Corley is almost 11, so it is almost unusual that his first-ever trip to the emergency room was just this week. And it's not like he's not an active, let's climb on top of the treehouse, let's jump from great heights, let's do flips off the diving board kind of kid. I think he mostly lives a charmed life, which I think any parent would want for their son, even as they peek through their fingers during his feats of daring or have to look away all together when he pulls a stunt. His luck ran out at a recent end-of-school party with a weird accident on a trampoline. The conclusion from experts is that nothing is broken, but only time will tell how long it will continue to hurt. He did get a sling, which is not as cool as a cast, but it helps it not hurt so much. Plus he gets to show it off to his friends.
The golden lining of the trip first to the pediatician and then to the emergency room for x-rays is that Corley and I had a nice outing. Because my car is kind of hard to get in and out of the back seat, he got to ride in the front seat, which he loved. We had a more peer-like interaction than usual, and it was very sweet. It was past lunchtime when we got done at the hospital, so of course we needed to find pizza -- his favorite food. And we were in a neighborhood we don't spend a lot of time in, so I employed the Find Me Gluten Free app on my iPhone and identified a number of options not too far from the Bryn Mawr hospital. Turns out that the two closest ones were bake-at-home operations, and not what we were looking for. We happened to spot and pull into a Peace a Pizza, but for whatever reason, it didn't have the right vibe for Corley, so we decided to venture on. Find Me Gluten Free listed Main Line Pizza in Wayne, so we headed there.
Have to say, definitely NOT a restaurant for a romantic date (unless maybe you are in middle school and it's a group thing.) Probably not even very good for a Gluten-free Delaware County Meet-up. Not a lot of ambiance. Not a lot of seating. Not a lot of air conditioning. But when you are with your kid who loves pizza, it was perfect. Corley has a big appetite, so I didn't think sharing a gluten-free pizza would be enough food. I think I was wrong! I got him a whole medium regular pie and a gluten-free pizza for me. Tons of cheesy goodness! We both had pizza to spare and bring home. Corley really enjoyed the gluteny pie, and I really enjoyed the gluten-free one. The crust comes from Still Riding Pizza. It was thick -- more like what I remember Pizza Hut's hand-tossed pizza was like, not Chicago deep-dish thick -- and delicious. It was bread-like enough to stand on its own merits, not just as a delivery vehicle for sauce and cheese. (The leftovers were even good cold, which I don't think I've ever said about a gluten-free pizza before!) The Main Line Pizza guys talked the gluten-free talk very well, and appeared to take careful measures to avoid cross-contamination with other flours and ingredients. At first I balked at the $16.75 pricetag on the gluten-free pizza, but man, for the amount of food and the real pizza taste, I will not complain. The real test was the kid-centric taste test. Would your 10-year-old with celiac like it? Here's the verdict from my typical (but not average) 10-year-old pizza connoisseur. (Just so you know, this is the best gluten-free pizza I've ever had).