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Product Review: Bella Monica Flatbread Company: Spinach & Tomato, Mushroom & Herbs, and Margherita gluten free pizzas

Posted Jun 07 2009 10:12pm
I really love trying new gluten free pizzas, and when the Bella Monica Flatbread Company asked if I would try their flatbread pizzas, I was more than happy to oblige.
These pizzas are purchased frozen and are semi-cooked- the cheese even looks melted. Therefore, It seems like I had the simple job of completing the baking process. Also, I noticed that these gluten free pizzas are overflowing with toppings- no skimping going on here! Each frozen pizza is enough to serve two hungry adults.
Every Friday night at our house is pizza night, so my husband and I experimented with their three varieties of pizza for the past two Fridays.  Thanks to the cooking suggestions on the package, we tried both grilling the pizzas and baking them conventionally in our oven.
By a landslide, these pizzas are excellent on the grill.  If the packaging directions are followed, the grilled result is a crunchy crust with a bit of chewiness in the center. Because this is a flatbread, this pizza doesn’t try to imitate a gluten pizza ( which I like) and is in a class all it’s own.
When baked in the oven, these gluten free pizzas were OK and still good, but the crust didn’t crisp up quite as much and results in a softer and chewier crust that I didn’t think was all that great. Therefore, please note that my ratings are based on the grill cooking method.
As for the toppings, all three pizzas feature a flavorful combination of two cheeses: mozzarella and asiago, or mozzarella and feta. The  cheese combinations do not result in a cheesy, stringy,  gooey cheese experience. Instead, the cheese is rich and creamy. It tastes good, and there is plenty of it. I really don’t have much to say about the sauce- it is light on the pizzas and I really couldn’t taste it much.
Mushroom & Herbs: Overall my favorite! Lots of flavor thanks to the mushroom and plentiful herbs. The packaging shows diced roma tomatoes on top, but to be honest, I didn’t remember tasting them.  Tastes like a gourmet, artisan pizza. Rating: 5 stars
Ingredients: rice flour ( corn starch, tapioca dextrin, non-fat dry milk, whole egg, sugar, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder & soy oil), mozzarella cheese ) pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, eznymes),fresh tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, water, asiago cheese (pasteurized milk, salt ,cheese cultures, enzymes), roasted garlic, expeller pressed extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, yeast, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, chives, black pepper.
Spinach & Tomato: Fresh flavors on a chewy crust helped make this gluten free pizza  my runner up.  The whole, fresh baby spinach is tasty and flavorful and pairs well with the feta cheese that dots the surface.  The tomatoes looked a tad orange and overcooked, and I did not notice a strong flavor from them. Overall, a good, flavorful pizza I would love to have in my freezer for last minute gluten free meal ideas. Rating: 5 stars

Ingredients: rice flour ( corn starch, tapioca dextrin, non-fat dry milk, whole egg, sugar, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder & soy oil), mozerella cheese ) pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, eznymes), diced tomatoes (ripe tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, calcium chloride, naturally derived citric acid), fresh baby leaf spinach, water, feta cheese (pasturized milk, non fat dry milk, salt ,cheese cultures, enzymes), roasted garlic, expeller pressed extra virgin olive oil, salt, yeast, black pepper.

Margherita: I was a little less impressed with this gluten free pizza. For me, I wished there was more sauce and less cheese. I was really hoping for a stronger tomato and basil flavor. It was still very tasty, and at times the plentiful cheese topping was a bit too much ( I can’t believe I just typed that - too much cheese?! I must be crazy). Overall, a solid, and tasty cheese pizza. Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Ingredients: rice flour ( corn starch, tapioca dextrin, non-fat dry milk, whole egg, sugar, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder & soy oil), mozzarella cheese ) pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes), crushed tomatoes (whole ripe tomatoes, salt) fresh basil,  water, asiago cheese (pasteurized milk, salt ,cheese cultures, enzymes), roasted garlic, expeller pressed extra virgin cold press olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil, yeast, black pepper.

These pizzas are definitely going on my “favorites” list. Great job Bella Monica!

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To purchase these frozen gluten free pizzas, please check your local Whole Foods, or local natural foods store.

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For more of my gluten free pizza reviews, click HERE to check them out

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