I’m going to be honest. Whenever I hear of an opportunity to eat gluten-free pizza that doesn’t suck, I jump on it. Immediately. This is because I deeply miss being able to acquire pizza cheaply and easily. Those glutinous days were the good ones. But once I heard about Pizza Romana’s gluten-free crust, I had to go check it out…
Pizza Romana is a quaint little shop on La Brea Avenue marked by a bright red awning. One thing I like about Pizza Romana is the quick-service feel to it. The menu is pretty huge and the place does sell beer and wine, but there is no wait staff. All you have to do is go inside to the counter, place your order, and then choose a table while you wait for your grub, which is delivered right to your seat.
Since I was there, I wanted to try a couple different pizzas. When in Rome, right? But when I saw the wide array of selection on Pizza Romana’s menu, I knew I had to branch out. Of course there was the healthy stuff like salads, but I was really pumped to see the place also had gluten free chicken tenders.
I finally decided on the 3 Meat Bolognese Pizza, the Black Truffle Pizza, the Seasonal Chop, Chicken Fingers, and Spicy Broccolini. I split these selections with a friend, and it was enough food to take home for leftovers.
The Seasonal Chop and the Chicken Fingers came out first, so we were off to a great start. The salad was comprised of finely shaved raw Brussels sprouts, which added a nice crunch to the plate, pomegranate seeds for tartness, and a healthy portion of shaved Parmesan. All of the components fit very well together. The chicken fingers were absolutely fantastic. The breading was light but extremely flavorful and a little bit spicy. These were served with house made Ranch dressing, which was also divine. I did not miss the gluten one bit.
Lastly, the pizzas and the Spicy Broccolini came out. The crust is fairly thin on the gluten free pizzas, so these actually came out pretty quickly after the appetizers. The Three Meat pizza was a carnivore’s dream, with beef, veal, and pork. The Black Truffle pizza was pretty good. I can’t eat dairy so I ordered it without cheese. The truffle imparted a faint mushroom taste. This pizza was also served with a fried egg on top.
The Spicy Broccolini was fantastic. This vegetable is commonly known for being bitter and difficult to cook, but Pizza Romana executed it flawlessly. The broccolini was tender and flavorfull. Bitterness was not in the flavor profile at all.
While I did not indulge on this occasion, Pizza Romana has a few gelato offerings that rotate by the season. They also make milkshakes out of the gelato, which could satisfy anyone’s sweet craving. Next time you find yourself in Fairfax, a trip to Pizza Romana should be a part of your plans.