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Pizza and Pasta, is there really any other food in Italy? Obviously for a Coeliac sufferer we hope so and fortunately with our help you should be able to get by without the two Italian staples.

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Volare
Rione I Monti, Rome View On Map
We were initially looking for a specific restaurant near the Coliseum, however they were closed. I require gluten free food due to Celiac disease, so we began to wander the area just looking for anything to eat. We walked by Volare and the host told us that she had gluten free spaghetti. It was delicious and she made such a specific effort to ensure that there would be no cross contamination. My boyfriend is vegetarian and they had plenty of options for him as well. Would definitely recommend.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-03-17

Ristorante Pizzeria 08cento24
Benevento, Campania View On Map
This restaurant overlooks the arch of Trajan in Benevento which is at the entrance to the main city. The restaurant is often closed during the day and then re-opens for dinner (as most of the town does). I suffer from Celiac disease and my boyfriend is pescatarian. They had food to accommodate both of us and it was delicious. We went two nights in a row- each night I ordered gluten free spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and parmesan. We also had a fish tartar appetizer which was delicious and my boyfriend enjoyed their pizza.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-02-26


Osteria Da Peppino
Pompeii, Naples View On Map
There is nothing bad I can say about this place, it was absolutely wonderful. It is located down an alleyway off of the main square of the town. When you walk in you are greeted by the loveliest people and brought back out onto the terrace. I found this place initially because it is AIC certified. Everything on the menu can be made gluten free and this does not mean it suffers in taste- at all. My boyfriend normally consumes gluten however on our vacation offered to eat gluten free as well so I could try as many dishes as possible (he is a sweetheart) and he said his meals here were some of the best of his life. We went here three nights in a row. Our constant was the Gnocchi - we both gave it a 10/10. It was amazing. The seafood is wonderful - it tastes like it was caught 20 minutes before you eat it. The ravioli was also amazing and they make amazing gluten free bread! Be sure to ask what the special for that is, we got a pumpkin and mushroom pasta (which was also to die for). The house wine is great and very inexpensive. It was a wonderful place that I wish I could visit daily.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-02-26


La Soffitta Renovatio
Rione XXII Prati, Rome View On Map
I cannot say enough good things about this place. We were staying near the Lepanto metro and walked to this restaurant 6 of our 8 nights in Rome. I have Celiac disease and my boyfriend does not, however, he chose to eat gluten free due to the quality of the food at this restaurant. Every time we visited we ordered the fried appeztizer, it came with fried zucchini and eggplant, dumplings with rice inside one and then potatoes and cheese in the other. It also had two type calzone things on the plate. Our first night in we had the seafood risotto and the gnocchi. Both were good however the risotto was very rich. We then proceeded to get the Buffalina pizza every time we went back (which is a very large pizza for one person) and then a pasta with seafood. After being here a few times they offered us free limoncello (which was delicious) and their house red wine was wonderful. Massamiliano was our waiter and was super nice. We have never felt more looked after in a restaurant. Wish we could go to this restaurant weekly.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-02-26


Il Desco
Casa di Giulietta, Verona View On Map
The restaurant was so stylish from the moment we set eyes on the beautiful green terrace outside, walking into the dark chic ambiance of the restaurant entrance. We had an extremely attentive waiter who ensured we had all we needed at all times.

The menu was very decadent and reflected the character of the restaurant very well. I had explained that I needed gluten-free, or 'senza glutine', dishes and the staff were very accommodating. We ordered our starters and mains, but before we began, our waiter brought out an amuse bouche of a trio of taster dishes. The mini dishes themselves were colourful and beautiful. My favourite was the cooling tomato gazpacho-like dish. The starter was served with warm gluten-free homemade bread. Oh, the bread. It was most definitely one of the best GF fresh bread rolls I have ever had.

