Celiac.com 01/09/2013 - Since 2009, gluten-free items have seen an astonishing 114% growth rate on restaurant and food establishment menus nationwide.

Photo: CC--Stu SpivackThat trend seems set to continue in 2012, with news that gluten-free offerings were the top addition to American pizza menus.

In addition to the controversial move by Domino's Pizza to launch a gluten-free crust (though not a gluten-free pizza), numerous other pizza retailers also added gluten-free offerings in 2012.

Some notable examples include Gatti's Pizza, Pie Five Pizza Co., Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, Detroit Style Pizza Co., Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, Canada's Pizza 73, NYPD Pizza and Mazzio's.

Meanwhile, major pizza retailer Chuck E. Cheese continued to expand its current national gluten-free pizza offerings.

Additionally, Naked Pizza sought to bring attention to celiac disease and gluten-free issues by honoring leaders in the celiac disease and gluten-free communities through its inaugural sponsorship of the Foggy Awards.

A number of other pizza retailers with gluten-free pizzas and other offerings include: Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, Godfather's Pizza, Patxi's Chicago Pizza, and Extreme Pizza, to name just a few.

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