Cauliflower crust pizza at Pizzeria Uno
For various health reasons too boring to get into here, I’m forced to lead a low carb-lifestyle. So when I was a meeting this evening at the local Pizzeria Uno’s, I expected to order a grilled chicken caesar salad, which is normally the only thing I can get when I go out.
But as I was sitting at the bar, waiting for the others to arrive, and pouring my woes out to the bartender, she mentioned that Pizzeria Uno now has a cauliflower crust pizza.
In fact, today was the first day they had it. I don’t know if that was true in other locations, but here in Massachusetts, they just got the new menus that very day.
I couldn’t find nutrition information anywhere, but the bartender did show me the ingredient label from the box the pizza crust came in. The first ingredient was cauliflower, followed by mozzarella cheese, then some gluten-free flours, and finally ending with xanthan gum. I didn’t get a chance to copy all that down because I didn’t realize I’d be writing an article about it!
The menu only had calorie counts, saying to subtract 30 calories from each slice when replacing the crust with the cauliflower crust.
Normally, a slice of their personal-size thin-crust pepperoni pizza is 150 calories a slice.
The pizza I got had six slices, so I’m guessing 120 calories each, for a total of 720 calories for the whole thing. Because, of course, who wouldn’t eat the whole thing?
I couldn’t get a carb count. I was worried that it was going to be like the Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza, which is pretty high in carbs — 16 net carbs a slice, for a total of nearly 100 for the whole pizza. But when I looked up the Trader Joe’s ingredients when I came home, I saw that they had no cheese in theirs — just cauliflower and various flours.
I looked around for similar pizzas that had mozzarella cheese as the second ingredient, and I found one from Cauli’flower foods, which came in at 1 gram of net carbs per slice.
Of course, their pizza is just the crust, no toppings — and, more importantly, no pizza sauce.
Say, there’s a quarter cup of sauce on the individual pizza, and, using Prego pizza sauce as an average example, that comes out to a total of 5 net carbs.
So, overall, I’m going to guess that the whole pizza had less than 10 grams of net carbs in it. Whoo hoo!
If you know of the exact calorie and carb counts for this pizza, please let me know in the comments — and I’ll update the article if I find the information anywhere else.
Update: It’s been over three hours since I had the pizza, and I’m not feeling the carb-craving feeling I normally get when I accidentally have too many carbs. Will check back in again later.
But on to the most important part.
So how did it taste?
It tasted like pepperoni and mushroom pizza. It was fine.
And I’m saying this in the best possible way.
The crust was sturdy and solid, I could eat it with one hand, it was chewy, and you couldn’t taste the cauliflower.
It wasn’t the best pizza that I had, it wasn’t some high-end gourmet thing — it was just regular pizza.
It was a totally normal pizza that you would go out and eat with normal people.
For me, that’s… well, it feels like a miracle. Pizza is the one thing I’ve missed most on a low-carb diet, especially going out for pizza, or having pizza delivered.
It was light-years ahead of any cauliflower pizza I have ever tried to make at home.
I hope that other pizza chains step up with their own options. Pizzeria Uno has totally proved that it’s possible, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that my local delivery places follow suit.
Until then, Pizzeria Uno will officially be the place I go out to on Friday or Saturday night, even if it is a slightly longer drive for me than the places I normally go — where I get the grilled chicken caesar salad.