We then had yet another amuse bouche before our main, which is one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten in a restaurant. It was a poached egg in a small glass, but the egg consistency was almost like a foam. It really was incredible and so delicious. It really is something of a fantastical menu.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAlex_ / glutenfreealexblog.wordpress.com On: 2017-01-28


Trattoria Madonna
Campo San Polo, Venice View On Map
Lovely very busy restaurant near the Rialto bridge. Staff not at all fazed by my request for GF menu, I had taken my Italian GF restaurant card with me. Spider crab salad to start, any pasta dish available with GF pasta & served at the same time as my companions, no long wait for me. No GF puds on the menu but the waiter had the kitchen make me a strawberry and sweet wine concoction that was delicious. Relatively inexpensive for Venice and bags of noisy atmosphere!
Recommended By: Ann James On: 2013-10-19


Le Botteghe di Donatello
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
Before going to Florence I dutifully wrote down the names and address of many places that catered for a gluten free diet but, frankly, this was the easiest to find, namely because we had to walk quite close to it on the way back to the hotel, and also as the hotel receptionist recommended it for having a coeliac menu. Indeed it does...all the time. The coeliac menu, at Botteghe di Donatello, is available all the time and is proudly posted beside the normal menu. In fact when you open up the physical menu the first page you see is the coeliac menu on the first page taking pride of place rather than hidden in a back page. How wonderful!

The nice thing about this restaurant is that the whole gluten free menu is very easy and simple to manoeuvre. They have a small but sufficient selection of items which are gluten free and also listed separately so it is very clear what you are ordering. The first time I went I opted for the seafood pasta which was absolutely gorgeous. Just before the meal came the bread was delivered. A few minutes later he reappeared with some warmed up gluten free bread for me! Yay! I thoroughly enjoyed my seafood spaghetti. The seafood was fresh, the sauce was quite dense in tomato taste but at the same time it tasted of the sea. I was really pleased to have the bread to mop up the left of sauce with. Yummy!

Finally I had to go back for dessert! I choose the chocolate tart which frankly can only be better described as "Nutella cake" it was gorgeous! I think it was made using a nut flour as it had the density of nut taste but it also meant the cake was quite soft and delicate. Yum yum!!
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-10-05


Ristorante Il Tinello
Capri, Amalfi Coast View On Map
Some of our best delights, however, were unexpected. By which I mean you turn up expecting a limited menu and then they surprise you entirely by bringing out something special. This happened to us twice. The first time was on the island of Capri in a truly fabulous little place called Ristorante Il Tinello. It was down a winding back street away from the crowds. I mentioned coeliac disease and the waiter reappeared with a posh-looking bag of gluten free pasta, tied with a ribbon! Needless to say, I had the pasta, which was perfectly cooked, with a simple basil and tomato sauce.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2013-08-25


La Fenice
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast View On Map
There is a specifically gluten free restaurant in Sorrento called La Fenice, which is registered with the Italian Coeliac Society. They were very aware and had a good selection of starters, pastas and mains. Be aware, though, that if you want pizza you need to order it in advance. I had the gnocchi (which is often not gluten free, as while it is made from potato it is usually dusted with wheat flour) followed by veal, which was excellent. The desserts were a bit of a disappointment as they were basically fruit.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2013-08-25


Ristorante Donatello
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
Gluten free travellers have no worries going to Florence, right by the duomo on its northern side is a wonderful restaurant with a separate gluten free menu with lots of options including pizza and. Pasta, it was like having a normal meal with no fuss whatsoever about needing go food, prices were very reasonable and food and service excellent.
Recommended By: Rick Walker On: 2013-08-25


The Clubhouse
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
The best gluten free pizza in Florence at affordable prices!
Recommended By: Luca On: 2013-07-16


