Sticking to a gluten free diet has become more popular over the years. Likewise, some must avoid gluten because of medical conditions and health issues. It can make eating out much more difficult because of the numerous foods that contain wheat, such as pizza. Here at Tony’s Pizza, we offer gluten free pizza to make going out to grab a bite a little easier.

Why People Avoid Gluten

If you’re unfamiliar with gluten, it is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, triticale, and barley. The gluten in food can cause unwanted effects once ingested that range in severity. The effects of gluten ingestion range in severity depending on medical diagnosis:

  • Celiac
  • Intolerance/Sensitivity
  • Allergy
  • Ataxia

Reactions to gluten can be anywhere from mild to severe or even deadly depending on one’s diagnosis. Regardless, each type of medical condition requires a diet that limits gluten intake.

A few symptoms may appear as bloating, diarrhea, rash, headaches, and constipation. Celiac Disease also shows similar symptoms, but small intestinal damage will also occur in these individuals. Lastly, ataxia is a neurological disease that causes the immune system to target certain parts of the brain as a response to gluten ingestion.

Choosing a Gluten Free Diet: Top 5 Reasons

Even if they lack a dietary disorder, many people choose to adopt a diet free of gluten or wheat for a multitude of reasons. Here are some of the main benefits of eating gluten free:

  1. Your Digestive System Says Thanks

No human can completely digest gluten. In fact, eliminating gluten from your diet often allows you to fill it with other digestible foods. Thus,  a gluten-free diet is easier on your digestive system as it quickens the rate at which nutrients pass to your cells.

  1. Less Bloating And Gas

Gas is often produced in the large intestine when you eat a lot of starchy foods. Finding a replacement for this grain will likely decrease your bloating and gas.

  1. Lowers Insulin Spikes

It is no secret that the American diet contains plenty of refined white flour. This flour is a high-glycemic food, which means your body digests it quickly. In turn, this digestion causes a spike in insulin. Too much of this can then lead to a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

  1. Clearer Skin

Even though it hasn’t been scientifically proven, many individuals have found that removing gluten from a diet clears blemishes on the skin. Researchers argue that gluten causes inflammation, which is what triggers breakouts and acne on the skin.

  1. Decreased Cholesterol Levels

When one consumes too many of these simple carbohydrates, such as refined flour, it can negatively affect both HDL and good cholesterol. Plus, increased consumption of simple carbohydrates may raise your LDL or bad cholesterol.

Gluten Free Dieting When Eating Out

Dining out can become challenging when you stick to a gluten free diet, regardless if it’s for health or personal reasons. Wheat flour, a source of gluten, is a huge part of the American diet.

For example, this type of flour is used to thicken soups, gravies, and various condiments. All sorts of baked goodies from bread and pizza to cakes and cookies contain flour.

It can be difficult to determine if something contains gluten. Many manufacturers derive ingredients from a grain that contains gluten, as it is. A key example of this is malt flavoring or extract.

Here at Tony’s, we understand your frustration when adhering to a gluten free diet. We all want to share a slice of pizza with friends every once in a while or grab a delicious pizza when there’s no time to cook.

Because of this, we offer 2 different types of gluten free crusts. The rice flour-based crust tastes similar to that of a traditional pizza crust. Our cauliflower crust is filled with nutrients for an option that’s even healthier.

FAQs About Tony’s Gluten Free Pizza

It takes commitment to adhere to a gluten free diet. Each of us here at Tony’s want you to confidently choose our food when you go out. Here are a few of our answers to common questions about gluten free pizza to help you out:

How Do You Avoid Cross-Contamination in Your Kitchen?

For anyone with celiac disease, it’s a real concern that gluten will be unintentionally transferred to your food. The smallest amount of gluten can still lead to a severe reaction.

Tony’s takes these concerns seriously. We trained our entire staff to pay attention and keep food gluten free. The staff is thorough and careful, as each member washes their hands and employs fresh gloves before preparing your food.

Regardless, we know even the smallest bit of gluten is dangerous for some. So, it is necessary to inform diners that our gluten free pizza is made in the same kitchen as our regular pizza.

