven! They were even voted Best Pizza on 30-A along with several other awards! So, if you are in the area visit PBTS at one of their two locations. For more information, visit their webpage at www.pizzabythesea.com.

Mary McKinney is gluten, dairy, nut, and corn intolerant and is also the owner of Gluten and Dairy Free Life, a website serving those with food intolerances helping with, education, menu plans, recipes and gluten free products. You can find her business at www.glutenanddairyfreelife.com. Mary is also a fitness instructor, speaker and nutritionist. You can also visit www.MaryMcKinney.org for more information.

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