Mercure Napoli Centro Angioino
Castel Nuovo, Naples View On Map
At the time of booking the hotel I had asked them to provide gluten free items for breakfast but as I had not heard back from them and because my previous gluten free Italian experience had been dire I had absolutely no expectations. I took along my rice cakes and oat cakes for breakfast. We went along to the breakfast room chose a table with a panoramic view of Castel Nuovo and then the surprise came. There was a full section of packaged gluten free items: bread rolls, cake bars, packs of crackers, biscuits and individual cereal packets! It was astounding. This was ideal for breakfast. It had a range of things. Seriously, hotels need to be more like this. Hotels please note: there was a choice of things, there was no risk of cross contamination as everything gluten free was listed on a sign (and on packaging) and in addition if you needed to grab something as a snack for the day it was very easy to do. Full marks go to the Mercure for this.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-06


Rossopomodoro
Piazza Plebiscito, Naples View On Map
So somewhere past my third walk up to Piazza Plebiscito we were walking along the street when we looked across and saw a sign saying "Pizza Senza Glutine - Schar base". There was nothing else to do, we crossed the road, asked about the sign, got a yes and before we knew it we were sat waiting for food. At this point time was passing along and keeping in mind we NEEDED to be at the start of the Giro d'Italia and not researching gluten free pizza in Naples things had to speed up. It looked very likely that if things did not move along we would have had to pay and leave pizza-less! Fortunately my gluten free pizza arrived, I have no idea how but I managed to chop this piping hot pizza up and eat it as quickly as possible. I don't even think my brain knew how to register how amazing it tasted. It was just excellent but I had to eat as quickly as I physically could! All was good. We left bang on thirty minutes later for a very full and demanding afternoon/early evenings worth of work.

So around 8pm, I was exhausted, hungry, carrying heavy equipment and walking past Rossopomodoro it was just so easy to go back and sit outside in the shade and have another gluten free pizza. I know it is boring to go back to the same place twice but, honestly, it was very worth it. This time with plenty of time on our hands we settled into our chairs and this time actually soaked in the atmosphere of the restaurant. I guess I should point out that this place is not fine dining. First impressions it looks and feels like a tourist trap, but it should be pointed out that there were plenty of local Italians coming in and kissing the staff hello before settling down to pizza and huge bowls of salad. So I am undecided if it is a straight forward tourist trap or local haven. Either way it seems to be part of an international chain, with a website, which does not mention gluten free anywhere.

The routine in Rossopomodoro seems to go a bit like this; you go in and say you would like gluten free pizza. The waiters say yes. They seat you at a table. Then the waiter heads off towards the kitchen for about 10 minutes. They come back and hand you the gluten free menu and then you can order. I guess it's when they go off to the kitchen that either the Schar bases come out of the freezer or the dough gets made up. The bases did not remotely taste like a premade base so I am baffled as to how they did things. The actual base was amazing, it was crispy, but not hard. It was doughy and soft but not get stuck in your teeth type soft. I don't understand what they did or how they did it. It was amazing. For me this was the ultimate base. Tourist trap or not this place does fantastic gluten free pizza for a walk in clientele I wish more places in the world were like this.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-06-06


MyGuestRoma
Nomentana, Rome View On Map
This is the place to be for all the gluten free intolerant who know what it means having to constantly check the food you are served. I have picked My Guest Roma carefully. I was immediately conquered by their customer service. My e-mails were answered within minutes, even after I have already secured the room. For months Gioia and Stefano helped me finalize the smallest details of my trip such as finding a gluten free bed and breakfast in Florence, restaurants, trains . My expectations were fulfilled. The room looked exactly as on their website, so did the breakfast room with its marble garments on the wall. Breakfast was incredibly rich, nothing comparable to what I was ever served in other bed and breakfasts or even at a 3 star hotel. Not just with regard to the gluten free variant my daughter had ordered. For instance, hot drinks were prepared in a professional machine which had some 15 options of drinks ( from the chocolate milk based to the water based one, to the mocha, the expresso, Black coffee,cappuccino, or light cappuccino...). There were 5 -6 kinds of juices, pastries, cereals, cheeses, seasonal fruits, yogurts. My daughter was offered everyday a different dish with a variety of salted /sweet croissants, cookies, rice bread, cereals or crackers....all gluten free, and all served by Stefano himself. Nothing was ever too much of an issue. Once were late at breakfast , but Stefano insisted we would sit and take our time. He responded with a to every request with smile. Actually, things didn't even had to be mentioned. For instance, we were helped with our luggage upon arrival and were offered to leave it a secure place upon departure. We particularly appreciated such a service as we felt it to be safe, not being accessible to other customers at all. The staff personally delivers cases from and to it. With no hesitation I consider My Guest Rome the best gluten free b&b I have ever stayed at.
Recommended By: ROBERT KAULEN On: 2012-12-28


