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UTSanDiego.com – March 6th, 2012 – By Michelle Dederko  – Some choose a gluten-free lifestyle based on a personal preference, while others require it for health concerns. If you’re not familiar with this nemesis of many sufferers, gluten is the name for the storage protein found in grains. It shows up in pastas and breads and can make dining anywhere turn into an ordeal.

While it sounds difficult to cut out the pizza parties or avoid Little Italy’s finest restaurants, gluten-free options are (finally) becoming more mainstream. As many of our San Diego restaurants are offering fresh, organic, and whole foods on their menus, you can now leave your own kitchen behind and have a night dining out on the town, no holds barred.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza: Pizza has never looked so good, and now it’s good for you, too. The chef at Sammy’s has trained his kitchen staff to know the ins and out of gluten-free preparation, making sure the menu is contamination-free. The selection features gluten-free tapas such as Baba Ghanoush and Hummus with garbanzo beans, lemon, tahini and garlic dip, served with hearts of romaine. For fresh, light options choose from a gluten-free Oak Roasted Chicken Breast, Grilled Chicken Wrap, Chilled Roasted Vegetable Salad, Grilled Shrimp Salad, or Fresh Organic Beets and Arugula Salad. Of course, there are pizza options for the gluten-free eater, including Brie Cheese with Truffle Oil Pizza, LaDou’s Barbeque Chicken Pizza, or a favorite Redwood Hill Farms Smoked Goat Cheddar Pizza. Leave on a sweet note with classic Cotton Candy dusted with cocoa powder. For more information, visit sammyspizza.com

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