Does Gluten Free Pizza Come with Toppings?

There are a multitude of toppings offered to everyone, regardless of their relationship with gluten. Be sure to ask your server for our gluten free topping options before ordering.

An extra tip: stop by Ava’s Cupcakes for a gluten free dessert if you’re craving something sweet after your meal. Ava’s two locations offer gluten free cupcakes daily.

How About the Family Members that Eat Gluten?

We know gluten free pizza isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of other options available for those who do enjoy a gluten-filled diet!

Tony’s Pizza boasts a menu for all tastes. We have a variety of salads, subs, calzones, strombolis, and other Italian fare. We also offer NY-style pizza! Plus, Tony’s makes sure to cater to the younger members, with our kids’ menu that has smaller-sized portions fit for a budget of $5 or less. Our weekly specials are another addition to keep your budget low.

Don’t forget about our loyalty program! It’s a great way to earn points for eating yummy food. You can join by downloading the app or speaking to a staff member the next time you dine with us. Once joined, don’t wait to start earning points while doing what you love best: eating at Tony’s Pizza.

Are you looking for a delicious lunch near me? Drop by Tony’s Pizza for subs, salads, pizza, Italian entrees, and daily lunch specials. Better yet, our recipes were passed down through the generations from Calabria, Italy. So, if you choose Italian or pizza, rest assured, it’s authentic! Today, we have six locations in the Charlotte and Hickory area. We’d love to serve you and your family.

New York-Style Pizza

Speaking of authentic, we bring you delicious New York-Style Pizza directly from Brooklyn. In the early 1900s, Gennaro Lombardi developed NY-Style pizza when he opened the first pizzeria in the United States in Lower Manhattan. Since then, many chain restaurants have attempted to replicate this style of thin-crust pizza.

Here at Tony’s, we do things a bit differently than those chains! We use fresh ingredients and traditional recipes to create the perfect pie, based on our family recipes and Brooklyn background. Starting with a thin, hand-tossed crust, our chefs begin the delicious process. Then, we top it with our unique tomato sauce, high-quality cheese, and your choice of other toppings.

Our most popular toppings include traditional fare such as pepperoni and extra cheese. Of course, you’re welcome to choose whatever you like. In addition to choosing your own toppings, we have a few specialty options:

  • The Worx: Our “everything” pizza, with pepperoni, sausage, beef, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and black olives
  • Pizza Bianco: For those of you who love a white pizza variety – ours has ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella cheese
  • 5 Boroughs: A meat-lovers pizza with bacon, beef, ham, pepperoni, and sausage
  • The Greenhouse: The ultimate vegetarian pizza with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, black olives, spinach, and mushrooms

Feel free to dine in or get it to go! Or, we offer delivery through mulitple services, including Doordash, Slice, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. We have multiple locations in Charlotte, Mooresville, Huntersville and Hickory. We also are close to Davidson, Matthews, Pineville, Lake Norman and Conover. If you’re looking to order pizza in Charlotte, Hickory or any of the surrounding areas, we’ve got you covered.

Tony’s Has More Than Just Pizza

Moreover, if pizza isn’t really your favorite meal (how is that possible?!), no worries. Our menu includes lots of other options when you’re craving lunch near me. Here are just a few of our other choices:

  • Subs
  • Salads
  • Wings
  • Meatballs
  • Stromboli
  • Calzone
  • Baked Ziti
  • Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Meat Lasagna
  • Baked Ricotta Cheese Ravioli
  • Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Our appetizer menu also includes Italian sausage, garlic knots, garlic bread, toasted ravioli, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, cheesy bread, fried mushrooms, and french fries. Likewise, we have a kids‘ menu that has seven different meal options for $5 and under.

Desserts To Finish Your Delicious Lunch Near Me

Often, our guests crave something sweet at the end of their meal. Try one of our authentic Italian desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth!

First, if you’re a coffee fan, try our tiramisu. First created in Treviso, a small town near Venice in Italy, tiramisu gained popularity in America in the 1980s. With thick layers of mascarpone-based cream and a dusting of cocoa powders on top, it’s perfect if you love a sweet dessert that isn’t too sweet.