L'Antico Dolo
Rialto Bridge, Venice View On Map
As ever, it took time to find among the narrow maze of streets, but it had gluten free pasta (the only time I ever ate GF pasta in Italy). I also got rice cakes. Traditional Venetian cooking, lovely, but over-priced, par for the course in this most overrun of cities.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11


Trattoria Da Nico
Rialto Bridge, Venice View On Map
Another restaurant we stumbled upon and seemed to know about coeliacs was the Trattoria Da Nico, between the Rialto and St Mark's Square. We had the naturally gluten free classic of parma ham and melon followed by freshly prepared mushroom risotto. The risotto was just right, still with a bite to it and creamy without being glutinous, and excellently seasoned.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11


Hostaria Vite Rossa
Venice Mestre, Venice View On Map
We turned up one night without booking, which was a mistake, because the place was spilling out onto the pavement. Despite the crowds, and while we couldn't get a table, a waiter took the time to sort us out with some gluten free cicchetti (snacks) in the bar, including aubergine with cheese and anchovies, a couple of chicken legs, and pickled artichoke. When I eyed the gratings on the cicchetti dubiously he explained they were parmesan and not breadcrumbs.

We booked a table for our last night and had tasty plate of seafood and white fish followed by the most enormous Florentine T-bone steaks. As it was in Venice Mestre and not in Venice, the price was very reasonable. A good value option where we weren't treated like 'tourists' and a great finale to our holiday.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11


Hotel Tritone
Venice Mestre, Venice View On Map
We stayed in the Tritone in Venice Mestre on the mainland, a 15 minute bus ride from Venice itself, because it was convenient and a third of the price of many Venetian hotels. And then we found they provided breakfast items for coeliacs! There was a special plate of gluten free products including mueseli, cakes, biscuits and crackers (no bread) in the breakfast room. The very helpful waitress also pointed out the ham I couldn't have. She brought several extra items to our table as well.
Recommended By: downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11


MyGuestRoma
Nomentana, Rome View On Map
I remember MyGuestRoma with great fondness. We stayed there for some days during a celebration of our 46th wedding anniversary. The owner's (Stefano) knowledge of a gluten-free diet is accurate and dependable. A kosher diet is also possible. The accomodations at this bed and breakfast are excellent ...quiet, immaculate, beautifully appointed. The quiet location is but a short distance from the 'sites' and affords the traveller peace and quiet, but easy access. We ate many times at Ristorante Franco which can 'do gluten-free' ..one of the staff there has a child who is celiac. There is a supermarket very nearby as well!
Recommended By: Holly Bristow On: 2012-09-21


Trattoria Antipastoteca di Mare alla Voliga
Trieste, Adriatic Sea View On Map
This small restaurant on a quiet side street away from the bustling areas of the city, but just under the Castle, does not look like much. Although empty when we arrived, its 10 tables quickly filled with locals. It has excellent seafood. The waiter/chef/owner was very familiar with gluten-free (senza glutine) food. Upon hearing my additional allergies to corn and milk, he shook his head in amazement, and then cooked something specially for me. It was exquisite. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Recommended By: Cecily Morrison On: 2012-06-05


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