As a get-to-know you icebreaker in one of my classes this week, I had to interview one of my fellow classmates and then share their answers with the class. When asked about my favorite food it barely took a second for me to share that pizza is my cuisine of choice. After all, I indulge in my guilty pleasure at least once a week as evidenced by my seeking out of familiar and unfamiliar pizza places wherever I go. After crossing off gluten free crab cakes from my “new resident to-do list,” the next order of business was to find a reliably good and safe gluten free pizza option when the dining hall and dorm cooking just won’t cut it. On one of my mom’s final nights in the area before heading back to Central Florida, we ventured north of the city to Cokeysville to check out Ledo’s pizza which was recommended to me by one of my Twitter followers who informed me they are a hometown favorite. After a day jam-packed with orientation events and convocation, I couldn’t wait to give Ledo a try after watching my peers chow down on gluten and dairy laden pies for lunch that day.
I tip my hat to Ledo Pizza for being a restaurant role model in providing incredible gluten-free options for a price that gluten free customers can actually afford. After all, it’s hard to swallow paying $15+ for a decent pizza at many other independent and chain pizza restaurants only to have a pizza that’s personal-sized at the price of a medium or large gluten-filled pizza. Besides that, it was nice to have the local pizzaria feel as each location is family-owned and operated and has ties to the local community (such as a showing of support for the Baltimore Ravens). Since they have many locations in and around Baltimore, I’m glad to know that I can get a reliable and safe meal wherever I go around town. Florida folks should note that they have a location in Carrollwood (Tampa) so the gluten-free goodness can be had in the sunshine state.
Update (10/25/2014): I managed to find my way to another Ledo location near Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore while running errands. After taking a second look at their menu, I was pleased to find that they have a pizza that naturally comes without cheese! Freshly minted with their recent menu update, the “veg in” is a vegan, veggie-centric pizza that can be made gluten-free on their gluten-free crust. Jalepenos, red onion, tomato, spinach, basil, and cilantro (hold the black olives) are colorfully assembled atop their signature red sauce. This combination was bursting with fresh flavor. The crust was well done and as satisfying taste and texture-wise as my first visit. Although the restaurant was kind of slow mid afternoon on a Saturday, the staff were attentive and friendly.
I did spot more gluten-free options on their revamped menu such as soup (the black bean soup is gluten-free and vegan) and a margarita flat-a-tizer (flatbread appetizer that contained dairy). I’m glad to see that they are expanding options for those with dietary restrictions.
Word to the wise- be sure to order the “veg in,” not the “veg out” which is a totally different pizza that has cheese on top!
Cuisine: Gluten free pizza
Ideal For: Lunch, Dinner
Price: 8′ square gluten free cheese pizzas start at $7.99. Additional toppings are $0.75 each.
Accessibility: The restaurant is wheelchair accessible.
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Disclaimer: This review is based upon the information I have at the time of the review and does not reflect changes in ingredients or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.