Bite: Rooftop Pizzeria - August 23, 2011

"I recommend the Classic #1, which is a traditional pizza margherita..."

I had never had a gluten-free pizza outside of my own kitchen, and I was extremely impressed with the ones I tried from Rooftop Pizzeria. The crust was like a thick, well-seasoned flatbread. The prices for the pizzas are quite reasonable, and they can make any of their selections wheat-free. I recommend the Classic #1, which is a traditional pizza margherita with huge slices of fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil.

Distance from Santa Fe Plaza:  A few hundred feet

Address: 60 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM 87501

Phone Number: 505.984.0008

Hours: Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m./ Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

             Winter Hours Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m./ Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.



Average Price: $12-15 for a gluten-free pizza/ $15-25 for an entree

Vegan Options: Yes (but only yummy salads)

Gluten-Free Options: Yes

Directions from the Plaza: Walk into the Santa Fe Arcade, walk to the back of the shopping center, and walk all the way up the stairs. The Rooftop Pizzeria is on the top floor.

Why I love this spot: If you are constricted with a gluten-free diet and crave Italian food like I do, it is easy to understand why I love this place.  The crust was thin and crispy, which seems to be the case with all of the gluten-free pizzas I have made at home. The ingredients were extremely fresh and flavorful. We took the pizzas to go, which saved us money on drinks and tipping. However, the restaurant itself has a very modern ambiance and a lengthy beer and wine list. It is located right off the Plaza, so it's a great place to go when you're downtown.