Cannoli is another tasty feature on our menu. We fill these fried tubes of pastry with a mixture of sweet cream and ricotta cheese, mixed together with chocolate chips. Then, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Coming from Sicily, this dessert is a centuries-old treat. Today, folks around the world enjoy Cannoli with a variety of different fillings and toppings. Although, we think our traditional-style recipe can’t be beat!

Looking for something a little different? Grab a slice of delicious limoncello mascarpone cake. Often served as an after-dinner drink, Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur popular in southern Italy. True to its name, it has a strong lemon flavor. Our dessert has layers of sponge cake infused with limoncello and Italian mascarpone. To finish it off, we top it with white chocolate curls.

Last but never least, we revisit our deep Brooklyn roots with our authentic New York-style cheesecake. Order a slice for a dense, rich yet slightly tangy and sweet end to your meal here at Tony’s Pizza.

FAQs about Our Lunch Fare

We’d love to answer any questions you have about our lunch menu. Here are a few frequently asked ones to get you started.

Do you offer lunch specials?

Yes! We have daily specials that are valid all day in addition to specials available until 4 PM. Choose from our daily slice special or our daily sub special. Both come with a side and drink. Every day, we also have a 10-inch pizza lunch special. If you love deals, also follow us on Facebook to be the first to know about any extra offers and events here at Tony’s. Likewise, sign up for our loyalty program and allow for push notifications so that you don’t miss a deal!

What should I order for lunch?

Can’t decide? If you’re not sure what to order, our staff would be happy to recommend an option based on your tastes. Our entire menu is available for lunch. Many people love our slice special for lunch, since it’s quick and you can enjoy our pizza without committing to an entire pie.

Do you have a loyalty program?

As mentioned above, indeed we do! If you love our pizza and other great food (and we know you will!), join our loyalty program and earn points every time you come to our Italian restaurant. Just download the “Tony’s Mario’s” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Or, sign up by giving our staff your mobile number when you eat in our dining room. Start earning today by dining at any of our locations for a delicious Italian lunch!

Are you on the hunt for the best pizza in Charlotte? Never fear, Tony’s Pizza is here for all your pizza and Italian food needs. From our giant 24-inch NY-style pizza to our gluten-free pizza, we have something for every single pizza lover! Read our latest blog to learn a little more about our menu, special offers, and where to find us.

Tony’s Pizza – Pizza for Everyone

One of the best things about Tony’s Pizza is not only that we have some of the best pizza in Charlotte but we also have pizza for all tastes and needs. That includes covering pizza needs for the tiniest customers to the ones with dietary restrictions.

Toppings Galore

First, and to some arguably most importantly, you need a pizza place to offer a variety of toppings. This means that you can get a different pizza every single visit!

At Tony’s we offer a huge variety of regular and premium toppings. Our regular toppings at Tony’s Pizza include:

  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Sliced sausage
  • Beef
  • Ham
  • Chorizo
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Banana peppers
  • Bell peppers
  • Roasted peppers
  • Black olives
  • Fresh garlic
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Salami
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Jalapenos
  • Green olives
  • Beef roni
  • Eggplant
  • Meatball
  • Bacon
  • Canadian bacon

Our premium toppings (subject to an additional charge) include:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Crispy chicken
  • Steak
  • Feta cheese
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Broccoli
  • Anchovies
  • Kalamata olives
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Roasted red peppers

Variety of Sizes

Next, having a choice of sizes is as equally important as offering a variety of toppings. We offer five sizes of pizza:

  • 10 inches
  • 15 inches
  • 17 inches
  • 19 inches
  • 24 inches

Plus, you can also get cheese and pepperoni by the slice!

Specialty Pizzas

Avoid the headache of a family fight about pizza toppings by choosing one of our popular specialty pizzas. They come in all the above sizes too.

The Worx

As the name suggests, this pizza comes with the works. It is fully loaded with pepperoni, sausage, beef, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers, and black olives.

Pizza Bianco

Looking for a more simplistic pizza? Our Pizza Bianco is for you then as it is complete with ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella cheese.

