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Number of Reviews: 3

Review Type: Restaurant
Location: 2400 12th Avenue South Nashville TN 37204
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: (615) 269-4646


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Mafiaoza's Pizzeria - An Offer I Can Refuse,
June 26, 2011
Reviewer: from Nashville, TN

2.0 Palms
2.0 Palms
I was thrilled when I heard that a local restaurant called Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria now offers a gluten-free pizza crust option. Mafiaoza’s is a great little restaurant that we frequented before learning of my gluten intolerance. I love their mob motif. With pizzas called “Brother Fredo”, “The Fed”, and “Brass Knuckles” combined with the dim lighting, you’re sure to feel like you’re in a scene from The Godfather. Since I’ve learned of my gluten intolerance, I’ve only been to Mafiaoza’s for social reasons, mostly under duress, because all they could offer me was a dry salad. Imagine eating iceburg lettuce while smelling gourmet pizza, bruschetta, scampi cakes, and pastas. That’s just pure mafia torture. Since learning about Mafiaoza’s gluten-free pizza crust, I’ve been there twice. Gluten-free pizza is “an offer I can’t refuse”. But I don’t think I’ll be back again. The fact that being gluten-free has become a fad has made dining out both easier and more dangerous at the same time. It’s easier because there are more options for those who are truly gluten-intolerant or have Celiac disease. But it’s more dangerous because some restaurants don’t understand the severity of the disease or that providing a gluten-free option doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe for them to offer one. Providing a gluten-free crust is not the same as offering a “low fat” or “low carb” option. We are not trying to lose weight or jump on the latest celebrity diet. We are trying to stay well. This is a health and safety issue for us. And I don’t think everyone understands that. On our first visit, we ordered two different gluten-free pizzas. We had “The Greek” with plum tomatoes, red onion, black olives, green peppers, feta cheese, and a creamy Greek vinaigrette, and “The Irate Italian” with garlic, pecorino romano cheese, mozzarella, and black olives. Both pizzas were delicious! This was my first experience with French Meadow pizza dough, and it was delicious. What was not excusable was the dangerous manner in which the pizzas were served. “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” We were out to dinner with a family member who is not gluten intolerant. She ordered a pizza on regular wheat dough. When the three pizzas arrived, the server brought them out on a tray. And to my horror, the crust of my gluten-free pizza was resting on the crust of the gluten-filled wheat pizza! I didn’t make a scene. The Husband, who is not gluten- intolerant, ate the contaminated part of the pizza. And I ate the pieces farthest from that side. I did not get sick from gluten that night, but it sure did make me wonder. If that kind of carelessness occurred while serving, what was going on in the kitchen? I did have a chance to talk to the manager, thanked her for offering gluten-free pizza, and suggested that she inform her servers about the dangers of cross-contamination. A few months later, we tried Mafiaoza’s again with a non-gf couple. When I ordered my gluten-free pizza, I asked the waitress what they did in the kitchen to avoid cross- contamination. She answered my question with a question that was very telling of the current climate. (“…it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry.) Waitress: “So, are you really allergic?” Heather: “Yes!” Waitress: “Then they’ll change their gloves and use a different cutting board and utensils.” Would they have used those precautions if I hadn’t asked? We ordered “The Irate Italian” again and “The Last Request” with black olives, pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, garlic, green peppers, red onions, and jalepenos. The name truly fits the pizza. If I had one last request before the mob did me in, this pizza would be my choice. The pizzas were all served separately, so there was no cross- contamination between the kitchen and our table. This pizza was divine. I love hot and spicy food, and this flavorful pizza did not disappoint. But do you have any idea how much this 10-inch pizza cost? They charged us the same price as their 12-inch pizza, which is already a ridiculous $19.00, plus $3.00 extra for the gluten-free crust. A $22.00 10-inch gluten-free pizza in Nashville? If we were in New York City, I might understand, but that’s a bit extreme. “Sorry Johnny…but it’s only business.” So, we won’t be back to Mafiaoza’s. The risks in safety and the economics of it all are just not worth it to me. There are plenty of other restaurants that have earned my trust with their commitment to serving those who are truly gluten intolerant. For pictures of Mafiaoza's delicious-looking but possibly unsafe pizzas, (as well as other random Godfather quotes) see

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Gluten Free Pizza in Nashville, Tennessee,
October 13, 2010

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Best gluten free pizza I have had, hands down! The crew at Mafiaoza's is great! They are known for having the best pizza in Nashville, and now that holds true for the gluten free crowd as well. You can order almost any of the many, many toppings Mafiaoza's has to offer. I opted for a 3-cheese delicacy, and it was fabu! You do have to order a medium for gf pizza, which feeds about two people. The atmosphere is also great, especially for a nice night on the patio during football season....flat screens galore! They also have gluten free beer to have with your pizza. Come for a great night at Mafiaoza's and support their great gluten free efforts! (They also have a location in Birmingham, Alabama.)

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Gluten free pizza and beer in Nashville, TN!,
July 23, 2013

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
My nieces and nephews love the pizza offered with gluten free crusts and the adults love the gluten free beer options on the new menu!

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