The build-your-own pizza movement has taken hold, and Blaze Pizza is spreading like wild fire with locations popping up all over the U.S. and Canada. Their “fast fire’d” pizza is baked in just 2 minutes in their ridiculously hot oven (600 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit). But what we love most is their dairy-free options, and how friendly they are to special diets in general.
According to their allergen chart, all of their wheat crusts are dairy-free, including the classic dough (which is very, very thin) and high rise dough. But they recently replaced their dairy-free, gluten-free dough with two different gluten-free crusts (cauliflower and keto) that both CONTAIN dairy.
At last check, all of their vegetable toppings were dairy-free, and so were most of their meats. The Italian meatballs do contain dairy. For sauce, stick with the red sauce or spicy red sauce. You can then keep it cheeseless or top your pizza with Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative. Yes, they have vegan cheese available! They reportedly use Daiya Cutting Board Shreds.
Although they have vegan cheese alternative available, Blaze Pizza doesn’t offer vegan meat alternatives as of yet. But their vegetable toppings are extensive, with unique options like roasted broccoli, artichokes, kalamata olives, and more.
They also have “finishes” which you can get sprinkled on your pizza after it bakes or on the side. The dairy-free options include arugula, BBQ drizzle, balsamic glaze, buffalo sauce, chimichurri drizzle, olive oil drizzler, oregano, and sea salt. Just stay away from the more obvious dairy culprits: ranch and pesto.
Allergens & Cross-Contamination at Blaze Pizza
Blaze Pizza does offer the aforementioned gluten-free crust. But they are upfront about a high level of gluten cross-contamination risk during the pizza prep process. We’ve read that this is a peanut-free and nut-free establishment, but check at the location before you order. And it looks like all of their dairy-free menu items are also soy-free! Their special diets wizard online also covers eggs, seafood, artificial color, and nitrates.
But a word of caution. I did visit a Blaze Pizza and found their procedures to be very high risk for cross-contamination. Not only did they use shared gloves, but the cheese alternative was in a vat next to the cheese, so the dairy cheese could easily get into the dairy-free cheese. (The staff even warned me of this.) Mod Pizza stores the dairy-free cheese alternative in an enclosed container away from their other toppings and the staff changes their gloves before handling. You might be able to ask the staff at Blaze to open a new package and change their gloves, if needed.
Where to Find Blaze Pizza
You can find this pizzeria in nearly every U.S. state, and now in some Canadian provinces. They even have a few shops in the Middle East. See their website below for locations, hours, and to order online.