5 Boroughs

If you love meat, then this pizza will delight you! Our 5 Boroughs includes: bacon, ham, beef, pepperoni, and sausage.

The Greenhouse

Finally, in contrast to the 5 Boroughs pizza, The Greenhouse is perfect for veggie lovers. Toppings include tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, black olives, spinach, and mushrooms.

Dietary Restrictions

If you can’t have gluten or are vegan, we have options for you too! We have a 10-inch cauliflower crust that tastes so good you’d never know it’s made from a vegetable. Plus, we have a gluten-free crust available in 10 or 14 inches. Lastly, we also offer vegan cheese.

Kids’ Menu Options

Treat the kids and don’t break the bank with our Kids’ Menu pizza slice options. Both our cheese and pizza slice kids’ meals come with a kid-sized drink and are under $4! This means parents can enjoy whatever pizza and toppings they want on their personalized pizza and kids stay happy with their very own slice of pizza.

Loyalty Club – Earn Free Pizza!

We love our customers and want to show them how much through our amazing loyalty club. If you join our loyalty club, you will get freebies, deals, online ordering access, and much more.

What Can I Earn?

A few examples of what you can earn:

  • A free slice of pizza simply by joining
  • Receive 1 point for every $2 you spend
  • After earning 50 points, receive a $5 credit
  • Special offers and prizes
  • Bonus points
  • Double points days

How Do I Sign Up?

Ready to sign up and earn some free pizza? There are three easy ways to sign up.

  1. Download the “Mario’s Tony’s” App in your app store
  2. Sign up online by visiting our website.
  3. Visit us and when you order give us your mobile number to join

Where and When Does the Loyalty Club Work?

You will receive points at any of our Mario’s or Tony’s Pizza locations. This means if you take a trip up to the Piedmont Triad and visit any of our sister restaurants, a.k.a. Mario’s Pizza, you’ll still get points. Our Mario’s Pizza locations include:

  • Winston-Salem (3 locations)
  • Clemmons (1 location)
  • Greensboro (2 locations)
  • High Point (2 locations)

When you visit in-store be sure to provide your phone number with the order to earn points. If you order online through the loyalty app, then you will automatically earn points with the order. If you order on our website, make sure that you log into our loyalty program.

Serving Charlotte & Beyond!

We have six convenient locations in the greater Charlotte area.

Three of our locations are within Charlotte at:

Additionally, we have three other Tony’s Pizza locations in the area at:

Best of all, thanks to the diversity of locations we can serve many families in nearby small towns and communities. Some of those include:

  • Davidson
  • Matthews
  • Lake Norman
  • Pineville
  • Fort Mill, SC
  • Conover
  • Cornelius

Look No Further than Tony’s Pizza for the Best Pizza in Charlotte

Are you ready to try some amazing and incredibly satisfying pizza? Then, stop into Tony’s Pizza today! We aim every day to prove ourselves as the best pizza in Charlotte! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest specials, updates, and menu offerings.

Let’s face it, people’s lives are busy. Therefore, take out is often a necessity. From working, running errands, and getting the kids to their activities, there’s rarely time left to cook. Luckily, Tony’s Pizza can do it for you!  Likewise, when you’re busy, you need more than just quick food. It’s crucial that ordering is easy too. When searching for pizza places near me with easy online ordering and delicious food, pick Tony’s Pizza.

Ordering Online And Via Apps

Our busy lives demand convenience. Restaurant apps and online options make acquiring a hot meal for the family easier than ever. Just a little bit before mealtime, place an order, pick it up and consider dinner done! Or, pick a delivery service to bring your dinner right to your doorstep. Plus, everyone can order what they want rather than everyone having to select the same thing. Not only does this save time, everyone is happy with their delicious and personalized meal.

When you order out, you have tons of options. From burgers to chicken and Chinese to Latino, there is a lot to choose from. Unsurprisingly, pizza is one of America’s favorite choices. In fact, pizza is the food that most Americans would wish to eat for the rest of their lives. We totally get that!

