I saw a sign along NY Route 89 that said "Wood Fired Pizza," and I had kids with me, so I pulled into the Copper Oven, located at the Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery in Ovid, NY. I didn't expect to be able to eat, but the kids were getting cranky and you can always mollify them with pizza.
They did have a few gluten free things on the menu -- a couple of salads and meat and cheese boards. When I explained that I was gluten intolerant, they told me they could bring me almond crackers instead of flat-bread with my meat and cheese board.
The cheese board was lovely. They brought out a wooden plank with three kinds of cheese (one was a blue cheese, which I don't eat, but the other two were excellent), some blackberry jam, and honeycomb.
Here's the thing about honeycomb. I have had it a couple of times before, and always assumed you were not supposed to eat the comb itself, as it was waxy and tough. Just recently though, I read an article about honeycomb that explained that older honeycomb may be tough and brittle (especially if you bought it at a tourist shop where it may have been on that shelf for ages), but that fresh honeycomb (less than a year old) will be soft enough to spread on a cracker.
So I spread it on my crackers and topped it with the sharper cheese -- Yum! The other cheese (chevre) paired very nicely with the jam.
The gluten-eating children gave the place mixed reviews. Copper Oven does not have a regular pizza sauce, the kind most kids would expect on a pizza. The had two choices -- a bbq sauce and a white sauce. All the kids were skeptical, but in the end, two of them actually liked their pizza a lot (they ordered the Fun-Guy, which has mushrooms, green onions, and cheddar with a white sauce). The other refused to try the pizza and got a charcuterie board with salami, ham, and mortadella, served with pickles and a corn salsa. The mortadella was not a hit, but he enjoyed the other two meats.
(Note: Copper Oven does NOT have a gluten free pizza.)
To soothe the disappointment over the non-traditional pizza, we next headed south a few miles to the Cayuga Lake Creamery. To my surprise, they had gluten free ice-cream cones on the menu! I had a chocolate and vanilla swirl soft serve (custard, not the fake non-dairy stuff you get at fast food places) in an actual cone. Wow! I had a moment of nostalgia remembering all the swirl ice-cream cones I had as a child, and enjoyed the sensation of biting into the cone, getting ice-cream and crunchy cone in one bite. Mmmmm. The cone itself was not great, but as I recall, the regular gluten-containing ones weren't gourmet fair either. They pretty much all tasted slightly like Styrofoam. That wasn't the point then, and it isn't now. The point is, I got an ice-cream cone!