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Flying Squirrel adds gluten-free pizza to menu

February 2nd, 2013 by master

In addition to ordering delivery from Flying Squirrel Pizza Co., you now can make that a gluten-free pizza, co-owner Bill Coury told us.

When the restaurant at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E. first opened in September 2011, they touted gluten-free options that included salads and other sides, but what many gluten-free diners really wanted was gluten-free pizza. At the time, Coury told us:

“We’re just not carrying [gluten-free pizza] right now because to be honest, it’s all terrible. We’ve tried recipes, we keep trying recipes, it’s just not up to our quality standards that we expect. … When we say gluten-free options, we mean that yes, we have a plethora of gluten-free salads, we just don’t have any gluten-free pizza. It’s not that we’ve given up on it, but everything we’ve tried so far just is not good.” 

Sounds like they’ve finally perfected their recipe! If you give it a try, let us know how it is.

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Flying Squirrel Pizza opening Thursday at 5 p.m.

August 30th, 2011 by master

After  months of waiting, the new Maple Leaf location of Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. is scheduled to open this Thursday, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m.

The restaurant is taking the place of the former A New York Pizza Place at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E., and required more extensive renovations than was originally expected, owner Bill Coury told us at the Maple Leaf Life Summer Social (where we snapped his picture at right).

He also told us the pizzeria would be open in time for Labor Day, and it looks like that deadline will be met. From his email:

A couple Flying Squirrel FAQ’s….

Yep…we’re kid friendly.  We don’t have a play area, nor encourage
running around, but we’re a family place!
Yep…we’ll have gluten-free options.
Nope…we don’t sell pizza by the slice.
Yep…we have lots of local beers and wines.
Nope…we don’t sell hard alcohol.
Nope…we don’t deliver.
Yep…we do takeout and love to see the neighborhood folks when they
pick up their pizzas.
Yep…we have amazing, salads, pizzas, appetizers, and sell Molly Moon
ice cream pints to go (also scoops in-house)

And a word of warning: In addition to fighting the Maple Leaf crowds that have been waiting for Flying Squirrel to open, you might have to fight Flying Squirrel’s loyal Seward Park fans for the first couple of weeks while that location is undergoing an extensive renovation. From Flying Squirrel’s Facebook page:

ATTN SEWARD PARK! Flying Squirrel Pizza in Seward is about to undergo a complete kitchen renovation. Due to this, we will unfortunately be closed starting tomorrow, Monday Aug. 29th – Sept. 15th. Sorry! However, we’re opening our Maple Leaf location on September 1st! So if you need a Squirrel fix, head on up and say hi to us in Maple Leaf.

It’s going to be an exciting weekend in Maple Leaf!

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