Clearly, a quick internet search for pizza places near me proves that plentiful pizzerias exist. However, when you’re craving authentic New York-style pizza, Tony’s Pizza is your best option.

Pizza Places Near Me- New York Style

In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi introduced Americans to pizza. In the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan, he opened the countries first pizzeria. It quickly became a phenomenon and is akin to the NY-Style pizza we crave and adore today.

When Italians migrated to different parts of the country, these New York-style pizzerias migrated with them. In 1981, brothers Vinny, Tony, and Mario left Brooklyn and moved to the North Carolina coast where they opened a pizzeria in Jacksonville and Havelock.

Today, you can find Tony’s Pizza in Charlotte, Mooresville, Hickory, and Huntersville. Our restaurants are conveniently located to also serve the surrounding towns of Matthews, Lake Norman, Pineville, and Fort Mills. Plus, we offer convenient ordering from your smartphone or computer.

Fantastic Pizza And Italian Cuisine

Tony’s serves up several kinds of delightful pizzas New York style. Choose from 5 sizes – our 10” to our humungous 24”. Additionally, we have over 30 delicious toppings. Similarly, if you’d rather let us plan the toppings, pick one of our specialty pizzas. We even have a gluten-free option and vegan cheese for customers with special dietary needs.

Conversely, you may be in the mood for a calzone, stromboli, or sub. No worries! We’ve got that too! Furthermore, if you’d like something lighter, we also serve salads.

For kids, we have a menu for junior appetites. Our smaller portions are just the right size for little people.

Get Big Rewards with Our Loyalty Program

If you’ve already discovered our food, then you’ll enjoy our rewards program. For every in-store or online purchase, you earn 1 point for $2 spent. Once you reach 50 points, you get a $5 certificate towards your next purchase.

It’s easy to join and you receive a gift just for signing up! Download our app from the Google Play store or sign-up online. Or, ask one of our associates to sign you up the next time you visit.

Plus, we offer bonus points days and opportunities to earn extra rewards by signing up for our newsletter. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for news on upcoming specials.

FAQs About The Best Pizza Places Near Me

Not surprisingly, you’ll find twenty plus pizzerias just in Charlotte alone. Thus, finding the best pizza places near me can be challenging. To help us stand out from the rest, we’ve answered a few of our most commonly asked questions.

What Makes New York-Style Pizza Special?

Often, New York-style pizza offered outside of New York city isn’t quite the same. Truly, you need someone who knows how to properly work the dough. That’s one of several tricks to creating authentic-style pizza. Similarly, you must you use high-quality ingredients. And…we add a little of our own magic as well!

Being Italian Brooklyn boys, our owners Vinny, Mario and Tony are well-versed in pizza dough tossing. Our pies are thick and crispy along the edge, yet soft enough to fold in half to eat.

Are Your Recipes Authentically Italian?

The history of Brooklyn, NY includes a huge influx of Italian immigrants who settled and made this area their home. These immigrants brought with them their family recipes from the old country.

Vinny, Tony, and Mario grew up among this large Italian population. Their meals included dishes made from family recipes from Calabria, Italy. Today, the brothers serve many of these same meals at their restaurants. You can’t get any more Italian than that.

Do You Handle Catering Orders?

Absolutely! You can order many of our delicious meals for your next event or party. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, calzones, pasta or strombolis, we can help make your get-together memorable. Better yet, you can order several of our appetizers or desserts to complete your meal. (Please call us at least 72 hours before your event to allow us time to prepare your order.)

What Makes Tony’s Pizza Special?

Of course, we think our pizza is delicious. However, others think so too. Check out our rave reviews from customers around the NC area.

Here’s one of our favorites from T Brazz:

One of the best pizza spots in Charlotte. I made the mistake of not taking a picture of the pizza in the box, lol. We got a 24′ inch…had to put the box in the back seat, lol. I’m originally from NY and this pizza can definitely get in the ring with the best spots in NY…highly recommend!

So, we’re offering up delicious food, satisfying servings, and a fabulous rewards program. What’s not to love? Don’t slave over your stove tonight! Instead, bring home an authentic, New York-style pizza that your friends and family will love.